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It's All Journalism is a weekly podcast about the changing state of digital media. Producers Michael O'Connell and Nicole Ogrysko interview working journalists about how they do their jobs. They also discuss the latest trends in journalism and how they impact our democratic society.

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It's All Journalism is a weekly podcast about the changing state of digital media. Producers Michael O'Connell and Nicole Ogrysko interview working journalists about how they do their jobs. They also discuss the latest trends in journalism and how they impact our democratic society.

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On-point and insightful

By Todd Seattle - Jun 02 2019
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It's very helpful to hear how other journalists, newsrooms and media organizations are doing creative and important work; connecting with their communities in new ways; and approaching many of the same issues we face. The guests are inspiring and informative, and the topics are well-chosen. Great show.

The inside scoop on the inside scoop

By ReportThis505 - Aug 08 2018
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A pretty great listen for journalists at all different points of their career. The sources interviewed are credible as well which makes this podcast even more top notch.

iTunes Ratings

28 Ratings
Average Ratings
21
3
3
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1

On-point and insightful

By Todd Seattle - Jun 02 2019
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It's very helpful to hear how other journalists, newsrooms and media organizations are doing creative and important work; connecting with their communities in new ways; and approaching many of the same issues we face. The guests are inspiring and informative, and the topics are well-chosen. Great show.

The inside scoop on the inside scoop

By ReportThis505 - Aug 08 2018
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A pretty great listen for journalists at all different points of their career. The sources interviewed are credible as well which makes this podcast even more top notch.

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It's All Journalism

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It's All Journalism is a weekly podcast about the changing state of digital media. Producers Michael O'Connell and Nicole Ogrysko interview working journalists about how they do their jobs. They also discuss the latest trends in journalism and how they impact our democratic society.

Amplifying young international voices to tell stories that matter

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Amanda Uhle of the International Congress of Youth Voices and Nelson Graves of News-Decoder join producer Michael O'Connell to discuss this year's conference and why giving young people support when speaking on issues of importance to them is the most important role adults can serve. 

Aug 08 2019

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#300 — The who, what and where of podcasting

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The District of Columbia's rich landscape of podcasting was on display Thursday, April 5, as It's All Journalism host Michael O'Connell joined Mary Nichols of the FuseBox Radio Broadcast and Alicia Montgomery of NPR's Morning Edition and Code Switch, for a panel on podcasting. HumanitiesDC, which aims to enrich people's lives through the humanities and grants, hosted he event at Busboys and Poets. Jill Olmsted, a broadcasting professor at American University, served as the panel's moderator.

Apr 06 2018

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#268 - Put big thoughts into your writing

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Washington Post columnist Christine Emba joins producer Michael O'Connell to discuss the heightened importance of thinking and weighing multiple viewpoints before forming an opinion and the importance of calling out things that are wrong in an age of violent protests.

Aug 24 2017

33mins

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#309 — Does your local news anchor look like you?

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Keren Henderson, an assistant professor of broadcast and digital journalism at Syracuse University, reviews her research on the makeup of local news broadcasts, breaking down the age, gender and race of the reporters along with the stories they cover.

Jun 07 2018

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#296 — Cinematic video journalism shakes up old model of visual storytelling

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Visual storyteller and cinematic journalism expert David Dunkley Gyimah joins producer Michael O'Connell to discuss how video journalism has changed, and stayed the same, since its inception in the 1950s.

Mar 08 2018

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#329— Looking back at the subprime mortgage crisis, 10 years later

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Hard to believe it's been 10 years since the housing bubble burst, sending the stock market into a tailspin. Lisa Rowan, a senior writer and on-air analyst with The Penny Hoarder, and Alex Mahadevan, a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder, discuss their publication's major project The American Nightmare: 10 Years Later with producer Michael O'Connell, detailing how readers were willing to open up about a dark time in their lives and what they've found has changed in the years following.

Oct 25 2018

32mins

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266 Democracy in Crisis: How alt newspapers cover national news

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Baltimore-based reporter Baynard Woods again joins producer Michael O'Connell on the podcast, this time to discuss his new column and podcast "Democracy in Crisis," started after the November election to provide alt weeklies with coverage of national political developments without having to add writers and further constrain budgets.

Aug 10 2017

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#348 Decoding metrics means embracing journalism that matters

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Betsy O’Donovan, an assistant professor of journalism at Western Washington University, and Melody Kramer, senior audience development manager at the Wikimedia Foundation, join producer Michael O'Connell to discuss a new report on metrics in journalism from the American Press Institute, why they've always mattered and why veteran journalists will embrace more easily the priorities newsrooms believe matter most.

Mar 14 2019

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New true-crime podcast tackles 'An American Nightmare'

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Reporters Meghan Cloherty and Jack Moore join IAJ producer Michael O'Connell in studio to talk about their new true-crime podcast, 22 hours: An American Nightmare. They discuss what it was like covering the 2015 home invasion and murder case for WTOP News Radio in Washington, D.C., and the challenges they faced turning the story into a 10-part podcast series.

Jun 06 2019

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263 - How algorithmic thinking is replacing news judgment

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Matt Carlson, associate professor at St. Louis University, joins producer Michael O'Connell to discuss his new article on the use of algorithms in journalism. He is the author of "Automating Judgment? Algorithmic Judgment, News Knowledge and Journalistic Professionalism," recently published in New Media and Society.

Jul 27 2017

31mins

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Algorithms are changing how journalists do their jobs

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Nick Diakopoulos is an assistant professor in communication studies and computer science at Northwestern University where he's also the director of the Computational Journalism Lab. In addition, Diakopoulos the author of Automating the News: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Media. Recently, it was announced that he is joining Jeremy Bowe rs' team at The Washington Post to develop a computational political journalism R&D lab to help the Post's election coverage. Diakopoulos joins It's All Journalism host Michael O'Connell to discuss how algorithms are changing the way journalists are doing their jobs.

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Sep 04 2019

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#342 Moving the State of Digital Publishing forward

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Vahe Arabian, host of the State of Digital Publishing podcast and an author at the website of the same name, talks with producer Michael O'Connell about the importance of a shared SEO policy and practices across a publication and why building networks is a valuable investment.

Jan 31 2019

23mins

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Better News: Post & Courier uncovers new revenue with mini-publisher model

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The Post & Courier of Charleston, South Carolina was in dire straights. Its traditional revenue streams — print advertising and circulation — were in decline and the newspaper needed to find a way to reverse that trend — and fast.

The Post & Courier's solution, according to Executive Editor Mitch Pugh, was to take a mini-publisher approach, which mobilized the editorial and sales teams into creating new content products in areas like food, politics and real estate. Over two years, the initiative generated almost $900,000 in new product revenue and increased digital subscriptions by 250 percent.

In April, Pugh wrote a report for the American Press Institute's Better News Initiative to share some of the lessons The Post & Courier's staff learned by adopting its mini-publisher model. Read the full report here.

The Better News podcast is a partnership between It’s All Journalism and the American Press Institute to a) showcase innovative/experimental ideas that emerge from the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative and b) to share replicable strategies and  tactics that benefit the news industry as a whole. Sign up for the Better News newsletter to receive news about the latest resources, case studies and insights. For more news about the It’s All Journalism podcast and future episodes of Better News, sign up for the weekly IAJ newsletter.

Oct 08 2019

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#272 - Lack of government transparency leaves press, public in the dark

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Miranda Spivack, the Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University in Indiana, talks to It's All Journalism producer Michael O'Connell about the importance of open government laws and why journalists need to learn them and why state and local governments don't want them to.

Sep 21 2017

32mins

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#294 — Polk Awards honor gutsy investigative reporting

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Ralph Engelman, a senior professor of journalism at Long Island University Brooklyn and co-administrator of the George Polk Awards, joins producer Michael O'Connell to discuss this year's award winners, including three first-time awards for digital outlets, and why newspapers need to reconsider the importance of investigative journalism.

Feb 22 2018

20mins

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264 - Press Freedom and the Trump administration

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The Association of Alternative Newsmedia hosts a panel at its annual meeting in which media experts discuss current threats to press freedom. Kevin Goldberg, AAN's legal counsel, organized the panel, which was emceed by Sandy Johnson, president and COO of the National Press Foundation. Rounding out the panel were Margaret Talev, Bloomberg's senior White House correspondent, and Margaux Ewen, advocacy and communications director at Reporters Without Borders, North America.

Jul 31 2017

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#303 — A public farewell for the very private Tragically Hip

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Author Michael Barclay discusses his new book on Canada's Tragically Hip with IAJ's Amber Healy as part of a book launch party for "The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip" in Buffalo, New York, part of an evening that included reading excerpts from the book and a performance by The Strictly Hip.

Apr 26 2018

32mins

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#292 - Where do college students get their news?

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On this week's It's All Journalism podcast, Producer Michael O'Connell travels to DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, to talk about podcasting. In a live podcast recording, he asks a room full of college students how they get their news. It's a fascinating peek how young people consume their news.

Feb 08 2018

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#315 — Journalism for, of and by local audiences

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Producer Michael O'Connell talks with Andrea Hart, co-founder and director of community engagement at City Bureau, about the importance of local coverage and an inventive way to bring better representation and authenticity to not only the stories being told but empowering the people telling them. It’s All Journalism is a weekly podcast about digital journalism. Find out all the latest news about our podcast by signing up for our weekly email newsletter.

Jul 19 2018

33mins

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Get rid of your ego and be an empathetic journalist

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P. Kim Bui, director of audience innovation for The Arizona Republic, joins producer Mic hael O'Connell to discuss empathetic journalism and why listening to "real humans" can help newsrooms better serve their readers, viewers and listeners. 

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Oct 10 2019

30mins

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Lead reporter in Sandusky case now investigating barriers in school data reporting

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It's All Journalism producer Amelia Brust talks to Sara Ganim, a former CNN investigative reporter, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning work for The Patriot-News exposed former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky’s history of child sexual abuse through his charitable organization, as well as the university’s lack of action in response to the original allegations. She discusses her latest project — tackling “data deserts. This project is funded by a Hearst Journalism fellowship at the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications.

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Dec 12 2019

31mins

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NewsMatch, INN and good news for independent, investigative news

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Sue Cross, executive director and CEO for the Institute for Nonprofit News, joins producer Michael O'Connell to share some good news on the state of investigative and independent journalism and how donors have through the end of the year to double their contribution to small newsrooms across the country via NewsMatch.

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Dec 05 2019

33mins

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LA Times podcast unravels 15-year-old mystery in Room 20

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Producer Michael O'Connell is joined this week by Joanne Faryon, the driving force behind the Room 22 podcast, which helped identify a man who lived for more than 15 years in a vegetative state and was known only as 66 Garage. 

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Nov 28 2019

32mins

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Better News: Iconic southern newspaper undergoes digital-first transformation

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The News Reporter of Whiteville, North Carolina is one of those iconic southern newspapers. Founded in 1896, the paper has a long history of serving rural Columbus County, including winning a Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service for its coverage of the Ku Klux Klan in 1953.

Les High is the third-generation owner of The News Reporter. His grandfather, Leslie S. Thompson, bought the paper in 1938, and his father took over from him in 1959. Les took over from his father in 1994.

Despite The News Reporter's multigenerational family ownership and long history of serving Columbus County, the paper was not immune to the economic forces that have impacted the media industry in recent years. Readership and advertising revenue were in decline.

In April 2016, The News Reporter's staff decided it was time to make a significant change. With help of the University of North Carolina's Hussman School of Journalism and Media, they began to transform the twice-weekly print publication into a digital-first newsroom.

Marketing Director Jenny Clore wrote about the transformation and the challenges The News Reporter's staff had to face for API's Better News initiative.

The Better News podcast is a partnership between It’s All Journalism and the American Press Institute to a) showcase innovative/experimental ideas that emerge from the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative and b) to share replicable strategies and  tactics that benefit the news industry as a whole. Sign up for the Better News newsletter to receive news about the latest resources, case studies and insights. For more news about the It’s All Journalism podcast and future episodes of Better News, sign up for the weekly IAJ newsletter.

Nov 26 2019

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Memes, manifestos and 4chan — making sense of a toxic online culture

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It's All Journalism producer Michael O'Connell interviews writer and artist Dale Beran about his new book, It Came from Something Awful — How a Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump into Office. Beran tries to explain the toxic online culture that sprang out of a website created for fans of Japanese animation and how it's impacted the real world, including the 2016 presidential election.

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Nov 21 2019

31mins

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Public good vs private enterprise: sustainability in local news

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Penny Muse Abernathy, author of Saving Community Journalism: The Path to Profitability and The Expanding News Desert, sat down with It's All Journalism producer Michael O'Connell to discuss Public Good or Private Enterprise? A Policy Discussion on the Future of Local News. The Nov. 18 discussion coincided with the release of a new report by Gallup and the Knight Foundation looking at the importance of local news to our democracy and the public's willingness to support it.

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Nov 19 2019

34mins

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Diverse newsrooms can act as fact-checking resources

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Producer Michael O'Connell is joined by Tina Lee, head of the ambassador program for Hostwriter and editor-in-chief of a new book, Unbias the News: Why diversity matters in journalism. This week, they discuss the book and why diverse newsrooms can poke holes in too-good-to-be-true reporting and how hiring people from a variety of backgrounds provides better and deeper coverage. 

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Nov 14 2019

31mins

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Journalism, anxiety and video therapy

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Producer Michael O'Connell is joined by Anna Mortimer, a journalist-turned-psychotherapist and one of the creators of The Mind Field, a service that provides video therapy sessions for international development workers, journalists and similar professionals.

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Nov 07 2019

30mins

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Lacuna Voices will be home to stories that deserve an audience

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Producer Michael O'Connell is joined by Punteha van Terheyden, founder of a new platform that she hopes will help fill the gap of great stories that don't find homes in mainstream media outlets. Lacuna Voices is set to launch in January.

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Oct 30 2019

28mins

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New book reveals the Tools for Podcasting

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Producer Michael O'Connell is joined this week by American University professor Jill Olmsted to discuss her new book, Tools for Podcasting, the importance in working for diversity in all aspects of podcasting and reporting, and her early career comparison to Mary Tyler Moore. 

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Oct 24 2019

40mins

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Podcast shares stories of DC's music scene

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Sean Gotkin, the sound department manager at the Black Cat and host of the biweekly podcast Sounds Like DC, joins producer Michael O'Connell to discuss the importance of real conversations between friends and how DC's music scene is as rich and diverse as it's ever been.

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Oct 17 2019

22mins

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Get rid of your ego and be an empathetic journalist

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P. Kim Bui, director of audience innovation for The Arizona Republic, joins producer Mic hael O'Connell to discuss empathetic journalism and why listening to "real humans" can help newsrooms better serve their readers, viewers and listeners. 

Keep up with the latest news about the It's All Journalism podcast, sign up for o ur weekly email newsletter.

Oct 10 2019

30mins

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Better News: Post & Courier uncovers new revenue with mini-publisher model

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The Post & Courier of Charleston, South Carolina was in dire straights. Its traditional revenue streams — print advertising and circulation — were in decline and the newspaper needed to find a way to reverse that trend — and fast.

The Post & Courier's solution, according to Executive Editor Mitch Pugh, was to take a mini-publisher approach, which mobilized the editorial and sales teams into creating new content products in areas like food, politics and real estate. Over two years, the initiative generated almost $900,000 in new product revenue and increased digital subscriptions by 250 percent.

In April, Pugh wrote a report for the American Press Institute's Better News Initiative to share some of the lessons The Post & Courier's staff learned by adopting its mini-publisher model. Read the full report here.

The Better News podcast is a partnership between It’s All Journalism and the American Press Institute to a) showcase innovative/experimental ideas that emerge from the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative and b) to share replicable strategies and  tactics that benefit the news industry as a whole. Sign up for the Better News newsletter to receive news about the latest resources, case studies and insights. For more news about the It’s All Journalism podcast and future episodes of Better News, sign up for the weekly IAJ newsletter.

Oct 08 2019

17mins

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Citizen journalists help CitizenDetroit document public meetings

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Producer Michael O'Connell is joined by WDET civic reporter Eleanore Catolico and Vassilis Jacobs, senior policy analyst at CitizenDetroit and a Documenters manager, to discuss their efforts to train people to take detailed notes at civic meetings to help keep journalists informed. 

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Oct 03 2019

28mins

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SPLC reporter details challenges of covering hate groups

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Producer Michael O'Connell sits down with the Southern Poverty Law Center's Michael Edison Hayden to discuss the dangers of covering white supremacist groups, the lingering ghosts of the Charlottesville rally and why Twitter locked his account for two days due to a photo printed in a Tennessee newspaper. 

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Sep 26 2019

34mins

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What’s changed for women in newsrooms? Less than you think

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It's All Journalism producer Amelia Brust talks to Kristin Grady Gilger and Julia Wallace about their new book, There’s No Crying In Newsrooms: What Women Have Learned About What It Takes To Lead, which examines what it’s like for women to move up the ranks in journalism.

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Sep 19 2019

40mins

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373. Media outlets worldwide push for greater climate change coverage

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Producer Michael O'Connell is joined by Mark Hertsgaard, environmental reporter for The Nation, to discuss next week's Covering Climate Now initiative, organized by The Nation and the Columbia Journalism Review. More than 160 outlets of all sizes, around the world, will spend the week highlighting the science of climate change. 

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Sep 12 2019

26mins

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Better News: Amplifier highlights Charlotte through its diverse music scene

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When Joni Deutsch arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina to become the podcast lead at NPR station WFAE, she wanted to create something that captured the city's unique identity beyond just football and banking. To that end, she launched Amplifier, a biweekly podcast that highlights the region’s diverse music scene in September 2018. 

In early 2019, Deutsch wrote a report for the American Press Institute‘s Better News Initiative to share Amplifier's success and encourage other public radio stations to create local music podcasts of their own. Read the full report here

The Better News podcast is a partnership between It’s All Journalism and the American Press Institute to a) showcase innovative/experimental ideas that emerge from the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative and b) to share replicable strategies and tactics that benefit the news industry as a whole. Sign up for the Better News newsletter to receive news about the latest resources, case studies and insights. For more news about the It’s All Journalism podcast and future episodes of Better News, sign up for the weekly IAJ newsletter.

Sep 10 2019

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Algorithms are changing how journalists do their jobs

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Nick Diakopoulos is an assistant professor in communication studies and computer science at Northwestern University where he's also the director of the Computational Journalism Lab. In addition, Diakopoulos the author of Automating the News: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Media. Recently, it was announced that he is joining Jeremy Bowe rs' team at The Washington Post to develop a computational political journalism R&D lab to help the Post's election coverage. Diakopoulos joins It's All Journalism host Michael O'Connell to discuss how algorithms are changing the way journalists are doing their jobs.

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Sep 04 2019

26mins

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NLGJA continues to transform how newsrooms cover LGBTQ issues

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Producer Michael O'Connell is joined this week by Sharif Durhams, a senior editor for CNN Digital and board president for the NLGJA -- The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, discussing how media coverage for the LGBTQ community has changed in the past 20 years and where it needs to go next. 

Aug 29 2019

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