Evolving the true crime podcast

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: N'Jeri Eaton of NPR; Chip Brantley of NPR; Andrew Grace of NPR; Parker Yesko of APM Reports
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 10:15am
  • Location: Meyerland
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

True crime is one of the most popular genres in podcasting. But how do you leverage that audience without compromising your journalism? Join Chip Brantley and Andrew Beck Grace (hosts of NPR’s White Lies) and Parker Yesko (reporter for APM’s In the Dark) as they talk about how to avoid the pitfalls of the true crime podcast trend, and use thoughtful, investigative work to push forward the genre and audience expectations. 

Speaker Bios

  • Chip Brantley is the co-host of the NPR podcast, White Lies. The author of The Perfect Fruit (Bloomsbury), Brantley has contributed to many publications, including Slate, The New York Times, and the Oxford American. He was creative producer of the interactive documentary Whitman, Alabama, which was a 2018 Emmy finalist in the New Approaches in Documentary category. Brantley works as a lecturer in journalism at the University of Alabama.

  • N'Jeri Eaton is the Deputy Director of Programming and New Audiences at National Public Radio (NPR) where she is charged with sourcing new content, partnerships and talent. As a part of her portfolio, she oversees NPR programs such as Believed, White Lies and Throughline. Previously, N'Jeri was the Content Development & Initiative Manager at the Independent Television Service.  N'Jeri received her M.A. at the UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. @njerieaton

  • Andrew Beck Grace is a producer and co-host of NPR's White Lies, a serialized podcast reinvestigating the murder of James Reeb in Selma, Alabama in 1965. An award winning documentary filmmaker, his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, on PBS and has played at film festivals around the world. He teaches documentary film and journalism at the University of Alabama. 

  • Parker Yesko is an investigative reporter for APM Reports’ podcast In the Dark. Her work focuses on criminal justice. For Season 2 of In the Dark, she scoured archives across Mississippi to help piece together a decades-old murder investigation and a DA’s 26-year record of removing African-Americans from juries. Before joining APM Reports, Parker did work for NPR, The Guardian and the San Francisco Examiner. She went to the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

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