On this week’s episode, recorded live at the Public Radio News Directors Inc. conference in St. Louis, two editors play a game we call: Betcha Can’t Fix This Script!
Also, NPR Collaborative Coverage Senior Editor Bruce Auster discusses the impending editor shortage in public media and ways that the system could help foster the next generation of editors.
Plus, host Adam Ragusea considers whether public radio is really experiencing an “existential crisis,” as proclaimed recently by The Wall Street Journal.
If you work at a station and you create a new show, does your station necessarily own it? Can you make money with it? What about if you only do it in your off-hours, like Rebecca Lavoie does? Lavoie works as New Hampshire Public Radio’s digital director by day, but at night she privately produces a “surprise hit” podcast that draws six-figure downloads and thousands of dollars in sponsorship per week. This week on The Pub, we talk about the weirdness that can arise between entrepreneurial podcasters and their public media employers.
Also, Carmel Delshad talks about her transition from being a radio reporter at WMFE to being an engagement producer at AJ+, Al Jazeera’s innovative social video unit.
Plus, host Adam Ragusea uses a narrative structure that he calls “the long-lost twins reveal” to talk about how public media can transcend what he calls “the newsmagazine mentality,” in part by adopting an interview style he calls “the Full Buckley.” (He likes to name things.)