How to Commit Journalism is a podcast that pulls back the curtain on what it takes to report the news. It’s the back story behind the big story, and a look at all that goes into reporting at WRAL News. The news you see on TV and read online is the end product of hours of work by many people: research, interviews, calls, meetings, following stories day in and day out.
Each week, WRAL News Executive Producer Ashley Talley sits down with journalists to dig into the intricacies of covering one of the big stories of the week. We’ll talk about the process, the questions and the often difficult decisions that go into what we cover and how we cover it. Occasionally, we’ll also bring you conversations with WRAL journalists about their journey in this profession and the memorable stories they’ve covered.
How to Commit Journalism is a production of WRAL News and part of the Capitol Broadcasting podcast network.
The Power of Words
Kelly McBride, senior vice president at the Poynter Institute and public editor at NPR, recently wrote an article called "'Unarmed black man' doesn't mean what you think it means." In this episode she discusses the power of words, how they signify differently to different people and how journalists should wield them responsibly.
A Conversation with Black Journalists
Four Black journalists at WRAL talk with their colleague, anchor David Crabtree, about their experiences in the workplace and in the world. Guests include producer Miriam Melvin and anchor/reporters Gerald Owens, Lena Tillett and Ken Smith.
The Presidential One-on-One
Veteran WRAL anchor David Crabtree talks about his recent one-on-one interview with President Trump, how it came about, the particular challenge that had him a little nervous and his interviews with past presidents.
To see David's full interview with President Trump go to https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/19207655/
The PolitiFact Process
Bill Adair was reporting on politics in DC when he realized the importance of fact-checking what politicians said, not just reporting on it. The idea of PolitiFact was born, and Adair, now a professor at Duke University, talks about its goals and its reach across the country. WRAL PolitiFact reporter Paul Specht explains the process each fact-check undergoes before ever making it online or on-air.
For complete PolitiFact coverage from WRAL go to https://www.wral.com/politifact/18768740/
BONUS: The Juggle Is Real
Balancing being a wife, mother and working professional is complicated and tough for most women, but add in being an evening news anchor at a top-25 television market, along with an author, and things get really interesting. In her second book, The Juggle Is Real, Molly Grantham, anchor at WBTV in Charlotte, poignantly weaves in the loss of her mother with her own struggles as a working mother of two young children, with insight, humor and self-reflection. This episode of How To Commit Journalism goes behind the scenes of a working journalist as she tries to keep all the balls of life in the air.
Learn more about Molly Grantham at https://www.mollygrantham.com/
Covering Black Lives Matter Protests
Four WRAL reporters who covered protests following the death of George Floyd talk about their experience reporting on the peaceful marches, vocal crowds and violent riots, along with the police responses that followed. They discuss what teargas feels like when it hits your eyes, memorable interviews with protesters, and what it's like to cover the destruction of a city you love. The discussion features reporters Aaron Thomas, Amanda Lamb, Bryan Mims and Joe Fisher, along with host Ashley Talley.
For WRAL's video coverage of the protests, go to https://www.wral.com/protest/17382846/
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This is my new favorite podcast
This is my new favorite podcast to listen to. Very interesting and educational about good journalism.
This is an amazing podcast
A first-rate production, as good as The Daily from the NYTimes, (which is my favorite podcast). This latest episode, TV is About People, is especially affecting. A news assignment editor describes how she reminds herself to put herself in other people’s shoes when feeling overwhelmed with calls, like those she’s getting from people calling in about the difficulty they’re facing trying to file unemployment during the coronavirus crisis. Totally honest. This podcast is now at the top of my must-listen list.
My new favorite podcast
This should be required listening for every journalism student. And every American. Others can skip it.