This session pulls back the curtain on one of the most difficult and important skills every producer needs to master: pitching a story.
Editors and producers from a wide variety of programs hear pitches in front of a live audience: you! Come for the drama, stay for the invaluable insight.
Win/Win: AIR's Pitch Panel is moderated by Laura Starecheski, with Tony Phillips (BBC), Julie Subrin (Vox Tablet) and Chris Turpin (NPR's All Things Considered). The session was sponsored by the Association for Independents in Radio (AIR).
Before joining the State of the Re:Union staff, Laura Starecheski wrangled stories in the wild west of public radio freelancing. In 2010, she covered immigrant communities and mental health for The World and Latino USA as a National Health Journalism Fellow at the USC Annenberg School. She won a Third Coast Silver Award for Goat on a Cow, which aired on WNYC’s Radiolab in 2006. Starecheski got her start in radio learning from the incredible team at WNYC’s (now-defunct) The Next Big Thing.
Tony Phillips is Senior Commsioning Editor at the BBC World Service in London which broadcasts to 40 million people weekly in English. He is responsible for a wide variety of programming including documentaries, arts, sport and religion. During his nearly twenty year career as a programme-maker at the BBC, he produced documentaries on themes ranging from Malcolm X to the future of the English Language. He studied American History and Literature at the University of East Anglia in the UK.
Julie Subrin produces Vox Tablet, Tablet Magazine's weekly podcast covering some corner of the Jewish world. She was previously an associate producer of Public Radio International’s The Next Big Thing, and she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and a master’s from Stanford.
Chris Turpin has been executive producer of NPR’s All Things Considered since 2002. He discovered the joys of radio while at graduate school in the late 1980s, hosting a late night alternative music show at the local public radio station, while also producing a monthly news magazine for the community station. Prior to joining NPR, Turpin held a variety of editorial and production positions at MonitoRadio. He also taught young broadcast journalists in the Balkans, Central Asia, Indonesia and the Caucuses for Internews, a non-profit organization that fosters open media in emerging democracies. Turpin grew up just outside London.