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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.

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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.

    #71: Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad and OSM's Shima Oliaee on Reporting “The Flag and the Fury”

    #71: Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad and OSM's Shima Oliaee on Reporting “The Flag and the Fury”

    Radiolab's Jad Abumrad and Shima Oliaee join duPont-Columbia Awards Director Lisa R. Cohen to discuss how they reported "The Flag and the Fury" which won a 2021 duPont award. They explain how what started as an historical audio documentary turned into a breaking news story in the summer of 2020 and the ways they handled that change.

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    • 38 min
    #70: KSTP News Director Kirk Varner on Covering George Floyd’s Murder and a Summer of Protest

    #70: KSTP News Director Kirk Varner on Covering George Floyd’s Murder and a Summer of Protest

    KSTP News Director, Kirk Varner discusses the difficulty of reporting on the murder of George Floyd and the protests that rocked Minneapolis throughout the summer of 2020. In this conversation with duPont Awards Director Lisa R. Cohen, Varner tells behind-the-scenes stories about split second newsroom decisions, like when a truck drove through protestors on live air.

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    • 34 min
    #69: WNBC Anchor David Ushery on Covering Coronavirus from the Epicenter

    #69: WNBC Anchor David Ushery on Covering Coronavirus from the Epicenter

    David Ushery, discusses reporting on coronavirus last spring, as New York City became the epicenter of a pandemic. The WNBC team brought viewers vital life and death information about COVID, day after day, in real time. Their reporting won a 2021 duPont-Columbia award.

    In this conversation with duPont Awards Director, Lisa R. Cohen, Ushery recounts the uncertainty of the pandemic’s early days, his team’s commitment to transparently inform viewers, and how WNBC reporters and photographers grappled with the fear of reporting on a highly infectious virus.

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    • 31 min
    #68: The Washington Post's Nadine Ajaka on the Value of Visual Forensics

    #68: The Washington Post's Nadine Ajaka on the Value of Visual Forensics

    Nadine Ajaka, The Washington Post’s senior producer for visual forensics, talks about her team’s reconstruction of the crackdown on peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square in Washington D.C which won a 2021 duPont-Columbia award. By analyzing visual evidence, Ajaka and her team meticulously recreated the moments leading up to Donald Trump’s infamous “bible photo-op” in front of St. John’s church.

    See the full reconstruction, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxYmILDya0A&t=77s

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    • 18 min
    #67 Radiolab's Latif Nasser on Finding "The Other Latif"

    #67 Radiolab's Latif Nasser on Finding "The Other Latif"

    In this conversation with duPont Awards Director, Lisa R. Cohen and Executive Director of Prizes, Abi Wright, Radiolab's Latif Nasser discusses his podcast "The Other Latif". Tune in as Nasser talks the challenges of reporting on Guantanamo Bay, reveals how he initially found this story via a tweet, and reflects on his own identity as a Muslim living in the United States.

    • 37 min
    #66: Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz on their 2020 duPont Award-Winning Podcast, Bag Man

    #66: Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz on their 2020 duPont Award-Winning Podcast, Bag Man

    In our latest episode, Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz discuss their duPont Award-winning podcast, Bag Man, which details the brazen wrongdoing of Richard Nixon’s Vice President, Spiro T. Agnew -- and why so many have forgotten about him altogether.

    • 32 min

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