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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.

    #74: Ear Hustle's Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor

    #74: Ear Hustle's Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor

    Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor are the co-creators and co-hosts of the 2021 duPont Columbia Award-winning podcast Ear Hustle, a unique podcast produced in San Quentin State Prison. In this interview, they recount the origin story of this unlikely project, offer insight on the challenges of reporting inside prison, and share the true definiton of "ear hustling."

    • 34 min
    #73: Isobel Yeung

    #73: Isobel Yeung

    Isobel Yeung talks about India Burning, her 2021 duPont Columbia Award-winning work for Vice on Showtime and the importance of international journalism.

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    • 27 min
    #72: Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht on their duPont Award-winning documentary Crip Camp

    #72: Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht on their duPont Award-winning documentary Crip Camp

    Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht discuss their 2021 duPont Columbia Award-winning documentary Crip Camp. The directors of the film, which was also nominated for an Oscar, speak candidly about topics like disability representation in the media, the film's relationship to present-day grassroots movements, and what it was like to get edit notes from the Obamas.

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    • 29 min
    #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

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