The goal of this series is to put a spotlight on the people and organizations providing communities and groups with the journalism that matters to them.
I want to show that these groups are real and important and that it’s really important that we know and respect who they are and what they do. They're not "lamestream media."
And for aspiring journalists, I want to show that there are so many opportunities available to you.
My name is Mark Simon. I am the creator, editor and host of this show. You can find me on Twitter at @journalismpod and @markasimonsays or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Mary C. Curtis, Columnist: Congressional Quarterly Roll Call
On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Mary C Curtis. Mary is a longtime reporter and editor, and now columnist for Congressional Quarterly Roll Call – covering the intersection of politics, race and culture.
Mary is also a senior facilitator at The Op-Ed Project, a group that mentors people (mostly women) to share their stories and be thought leaders. She has 40 years in an NABJ Hall-of-Fame career in journalism to draw upon, including time as an editor at The New York Times and Baltimore Sun.
Mary talked about her journalism origin story – as a lifelong observer of people. She explained her column writing – where she gets her ideas and how she writes her ledes and her kickers. She also talked about the editing work she had done – and how she overcame misperceptions about her in newsrooms. And she explained the work she does for The Op-Ed Project.
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Mary’s Salute: MLK50
Mary’s Podcast: Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis
Jake Wittich, Reporter: Block Club Chicago; VP: NLGJA Chicago
On today’s episode, Mark Simon interviews Jake Wittich. Jake is a reporter for Block Club Chicago covering different neighborhoods in the city and LGBTQ issues. He’s also the vice-president of the Chicago chapter of the NLGJA, which is the association of LGTBTQIA journalists. And – he’s part of Block Club thanks to Report for America, from which we’ve had many guests.
Jake shares his journalism origin story, gives examples of the reporting he does, explains the goals of the NLGJA, and shares the benefits of being a part of Report for America.
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Denise Clay-Murray, Reporter: Votebeat
Denise Clay-Murray is a reporter with 30 years of journalism experience who was recently hired by Votebeat to cover the upcoming elections in Pennsylvania. Votebeat has reporters embedded around the country to cover stories related to the election process.
Denise talked about the work she’ll be doing for Votebeat but also about her career covering elections and about why Votebeat is so important. She also talked about freelance reporting she’s done, including a recent piece on the hidden cost of gun violence.
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Denise’s salutes: MLK 50 and The Pivot Fund.
Gabrielle Hays: Communities Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
On this episode we’re joined by Gabrielle Hays.
Gabrielle covers St. Louis for the PBS News Hour as a community correspondent. She both writes and does TV work. She’s previously been a TV news reporter in Knoxville, Tennessee, and a reporter/producer for St. Louis’ PBS affiliate.
Gabrielle talked about her career path, her current job, and the stories she’s covered, including multiple pieces on Afghan refugees. She also explained how she humanizes stories dealing with St. Louis history, and how she approaches the job knowing that she’s going to often be with people on their worst days.
She also detailed how both her mentors and members of the NABJ have been vital to her career success and offered three pieces of advice to aspiring journalists who want to follow in her footsteps.
Some of the stories we talked with Gabrielle about can be found here and her PBS work can be found here.
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Tionna Taite, Founder, Nineteen Fifty-Six Magazine
For episode number 75 of our podcast, we’re joined by Tionna Taite. Tionna will be attending the University of Alabama law school after completing her undergrad work there with a degree in News Media. Her minor is Advocacy, Voice, and Stewardship.
Two years ago, Tionna started a magazine for students, Nineteen Fifty-Six – the first Black student-led magazine at the school. It’s staffed by 50 students, full color – articles and amazing photography.
Tionna talked about the origin of her interest in journalism and the origin of the magazine. She explained the organizational process by which each issue is put together and the influences that other magazines had on it.
Tionna is also the current Miss Black Alabama and will be competing in the Miss Black USA pageant this summer. She shared how her platform is related to teaching media.
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#20 – Professor Meredith Cummings
#28 – The 1619 Project – Kirkwood (Missouri) High School
#55 – Ashleigh Fields, Howard University
Nick Toso, Former CNN Español Producer; Founder: Rolli
On today’s episode, we’re joined by Nick Toso (@rolliapp). Nick spent 7 years at CNN, working largely in a production role on CNN Español. He supervised interviews with world leaders, including president Barack Obama, and was a senior producer for both a daily and weekly news show. He’s currently the founder of Rolli (rolliapp.com), an app that helps journalists find experts for any story they might be working on.
Nick talked about the lessons learned from his time in TV production, the logistics behind the many interviews he oversaw, and his tips for aspiring journalists. He also explained the purpose of his app, which is free for journalists to use as they try to find subject experts to interview.
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Just listened to the most recent podcast about Rolli…wow! Nick was such a great guest and the questions asked made the podcast feel like a story. I also learned tons of genuinely useful info about media, journalism, and production. 5 stars!
Journalism isn’t dead
So happy to see someone praising journalism and journalists for the work they do. News literacy is so important these days. Bravo to Mark for championing this!!
Been a fan of Mark's work back to his guest spots when he was with ESPN. This is a great format that really brings to light so many excellent voices in a field that is getting demeaned from every angle possible but is oh, so important!