Storytelling Track: The nitty gritty, down & dirty truth about doing investigations for radio and podcasts

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jacob Ryan of Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; Kameel Stanley of USA TODAY Network; Alain Stephens of inewsource
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 14 at 5:00pm
  • Location: Crystal AB
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

The idea of mixing investigative reporting and audio storytelling isn’t new. But let’s face it, we could all level up. 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 and successful audio story. We'll give you more than the basics, and spill our secrets about making documents come alive, scripting for the ear, gathering tape (even when you don’t get the interview), and above all, not leaving narratives behind.

Speaker Bios

  • Jacob Ryan is a reporter with the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. He previously worked as a WFPL News reporter covering City Hall. He is a recipient of a national Investigative Reporters and Editors award, and was part of a team awarded a 2017 Peabody Award for “The Pope’s Long Con,” a five-part series and podcast. Ryan is originally from Eddyville, Kentucky. He's a graduate of Western Kentucky University. @jacobhryan

  • Kameel Stanley is senior producer of The City, USA Today’s critically-acclaimed podcast about power in urban America. She previously co-hosted and produced We Live Here, an award-winning podcast about race & class from St. Louis Public Radio & PRX. But her roots are in print journalism; for several years Kameel was an investigative beat reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. She also runs a storytelling organization in St. Louis and a brunch club for women of color. 

  • Alain Stephens is an investigative reporter based in San Diego. Originally from Texas, his work has been featured on NPR, Reveal, and the Houston Chronicle. Stephens specializes in topics of criminal justice where his coverage of juvenile incarceration and gun violence have earned multiple accolades. Stephens is also a former Reveal Investigative Fellow. @AlainStephens

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