Journalism and Storytelling: Frenemies?

How real does reality need to be?

How real does reality need to be?

Today, more and more radio producers and reporters are working on their own. And even those inside the radio establishment have begun to think of themselves as storytellers first. There are different schools of thought about the sanctity of fact, different barometers for what makes us feel queasy. What are these varied ethics of sound and story?

Joe Richman of Radio Diaries leads a panel of producers who share strong and varied views on the subject: Brooke Gladstone, co-host and managing editor of WNYC's On the Media, Roman Mars, creator and host of 99% Invisible, and Andrea Silenzi, senior producer of Slate's The Gist and Why Oh Why on WFMU.

Read more of the conversation sparked by this panel on the AIR blog, and over at the Neiman Storyboard.

Joe Richman gathered golden rules on ethics from Ira Glass, Dave Isay, The Kitchen Sisters and many others.


Brooke Gladstone

Brooke Gladstone is host and managing editor of NPR's On the Media, produced by WNYC Studios. She has been the senior editor of All Things Considered and Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, also a Moscow correspondent and NPR's first media reporter. She has won a couple of Peabody Awards among others.

Roman Mars

Roman Mars (@romanmars) is the creator of 99% Invisible , a short radio show about design and architecture.