Beat Reporter With A Sneaking Suspicion...

Block A: Friday (11am-12:15pm) / Saturday (2pm-3:15pm)

Block A: Friday (11am-12:15pm) / Saturday (2pm-3:15pm)

This session is for beat reporters who have a sneaking suspicion: “ my 45-second news spot is secretly trying to become a seven-part limited run podcast series!?” Jason Moon, reporter with New Hampshire Public Radio, discovered the answer was yes with the story that became Bear Brook -- a podcast about murder in a small New Hampshire town and the invention of forensic genetic genealogy.

Along the way, Jason learned a few things: like how writing for longform podcasts is different than writing for 45-second new spots, how inserting yourself into a story (ethically and subtly) can actually be a good thing, and how spending precious minutes developing characters in your story isn’t a pointless detour after all. This session will include practical tips from a real-life journey of public radio beat reporter to longform podcast producer.


Jason Moon

Jason Moon (@jasonmoonNHPR) is a reporter at New Hampshire Public Radio, where he has worked since 2015. In his 2019 Breakout Session, expect to become even more deeply familiar with the captivating details of small towns in New Hampshire.