Turning your investigation into: A podcast

  • Event: 2016 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Gina Barton of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine; Bill Rankin of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Sarah Hutchins of IRE and NICAR
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 17 at 11:30am
  • Location: Salon F-H
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

You don't have to work for a radio station to be part of the growing podcast movement. Whether you're interested in launching a multi-part series or producing a single episode, this session will help you learn how to turn your investigation into a compelling audio story. Learn from the journalists behind The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Breakdown" podcast and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's "Unsolved." We'll cover all the basics: deciding when a story deserves the podcast treatment, pitching it to editors, producing your story, and finding an audience.

Speaker Bios

  • Gina Barton is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s law enforcement investigative reporter, author of the book "Fatal Identity" and host of the "Unsolved" podcast. Barton, a graduate of Northwestern University, is also the winner of several national honors, including a George Polk Award, an IRE certificate and a Casey Medal. @writerbarton

  • Nikole Hannah-Jones is a staff writer with The New York Times Magazine and a founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which aims to increase the number of investigative reporters of color. Hannah-Jones' work covering school and housing segregation has earned numerous awards, including a Peabody, a Polk Award and a National Magazine Award. In 2017 she was named a MacArthur Fellow. 

  • Sarah Hutchins is a training director for IRE & NICAR. She previously served as the organization’s editorial director, overseeing IRE’s publications and online platforms. Sarah has worked for daily newspapers in several states. Before joining IRE in 2014, she was a reporter at The Virginian-Pilot. Sarah has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master's degree in data science and analytics from the University of Missouri. @sarhutch

  • Bill Rankin: Senior legal affairs reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and reporter and narrator of the Breakdown podcast.

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