56 episodes

On Assignment brings you some of the best conversations from the Columbia Journalism School, produced and hosted by the school's Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards.

The duPont-Columbia Awards honor the best in audio-visual reporting across platforms including broadcast, documentary, local investigative, radio and interactive journalism. We started the On Assignment Podcast to go behind the scenes and bring you the conversations we were having with the leading journalists in the field, many of whom are also past duPont Award winners.

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On Assignment brings you some of the best conversations from the Columbia Journalism School, produced and hosted by the school's Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards.

The duPont-Columbia Awards honor the best in audio-visual reporting across platforms including broadcast, documentary, local investigative, radio and interactive journalism. We started the On Assignment Podcast to go behind the scenes and bring you the conversations we were having with the leading journalists in the field, many of whom are also past duPont Award winners.

    #55 Rachel Lears

    #55 Rachel Lears

    Director Rachel Lears on her film following first time politicians like AOC, who went from barkeep to U.S. Congress.

    • 35 min
    #54: Nanfu Wang

    #54: Nanfu Wang

    Award-winning director Nanfu Wang talks to Professor Betsy West about Wang’s Sundance-winning, Oscar-shortlisted documentary One Child Nation.

    • 34 min
    #53: NBC’S Kate Snow on Cosby’s Accusers Revisited

    #53: NBC’S Kate Snow on Cosby’s Accusers Revisited

    Revisiting an early #MeToo moment - Kate Snow talks about her 2017 duPont Award winning interview with 27 of Bill Cosby’s accusers.

    • 26 min
    #52: RBG Revisited: Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen with EP Amy Entelis on “RBG” documentary

    #52: RBG Revisited: Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen with EP Amy Entelis on “RBG” documentary

    Revisit directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen, with executive producer Amy Entelis, as they talk about their blockbuster documentary RBG. Hear them tout the power of optimism and other helpful tips they learned while making their 2019 duPont award winning film.

    Moderated by professor June Cross.

    • 40 min
    #51: Revisiting Nikole Hannah Jones with Lester Holt

    #51: Revisiting Nikole Hannah Jones with Lester Holt

    Revisit Nikole Hannah-Jones, NYT Magazine writer and creator of the 1619 Project, in conversation with NBC News anchor Lester Holt about reporting on race and takeaways from her 2018 John Chancellor Award-winning reporting.

    • 40 min
    #50: Ira Glass

    #50: Ira Glass

    This American Life Host and Producer Ira Glass has taken home seven duPont silver batons for the radio documentary series since he created it in 1995. In our special 50th episode, find out what goes into the making of one of the most listened to radio shows - one that spawned a generation of podcasts.

    Bonus: Hear Ira’s sage advice from his speech to the Columbia Journalism School graduating class of 2018.

    • 32 min

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Gives valuable insights on the experiences of journalists in the field - and what they go through
on the way to their final product - be it audio, visual, tape or print.

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For anyone who loves learning about what goes behind some awesome news stories.

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