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Public radio meets podcasting: A 4-part audio adventure

This 4-part series equips public media journalists like you to harness the power of podcasting in this crucial election year. ️️
  • Reach beyond the dial: Captivate audiences with immersive formats and spark vital civic conversations.

  • Repurpose & refresh: No need to start from scratch. Craft compelling bites from existing content to grab attention.

  • Snippets to sagas: Master narrative & long-form storytelling tools that weave powerful audio journeys.

  • Build your audience & fuel impact: Connect with a community hungry for reliable information and boost your station’s impact (and maybe budget!)

Ignite creativity, amplify your station’s reach, and strengthen democracy! 

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Session #3:  Narrative Podcasts

From concept to publication, the limited-series, narrative podcast can bring long-form reporting and investigative topics to your digital audience. We’ll hear from public radio producers and reporters on where to start and the storytelling tools, you’ll need along the way.

Moderator: Sáša Woodruff, Boise State Public Radio

Ashley Ahearn - Independent Podcast Producer

Ben Brock Johnson - Executive Producer, Podcasts - WBUR

Antonia Cereijido - Host, Imperfect Paradise - LAist

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)

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Session #4:  Beyond the Radio: Growing Your Podcast Audience

With so much content available on demand these days, finding new audiences and engaging in different ways is more important than ever. We catch up with leaders in the podcast marketing space to find out how public media podcasts can stand out in 2024.

Lizzie Breyer Bowman - Vice President, Growth and Marketing at Lemonada Media

Laura Krantz - Journalist, Author & Podcast Host

Maggie Taylor - Principal, Maggie Taylor Creative

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)

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Fighting the "chilling effect": How NHPR made the 13th Step podcast

Join NHPR's Lauren Chooljian and editor Alison MacAdam as they share this fascinating journey. They worked together for more than two years. The project wrapped together the challenges of reporting on substance use disorder, sexual misconduct and threats to press freedom and personal safety. Topics will include:

  • How they identified their story, amidst the noise. 
  • Source management
  • The editor/reporter relationship
  • Managing trauma, with sources and with colleagues
  • The ethical conundrum: How they decided to balance the personal angle with the investigation.
  • Getting sued: Tips on protecting yourself, colleagues and sources. 

This promises to be a "can't miss" opportunity!

Lauren Chooljian- Senior Reporter/Producer, NHPR

Alison MacAdam - Freelance Editor

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

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Legal Health Check with TrustLaw

Join TrustLaw Program Officer Livia Fry for a PMJA exclusive "Legal Health Check." TrustLaw is the global pro bono legal service of the Thomson Rueters Foundation - and they've developed a tool to assist organizations in taking stock of their current position and identifying operational legal needs that may arise in the coming months. This session will guide you through key questions regarding governance and administration, structuring matters, regulatory compliance, data privacy and protection and more. 

Livia Fry - TrustLaw Program Officer

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)

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The ABC's of Investigative Reporting

From pitching an idea to interviewing, developing sources and staying organized through it all, this session is for anyone interested in honing their investigative skills.

Cheryl W. Thompson - Senior Editor, Station Investigations, NPR

 

Wednesday, April 24

200 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)

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 Past Before the Beltway Sessions

Intensify your Election Impact:
Get Local Stories National Attention

Join Megan Pratz, Political Editor at NPR, for a power session equipping your newsroom to crack the code of national coverage in the 2024 elections. Dive into:

  • 2024 Priorities: What stories are on NPR's radar?
  • The Winning Pitch: Craft local angles that grab national attention.
  • Inside the Process: Unravel the submission path to secure coverage.

Amplify your voice with an open Q&A – don't miss this chance to level up your election game!

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Session #1:  The State of Podcasts

As we look ahead to a new year in the podcast industry, leaders from public media and beyond weigh in on what the top priorities are for creators and audiences.

Moderator: Alison MacAdam

Joanne Griffith - Chief Content Officer, APM Studios and founder of En(title)d! For Leaders of Color in Media

Rebecca Lavoie - Director On-Demand Audio, NHPR

Anna Sale - Host of DSM from Slate

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Session #2:  Repurposing Content for Podcasting

Stations produce a wealth of content every day, but it’s often just for broadcast audiences. Is there a way to take that existing content and transform it for a digital audience? Our panelists say yes! Hear from newsrooms who are doing it.

Moderator: Krista Almanzan

Stephanie Curtis - Director of Programming, MPR

Matthew Peddie - Host, Florida Matters, WUSF

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