Think Public Media:

Raise Your Game; Find Your Career

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Come raise your storytelling game and explore a wealth of job opportunities with NPR, APM, PRX and the dozens of the Public Radio newsrooms from across the country who make up the Public Media Village. We’ll offer critiques and storytelling techniques and feedback from daily reporting to podcasting fundamentals. Choose one session or join us for the day: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. This free, full-day workshop is sponsored by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Covering the Big News: From the White House to the Caribbean

Join White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe of NPR and Caribbean correspondent Jacqueline Charles of the Miami Herald as they talk about covering some of the biggest stories of our times and the challenges they overcome each day to tell them. These two veteran reporters will also talk about the career path that got them where they are. Leah Donnella, an editor for NPR’s Code Switch, will moderate.

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Charting a Career Path to Public Media

Come engage with journalism professionals in public media today. A panel discussion with top journalists from APM, Marketplace, NPR and others will discuss topics around networking, personal brand, charting career path in public media and more. Join the conversation and be able to walk away with resources to further your career into public media.

12:45 am - 2:00 pm

The Art of the Non-Narrated Feature

Non-narrated features are a lesser known format in the podcaster’s toolkit, but when produced well, can be a powerful way to share personalized stories and elevate new voices. The format was pioneered by our radio godmothers, The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva), and can be heard today in varying forms on Studio 360, Latino USA, Love+Radio, StoryCorps, etc. A good non-narrated story will sound seamless to listeners, but can be a little daunting for producers unfamiliar with the format. Why are some stories best told without a narrator? How do you produce interviews so they can stand alone without narration, and then supplement that with immersive sound design? When does it fail or how do you know it succeeds? Producers Zoë Saunders and Lauren Hansen share their experience from producing some of Studio 360’s most popular non-narrated features.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Editor's Office Hours

Editors from public media outlets across the country are available to provide feedback on audio stories, written work and more. Connect with seasoned professionals who are experienced in editing pieces across platforms, with deep knowledge of newsroom environments like yours. Bring your stories, ideas or challenges and get quality feedback.