“The Frequency” was originally conceived by journalist/editor Allan Hoving in the late 1990s as a model for a popular interactive "web show." Each week, the audience would contribute original multimedia content (what we now call UGC) on a single hot topic in the news. Expert moderators and community voting would help “filter” the best contributions, which would then be produced into a multimedia program to be aired on cable TV. 

Funding was unavailable to build "The Frequency" at the MIT Media Lab in 1997. It was completed as a Master's Project in the Interactive Communications program at Quinnipiac University in 2010. The show now runs on an accelerated 24 hour cycle, rather than weekly. Twitter and YouTube provide the “show engines” to aggregate and organize the user content. 

In April 2010, "The Frequency" featured the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting from Sudan. The Pulitzer Center promotes in-depth engagement with global affairs through its sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and an aggressive program of outreach and education.