Driveway moments: The art of long-form audio narrative

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Robin Amer of The City; Dave Cawley of KSL Newsradio; Jen Chien of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting; Cheryl W. Thompson of NPR
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 3:00pm
  • Location: Texas G
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This session will cover the essentials of compelling audio storytelling, including getting the most from your meetings with your sources, interviewing for good narrative, as well as building scenes and emotion into your story.    

Speaker Bios

  • Robin Amer is the host and creator of The City podcast from USA Today. The City was named one of the best podcasts of 2018 by the New York Times and Apple Podcasts. Amer previously won the 2015 WNYC Podcast Accelerator competition and served as the deputy editor of the alt-weekly Chicago Reader and as a producer at WBEZ. @rsamer 

  • Dave is a graduate of the University of Utah. He went to work as a field reporter directly out of college in 2003. In 2012, he accepted a position as executive producer for KSL Newsradio in Salt Lake City. Dave launched the investigative podcast Cold, an 18-part series focused on the unsolved disappearance of Susan Powell, in November 2018. Cold reached #1 on the Apple podcast charts on the first day of its release. @thecoldpodcast

  • Jen Chien is a senior radio editor at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, she was managing editor at KALW in San Francisco, and she edits for podcasts like 70 Million and The Stoop. Her work has been recognized by the Peabody Awards, California Humanities, PRNDI, San Francisco Press Club and SPJ Northern California. @j_chien

  • Cheryl W. Thompson is IRE board president and an investigative correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR in January, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post. Her investigations include local political corruption, cops killed by guns, witnesses killed for cooperating with police, people who died after being Tasered by police, and the unsolved murders of six black girls nearly 50 years ago. Her awards include a shared Pulitzer, an Emmy, IRE and two NABJ awards. 

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