Turning your investigation into a podcast

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Madeleine Baran of American Public Media; Johnny Edwards of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Kevin Vaughan of KUSA/9News Denver; Sarah Hutchins of IRE and NICAR
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 7
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Sarah Hutchins, IRE/NICAR

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 how The Atlanta Journal-Constitution developed its "Breakdown" podcast, now in its third season. We'll also hear from the journalists behind KUSA's "BLAME" podcast and APM Reports' series "In the Dark." 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

  • Madeleine Baran is a Peabody Award-winning investigative reporter for American Public Media and the host and lead reporter of the podcast In the Dark. Baran's work focuses on holding powerful people and institutions accountable. Her reporting revealed how law enforcement botched one of the most notorious child abductions in the country and how the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis engaged in a decades-long cover-up of clergy sexual abuse. @madeleinebaran

  • Johnny Edwards is a member of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s investigative team. He was part of the group that produced the AJC's Doctors & Sex Abuse project, a Pulitzer finalist, and he recorded a related podcast series. He has also exposed how elected officials used public funds for personal benefit, leading to criminal charges.Edwards previously worked in Virginia and Augusta, Ga., and covered the Iraq war as an embedded journalist. @JohnEdwardsAJC

  • Sarah Hutchins is IRE & NICAR's editorial director. She is responsible for the organization's podcast, social media accounts and audio platforms. She also serves as managing editor of IRE's quarterly magazine, The IRE Journal. Before joining IRE in 2014, Sarah worked as a reporter at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. She's earning a master's degree in data science and analytics from the University of Missouri. @sarhutch

  • Kevin Vaughan is a veteran, award-winning investigative reporter at KUSA-TV 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Before joining KUSA, he wrote for the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post and worked as an investigative reporter for FOX Sports 1. He is on the board of Criminal Justice Journalists and is the co-author (with Jim Davidson) of the New York Times Times best seller “The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival.” Contact: kevinvaughan.net or @writerkev

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