“Serial” producers give behind the scenes perspective

first_imgVirtual Tour: Fort Worth murals and where to find them TAGSphotos Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin Producers Julie Snyder and Sarah Koenig speak on the production and reporting behind their podcasts, ‘Serial.’ (Sam Bruton/TCU Staff Photographer) printProducers Julie Snyder and Sarah Koenig speak on the production and reporting behind their podcasts, “Serial.” (Sam Bruton/TCU360)When “Serial” was launched in 2014, its producers weren’t sure if there would be an audience for their look into a contested murder case.“We would have been happy with 300,000 listeners,” said Julie Snyder, the show’s producer.  After six weeks, “Serial” had over five million downloads.  As of last week: 243 million.  Snyder and host Sarah Koenig were on campus this week as guests of the annual Fogelson Forum hosted by the John V. Roach Honors College.  They discussed discovering how melding podcasts with narrative journalism captured the interest of others.Season one considered the murder conviction of Adnan Syed. The second season dealt with the case of Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban after deserting his post in Afghanistan.They said people compared “Serial” to cable shows like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” But they noted that while these shows are fiction, in “Serial,” the crime was real and journalists were reporting it.The women said that audiences were not accustomed to responding to journalism in the same way they would respond to television shows.  One drawback was that people started speculating about who murdered Hae Min Lee if Syed isn’t guilty, they said.Snyder said they began to fear that the “privacy and respect for the people in the stories were violated.”“I felt like I got into their world more than I expected to,” said Koenig.  Despite the surprising outcomes, Koenig said, “This is a worthwhile thing to do. We invented something.” “This does sound different from anything that’s happened before. It feels like there are more attempts at long-form investigative journalism,” said Koenig.A Beginning in RadioThe pair, who worked as radio producers on “This American Life,” were trying to jump-start a new show and decided to create one story with serial installments. Snyder said this “allowed [them] to explore context and tangents.” They started “Serial” in the basement of Koenig’s house, having to pause recording each time someone flushed a toilet upstairs.Host and producer Sarah Koenig gives the audience details about why Adnan Syed’s story was chosen for the podcasts. (Sam Bruton/TCU360)A year before the production of the podcasts, Koenig began researching and reporting.“I was captivated by this story,” said Koenig. She was looking into the re-investigation of a 1999 Baltimore case in which a young woman disappeared from school.  Her body was later discovered buried in a city park. Adnan Syed is currently serving a life sentence for this murder and continues to say he is innocent.The first lines of the first episode demonstrate the premise of the series:  “For the last year, I’ve spent every working day trying to figure out where a high school kid was for an hour after school one day in 1999…”Snyder said the idea of a series published over time instead of in one long installment was good because they “wanted the show to feel like it’s alive.”Snyder said that they were drawn to dense stories that live in the details and this can “create a storytelling problem.” “We need listeners to understand the significance of the details,” she said. “We wanted to bring people up to knowing as much about the case as we did so we could begin to talk about the larger issues.”Snyder said a key element in Koenig’s reporting was communicating that she didn’t always know what was factual. “It puts you in a really vulnerable position to admit uncertainty,” said Koenig.  “Spending a lot of time talking with one person is psychological and emotional.  The confusion and discomfort on my part were important to the story.”The women said they were in the position of introducing the whole story to the listeners because not many people knew about this crime.“We wanted everyone in the story to be as human and three-dimensional as possible,” said Koenig.This goal couldn’t have been accomplished without long hours of work. Koenig has 42 hours of taped phone calls between her and Syed. This time was boiled down to 10 hours of published podcast about him.Nearing the end of reporting, the women said they realized it was obvious they couldn’t solve the crime.  One realization they conveyed to the audience is that there is a lack of self-reflection in the criminal justice system. “I find it shocking,” said Snyder.  “The crime could not have happened the way the state said it did.”Today, Koenig receives letters from prisoners who ask her to look at their cases.  There are two of these letters on Koenig’s desk now, waiting for her return. Facebook Twitter Facebook Sam Brutonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-bruton/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Previous articleTCU Sizzle Reel (Ep. 08 – Halloween films, The Walking Dead and more)Next articleWhat’s on the Ballot: United States Representative Sam Bruton RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU observes National Child Abuse Prevention Monthcenter_img History professor explores the people behind the fight for civil rights in Texas Sam Brutonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-bruton/ ReddIt ReddIt Sam is a sophomore Journalism major and Graphic Design minor from Celina, Texas. She has a passion for photography and her cat, Albus. Find her on Twitter and Instagram as @sbbrut! 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Pasadena’s Los Angeles College of Music Makes Billboard’s 2020 List of Top Music Schools

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Education Pasadena’s Los Angeles College of Music Makes Billboard’s 2020 List of Top Music Schools By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Monday, April 27, 2020 | 4:31 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena The Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) in Pasadena has been listed as one of Billboard’s 2020 Top Music Business Schools, the music and entertainment publisher said Monday.The list includes Billboard’s most expansive and geographically diverse list yet of the top music business schools, including both private and public institutions.“While online, skills-focused music education programs have proliferated during the pandemic, for this report, Billboard chose programs that are primarily campus-based, offering a broader, deeper education and bestowing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree,” the report said. “It’s worth noting that among the highest-achieving young executives in the music business, as profiled in Billboard’s 2019 40 Under 40 feature, nearly 40% said they were graduates of a liberal arts program.”The LACM,located at 370 S Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena, offers bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in music performance, music production, songwriting, composing for visual media and music business. The college has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 2003, and more than 1,000 students have graduated from the school.LACM students have taken advantage of their proximity to Los Angeles with professor-led visits to Capitol Records, Stones Throw Records, Spotify, ASCAP, BMI, Killingsworth Studios and Village Recorders. Recently, a biweekly music business master-class series has welcomed guest speakers such as 30 Seconds to Mars bassist Steve Aiello, ASCAP associate director Brian Reyes and Carlos De La Garza, a Grammy Award-winning producer.Global music business, history of the digital revolution, and time and money management are courses taught by Steve Corn, co-founder of BFM Digital and the Grammy-winning BFM Jazz label.In the report, Billboard cited Sandro Cavazza, a LACM alumnus, who completed Swedish DJ Avicii’s song “Forever Yours” after the EDM (electronic dance music) superstar died in 2018. The track was released in January as “Forever Yours (Tribute)” and reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart.Billboard said those who plan to pursue a career in the music industry could do well to choose from among the colleges and universities profiled in the list.The list, consisting of 28 U.S.-based colleges and at least four overseas schools, is geared toward high school seniors, most of whom must decide where to enrol in college by May 1, the traditional date for decision.The LACM provides regular updates on the COVID-19 pandemic and how it impacts the safety and well-being of the college community.In its latest update, LACM said it is currently planning to open for current LACM students to attend classes beginning July 6. If it is deemed possible, the Summer at LACM program (includes Summer Xperience and Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band Camp) will begin the week of June 29, the college said.“LACM recognizes that it may not be possible to launch the Summer at LACM programs as planned, due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 circumstances. If the program(s) were to be cancelled due to health and safety concerns for our community, full refunds will be issued to all participants who have registered,” a LACM statement said.For more information about LACM, visit www.lacm.edu. Community Newscenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 54 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more


Smacking ban law plan for Wales is dropped

first_imgBBC News 22 January 2015Proposals to introduce a law to ban smacking children in Wales have been dropped.The assembly’s communities, equality and local government committee had considered including the ban as part of a new law to tackle domestic violence.However, Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews said it was the “wrong vehicle” to introduce such a law.Committee chair Christine Chapman said she was disappointed the government “cannot yet do the right thing”.In October 2011 assembly members voted in favour of banning the defence of “reasonable chastisement” for smacking.But the then minister responsible for children, Gwenda Thomas, ruled out legislation before the 2016 assembly election, citing the need for preparatory work amid fears of “criminalising” parents.http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-30935832last_img read more


Mailbag: will the Sharks reunite Vlasic and Karlsson when they get healthy?

first_imgSUNRISE, Fla. — With two games remaining before All Star Weekend, the Sharks are starting to face some adversity as the injury bug continues to sweep through the blue line.Justin Braun and Radim Simek are back, but Erik Karlsson missed Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lighting with a lower-body injury that nagged him throughout the week. As a result, the Sharks placed Marc-Edouard Vlasic on injured reserve Sunday to recall Jacob Middleton from the AHL Barracuda, giving the squad a seventh …last_img read more


49ers’ Juszczyk on historically tough 3-game stretch: We’re pretty good ourselves

first_imgBy now, 10 games into a revelatory NFL season, you must have committed the legend of Kyle Juszczyk to heart.Juszczyk is the 49ers’ Swiss army knife who can run, block, catch and play multiple positions — including team muse.Recently Juszczyk (pronounced “juice check”) made an appearance on 95.7 The Game. The obligatory conversation ensued, to wit: Sure the 49ers are 9-1, but they’re about to face three teams in succession, starting with the Packers, currently boasting 8-2 records, and won’t …last_img read more


Educational Assessment Centre Opens in Mandeville

first_img The parish of Manchester now has a diagnostic and care centre, which will cater to the special learning needs of children with autism and cognitive challenges.The Educational Assessment and Resource Centre, located on the grounds of Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, was built by the Government at a cost of $35 million.It boosts two play and learning rooms, observation room, a nurses’ station, an administrative section, as well as lunchroom, bathrooms, offices and laboratories.On staff are a special educational psychologist, a clinical psychologist, and special education teachers. The spacious two-storey structure will open to the public on March 11.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon Ruel Reid, said that the establishment of the centre is in keeping with Government’s focus on ensuring that the education system is inclusive and enables students to maximise their full potential. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, delivers the keynote address at the opening of the Educational Assessment and Resource Centre at the Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, Manchester, on February 19. The Educational Assessment and Resource Centre, located on the grounds of Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, was built by the Government at a cost of $35 million. Story Highlights The parish of Manchester now has a diagnostic and care centre, which will cater to the special learning needs of children with autism and cognitive challenges.center_img “We are going to use the diagnostic centre to make sure that no child is left behind in the region,” he said, noting that it will customise learning through the use of technology.He was delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the centre on February 19.Senator Reid said that global figures indicate that one in every 10 students is likely to have severe special needs.He noted further there are persons with mild autism, who go undetected. “Indeed, one in every 42 boys is autistic and one in every 167 girls is autistic. Autism is on a spectrum of mild to severe. Some of the challenges faced in the classroom are because this goes undetected,” he said.The Education Minister said that in addition to establishing assessment and diagnostic centres, increased focus will be placed on an early stimulation/intervention strategy that addresses needs during the first 1,000 days of the child’s life.The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that the period spanning between conception and one’s second birthday is when the foundations of optimum health, growth and neurodevelopment across the lifespan are established.“Learning begins from conception because the first 1,000 days from conception to age two is a key age; two is the highest point of their cognitive neurological development (brain capacity)” Minister Reid added.In his remarks, Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President, Dr. Garth Anderson, said the body has been advocating for the early assessment of students entering the education system at the early-childhood level for the purpose of developing a learning profile and targeted intervention.Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President, Dr. Garth Anderson, addresses the official opening of the Educational Assessment and Resource Centre at Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, Manchester, on February 19. It boosts two play and learning rooms, observation room, a nurses’ station, an administrative section, as well as lunchroom, bathrooms, offices and laboratories. Dr. Anderson, who is also Principal of Church Teachers’ College, urged that the diagnostic centre be fully utilised to “fulfil its mission of not only assessing students but to also be effective in changing the way in which we do teaching and learning”.last_img read more


States to be key drivers of growth for making India USD 5

first_imgNew Delhi: States will have to become key agents of growth to help achieve India’s target of becoming a USD 5 trillion economy, Niti Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant said on Saturday.Speaking at an event organised here by industry chamber PHDCCI, Kant said states have to work together and learn from each other to radically transform India.Kant said one of the things which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been focusing on in recent times is the target of becoming a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024 and subsequently a USD 10 trillion economy by 2030. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”…therefore, our challenge really is that it will not be possible for India to achieve this till states do not aim to double and triple their GDPs. And this would require major structural reforms and structural reforms over a vast range of sectors,” he said.He underlined sectors like agriculture and labour where structural reforms are required.The current size of the Indian economy is estimated at USD 2.7 trillion. The central government has announced and initiated several steps to make India a USD 5 trillion economy over the next few years.PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) organised the ‘States’ Policy Conclave 2019′ conceptualised with the mission of empowering states to strengthen India’s federal structure of governance and contribute in making India a USD 5 trillion economy.last_img read more


Rodgers keen to sign 2 new strikers for Celtic

first_imgCeltic boss Brendan Rodgers plans to bolster his attacking options during the January transfer windowThe Hoops are chasing an eighth consecutive Scottish Premiership (SPL) crown this season and are second in the standings, albeit with three games in hand over leaders Kilmarnock.However, with Moussa Dembele now at Lyon and Leigh Griffiths taking a break from football for personal reasons, Rodgers only has Odsonne Edouard to lead his attack.Therefore, the former Liverpool coach will be on the lookout for some new forwards this January.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“We might need two in January because we want three strikers,” said Rodgers, according to Sky Sports.“We know we can’t go through the number of games we have at the intensity we play at with the same striker.“It’s something we’ll definitely look at. It’s always been a focus but Leigh’s situation narrows it.”Celtic will face Hibernian away today in an SPL match.last_img read more


Gas leak outside Kaiser facility prompts shelter in place order in Midway

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A natural gas leak Friday prompted a shelter-in-place order for around an hour at a Kaiser Permanente facility in the Midway area, officials said.The gas leak was reported shortly after 7:05 a.m. when a contractor doing excavation work ruptured a 1 1/4-inch gas line outside a Kaiser building at 3250 Fordham St., San Diego Gas & Electric spokeswoman Allison Torres said.No one was evacuated, but authorities told people in the Kaiser Permanente Point Loma Medical Offices to shelter in place, San Diego Fire- Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.No injuries were reported.Utility crews arrived on scene around 7:25 a.m. and shut off the gas around 8:05 a.m., Torres said.To prevent such mishaps, SDG&E officials urge anyone planning excavation work in the county to first notify the utility company, which sends personnel to mark the location of underground gas lines, Torres noted. Those wishing to take advantage of the free service are asked to call 811. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Gas leak outside Kaiser facility prompts shelter in place order in Midway area September 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more