Amir Vera, Breaking News Editor: CNN; vice-president of digital, NABJ
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by Mark Simon
3d ago
On this episode we’re joined by Amir Vera. Amir is a breaking news editor at CNN and the vice-president of digital at the National Association of Black Journalists. Amir talked about his journalism origin story and his early days living in different parts of the world. He shared the lessons he learned from his college days at VCU and working for two daily newspapers – The Progress-Index and The Virginian Pilot. He explained his roles at CNN, first as a news writer and now as an editor, taking big stories and helping make them easily readable for CNN’s audience. Amir also discussed his work w ..read more
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Journalism Teacher Adriana Chavira (Scholastic Journalism Week)
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by Mark Simon
1w ago
On this episode we’re joined by Adriana Chavira. Adriana is a journalism teacher at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in Los Angeles. She’s been teaching for more than 20 years She’s also previously worked as a newspaper reporter after graduating Cal-State Northridge. We’re having Adriana on this week because it is Scholastic Journalism Week. The Journalism Education Association is doing and promoting activities all week devoted to bringing awareness to journalism education. Adriana talked about her work as a teacher at one of the smallest schools in the city, one whose demographics are more tha ..read more
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Curtis Bunn, Reporter: NBC BLK
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by Mark Simon
2w ago
On this episode, we’re joined by Curtis Bunn. Curtis is based in Atlanta and writes about race for NBC BLK. He’s been a journalist for more than 40 years, among the highlights: as a sportswriter at the New York Daily News and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, then as a writer and deputy editor for Black newspapers, such as the Atlanta Black Star. He’s from Washington D.C. He’s also had a successful career as a novelist with 10 novels to his credit, as well as co-authoring Say Their Names, How Black Lives Came to Matter in America. And he’s the founder and president of the National Book Club Confer ..read more
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Adrienne Johnson Martin, Executive Editor: MLK 50
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by Mark Simon
3w ago
On this episode, we’re joined by Adrienne Johnson Martin. Adrienne is the executive editor at MLK50.com. Adrienne has been an editor for more than 30 years for The Los Angeles Times, The Raleigh News and Observer, Duke Magazine, and now MLK50, which she’s been with for 2.5 years. She’s a graduate of Syracuse with a masters from Columbia Journalism. MLK 50 was founded by Wendi Thomas, a longtime columnist and managing editor at the Memphis Commercial Appeal. It focuses on poverty, power and public policy in Memphis and the systems that make it hard for workers to make ends meet – issues that Ma ..read more
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Alexa Imani Spencer, Health and Race Reporter: Word in Black
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by Mark Simon
1M ago
On this episode we’re joined by Alexa Imani Spencer. Alexa reports on racial health equity for Word in Black, a newsroom that frames narratives and fosters solutions for racial inequities in America. It was founded after the murder of George Floyd. She previously worked for the Memphis Commercial Appeal and also writes about maternal health. Alexa talked about her early journalism origin story and how going to Howard University shaped her as a journalist. She shared her experience as a doula, helping women through labor and baby delivery. And she was frank about how covering breaking news stor ..read more
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Bennet Goldstein, Wisconsin Watch, Mississippi River Basin Agriculture and Water Desk (Report for America)
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by Mark Simon
1M ago
On this episode, we’re joined by Bennet Goldstein. Bennet covers agriculture and the environment in the heartland for Wisconsin Watch as part of Report for America. He works on the Mississippi River Basin Agriculture and Water Desk – a collaborative reporting group. He previously worked for newspapers in Iowa and Nebraska. Bennett talked about the purpose of the Ag and Water Desk, which covers 31 states, and the 10 command-prompts that help guide the desk’s mission of covering important, impactful stories. He explained the desk’s collaborative approach He gave examples of stories he worked on ..read more
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Andrew Galarneau: Food Writer, Four Bites
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by Mark Simon
1M ago
On this episode we’re joined by Andrew Galarneau. Andrew has been a journalist for 35 years and a writer and editor at The Buffalo News for 26 years, 12 years covering covering food. Now he’s gone independent and started his own food newsletter, Four Bites. He’s also a journalism professor at the University at Buffalo. Andrew talked about the lessons he learned early in his career that have paid off now (including what it was like covering “Nudists for Pat Robertson”). He explained the process by which he reviews Buffalo’s diverse array of restaurants, and how his approach is more that of a sc ..read more
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Mallory Carra, Longtime Journalist; West Coast Media Jobs
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by Mark Simon
1M ago
On this episode we’re joined by Mallory Carra. Mallory is a journalist, editor and professor who has experience in print, digital, and audio. Among many projects, she’s currently teaching journalism at USC, is the lead producer of the soon-released Electric Futures Podcast, and publishes a job listings newsletter, West Coast Media Jobs. She formerly wrote for Bustle and wrote and edited podcast episodes for Parcast Studios. Mallory talked about what she learned at each of her jobs, from covering the outdoors in Tennessee to coming up with clever ways to handle celebrity interviews at Bustle, t ..read more
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Stephanie Marudas and Emily Previti, Kouvenda Media
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by Mark Simon
2M ago
On this episode we’re joined by Stephanie Marudas and Emily Previti of Kouvenda Media. Kouvenda is a non-profit podcast production company that produces narratives for social change. Stephanie is the founder and executive producer. Emily is a data journalist and producer. Together they are the co-creators of their latest project, Obscured. Obscured covers critical issues that are missed because they are complex, overshadowed and unfold out of the public eye. The most recent project in that series is From Words to Weapons, about police trauma survivors. They talked about the production of this ..read more
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Divya Karthikeyan, Race & Equity Reporter: Louisville Public Media
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by Mark Simon
2M ago
On this episode, we’re joined by Divya Karthikeyan, the race and equity reporter for WFPL and the non-profit newsroom Louisville Public Media. Divya is originally from Chennai India and came to the states as a grad student at NYU. She previously worked for a collaborative of stations as Capitol reporter at Kentucky Public Radio. Divya talked about her early interest in journalism and how she found her way both into radio and from India to Kentucky. She shared some of the many stories she’s covered in the last year ranging from how Breonna Taylor’s mother campaigned in the governor’s race to a ..read more
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