Jumping Into The Fray: Member stations making new noise in the podcast arena

Podcasting has shaken up the way public media reporters & journalists tell stories - in some deeply exciting and innovative ways!

Podcasting has shaken up the way public media reporters & journalists tell stories - in some deeply exciting and innovative ways!

How can audio producers in public media, including member stations outside of major markets, continue to innovate storytelling formats - even while taking risks, or working in uncharted stylistic territory? And - how can local public radio stations jump into the fray too, hooking national audiences on stories that they can uniquely report, in their own backyard - and with increasingly fresh takes?

At the 2018 Third Coast Conference, Maureen McMurray of New Hampshire Public radio dove in with panelists from three outstanding narrative podcasts in public media: Jeannie Yandel & Jim Gates of Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace (KUOW), Erika Aguilar of The Bay (KQED) and Shannon Heffernan of 16 Shots (WBEZ).


Featuring

Maureen McMurray

Maureen McMurray (@Moe_McMurray) is Director of Content at New Hampshire Public Radio, where she oversees the station’s programming and original podcasts.

Tim Lloyd

Tim Lloyd (@TimSLloyd) co-created We Live Here in 2015 and has a decade’s worth of public radio experience.

Erika Aguilar

Erika Aguilar (@erikaaguilar) is a producer and backup host for The Bay, a narrative, local news podcast from KQED public radio in San Francisco.

James Edwards

James Edwards is a podcast producer for WBEZ's content development team. He has held a variety of producing, reporting, and digital roles at such public media outlets as WGBH, WNET, and Public Radio International (PRI). At WGBH, he contributed to the station’s breaking and investigative coverage on the Boston marathon bombings. And he's been working as a researcher on two upcoming projects: the HBO series Lovecraft Country and a feature documentary about Tupac Shakur being directed by Steve McQueen.