“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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A brighter future together

first_imgStudents from nine Boston Public Schools gathered recently at the Harvard Ed Portal to discuss their possible futures. Two in particular saw few limits.“First, I want to engineer the fastest car in the world,” said Amaj Mays, who also wanted to study aerospace engineering “and build a spaceship.”“I want to be someone,” said Stanley Charles. “In 10 years, I’ll be in college, and then I’ll go on to medical school. I want to be a doctor.”The boys, both seventh-grade students at the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain, were at Harvard for the 2015 Dynamic Young Men’s Leadership commencement celebration. The public schools initiative focuses on empowering young black and Latino men, encouraging them to pursue their dreams, and working closely with teachers and parents to provide students with tools for academic and professional success.The power of the organization, said Carroll Blake, executive director of the achievement gap for the Boston Public Schools’ central administration and an adviser to the leadership initiative, lies in building a community of leadership across Boston. Holding the eighth grade commencement celebration on Harvard’s campus drives home the importance of college, helping the young men “know that college is for them,” he said.“You can see their energy, that excitement,” Blake said. “I think that’s one of the most powerful things this program has done. It’s getting them engaged in their own learning. These young men are waiting for someone to realize how smart they are, to realize that they have a talent to offer. They’re learning positive things about who they are, they’re learning leadership skills, and learning that we see them as leaders, and we set high expectations academically. They are scholars.”Kevin Casey, associate vice president for Harvard Public Affairs and Communications, was on hand to receive an award in honor of Harvard’s ongoing partnership.“We at Harvard are so proud to be a part of such a meaningful partnership between the University and Boston Public Schools,” said Casey. “I was thrilled to welcome such talented young men — and their families and mentors — to campus to recognize their hard work and accomplishments.”The event, which offered programming for parents as well as students, included workshops on critical thinking, entrepreneurship, and positive thinking, attracting students from schools such as the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Allston and the Mary Lyon K-8 in Brighton. Student groups from each school also gave presentations at the event, celebrating their achievements and hopes for their future.“Harvard’s involvement has been great,” Blake said. “Many of these students have the potential to go on to college, to go to Harvard. Being here on campus, to know that it’s not just across the river but that it’s open to you, makes a big difference. And if they don’t attend Harvard, it’s still important for them to know: College is for you. That future is for you.”last_img read more


Window for containing coronavirus in Mideast closing: WHO

first_imgTopics : The total number of cases in the region has risen to 58,168 from 32,442 on March 26, the WHO said, on a day when global COVID-19 cases crossed the 1 million mark.One of the countries worst affected by conflict is Yemen, where the World Bank said on Thursday it would provide $26.9 million in emergency funding to help the WHO and local authorities improve capacity for detecting, containing and treating the coronavirus.Yemen has not confirmed any coronavirus cases but is seen as especially vulnerable because a five-year conflict has brought its health system to the brink of collapse.It has already been struggling with overlapping infectious diseases including cholera, diphtheria and dengue fever, and large numbers of people have been displaced by the war.About 24 million out of a population of 29 million need humanitarian assistance. There are no doctors in 18% of the country’s districts, most healthcare workers have not been paid for at least two years, and COVID-19 testing kits are available for just 600 people, according to the World Bank.”The epidemic does pose unique public health risks in Yemen … given the already weak health system and the high vulnerability among the population,” said Marina Wes, the bank’s country director. Governments in the Middle East need to act fast to limit the spread of the coronavirus after cases rose to nearly 60,000, almost double their level a week earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.”New cases have been reported in some of the most vulnerable countries with fragile health systems,” said Ahmed Al-Mandhari, the WHO’s director for the Eastern Mediterranean region, which includes Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Djibouti, as well as Middle Eastern states.”Even in countries with stronger heath systems, we have seen a worrying spike in the numbers of cases and deaths reported,” he said in a statement.center_img Outside of Iran, which has reported just over 50,000 cases, confirmed coronavirus numbers have been relatively low in the Middle East compared to Europe, the United States and Asia.But health officials fear that cases of the highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the virus are under-reported and that many countries with weak governments and health systems eroded by conflict will struggle to cope.”I cannot stress enough the urgency of the situation,” said Mandhari. “The increasing numbers of cases show that transmission is rapidly occurring at local and community levels.””We still have a window of opportunity, but this window is slowly closing day by day,” he added.last_img read more


Syracuse to wear special uniforms, sneakers in Battle of the Midway

first_imgWhen Syracuse takes the court aboard the USS Midway on Sunday, the players will be wearing specially designed uniforms and sneakers from Nike, according to a news release from SU athletics on Thursday.No. 9 Syracuse plays No. 20 San Diego State at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Battle of the Midway on the San Diego waterfront. The game is being televised on Fox Sports San Diego and is available nationwide on Fox Sports Regional Networks.The game is the season opener for both Syracuse and San Diego State. The two programs have played each other once before, ending in a Syracuse 80-64 win in a 2007 NIT game at the Carrier Dome. Comments Published on November 8, 2012 at 11:00 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Spartans come up short in playoff opener at Foothill

first_imgPalo Cedro >> There was no quit in the Red Bluff Spartans Friday night, despite a lopsided scoreboard and a full season on the road.Down 49-12 heading into the fourth quarter, the Spartans scored three times in the final period for a 49-34 loss to the Foothill Cougars in the opening round of the playoffs.“We went out fighting,” coach Orlyn Culp told his team after the loss. The Spartans wrapped up the year 4-6 overall and 3-3 league, going into the post-season as the No. 5 seed against No. 4 …last_img read more


California’s New Privacy Laws Stop Employers From Social Snooping

first_imgadam popescu Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#privacy#security#social media California residents, take note: Those nosy bosses are no longer allowed to poke around on your Facebook profile or force you to open up a personal Twitter account.Say hello to California’s new social media law, which took effect January 1. The new regulations make significant changes to the way businesses treat social media. But while some benefits are clear, others are harder to define, and could lead to legal problems later.Technically an adjustment to the labor code, the Employer Use of Social Media law is an important step to creating a barrier between the work force and management, adding much-needed do’s and don’ts to previously nebulous territory. The new law specifically prohibits private and public employers from demanding usernames and passwords to access personal social media accounts or requiring an employee or applicant to show the contents of social media accounts to bosses.While this may frustrate some managers, the new law works to protect employees, mandating that employers cannot discipline in any way an existing or prospective employee for failing to comply to demands to view social media content. But the law does not prohibit employers from accessing information through employer-provided devices or on social media accounts. And there’s still some ambiguity surrounding allegations of account misuse, which can then give employers the green light to demand to see behind the curtain. It’s Not Black And WhiteThe main challenge to the law is ambiguity and enforcement, says San Diego-based Jim McNeill, a partner at the law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge and a specialist in labor and employment relationships.The problem is the notion of misconduct, which the law broadly states can be a reason for accessing social media accounts, without giving a clear definition of what misconduct is. Misconduct can be interpreted on a case-by-case basis, so McNeill thinks this caveat will end up being decided in court. “If allegations against an employee were that they were engaging in going on the Internet and accessing their personal Facebook account on work time, would that suffice to allow the employer to demand access to the account?” McNeill asks. Another problem, he added, is the use of employer-owned devices and technology – especially when employees are not on the clock. If they’re accessing personal accounts via the company-owned smartphones or laptops, where is the line drawn between personal and private information?“The interesting part there is how that’s going to interact with employee access to a site with the employer’s device, off company time,” McNeill says. McNeill believes the law can help employees make smarter decisions about what they say on social media sites, because talking trash about an employer could count as misconduct and be grounds for employer eavesdropping. But its ambiguities make navigating this new law a possible trap within the legal system. Treating Social Media PersonasIn that vein, Heather Meeker, the vice president of corporate communications for free text and mobile service textPlus, still recommends not posting “anything online that you wouldn’t be comfortable having shared publicly.”Nick Cicero, the lead social strategist at Livefyre, a San Francisco-based commenting and social engagement platform, says one way to protect yourself is to have a “distinct separation of work and personal accounts.” But with our personal lives more and more entwined with our professional personas, that can be easier said than done – especially if you use social media as part of your job. “Unfortunately the evolution of online identity doesn’t always make this an easy black-and-white reality,” Cicero laments.One solution to help navigate this ambiguous new law is detailed intra-company social policies that clearly spell out do’s and don’ts. “Companies looking to have a handle on their employees’ social media activities should lay out a comprehensive social policy as to how employees should act online. That way there is an understanding between company and employee at all times,” Cicero explains. “We support openness and individualism.”But if you work in a company that’s less open-minded, you might want to double check just how individual and open you want to be. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts last_img read more


Rain or Shine nips TNT, forces do-or-die for semis slot

first_img“With the experience of Kelly (Williams), Ryan (Reyes) and Jayson (Castro), they were able to come back,” Garcia said.The do-or-die duel is on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum with the Painters looking to reassert their mastery over the KaTropa, whom they blew out by 32 points in the eliminations last month. Read Next Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith PLAY LIST 00:51Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith02:19PBA Season 43 Preview: TNT Katropa34:34PBA Women’s 3×3 – April 01, 201601:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We just extended the series. I told the players it’s all about who wants it more on the defensive side,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia after his team survived a 20-3 run by TNT in the final frame.Norwood anchored Rain or Shine’s defense against TNT’s prolific import Glen Rice Jr., who shot 8-of-28 from the field to finish with only 19 points and 10 rebounds with six turnovers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRice struggled but remained aggressive. His two free throws and dunk over Raymond Almazan pushed the KaTropa within three, 105-102, with 30.2 seconds left.Norwood hit a free throw after that for a four-point cushion and Rain or Shine was able to make a stop as time ran out. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  PBA IMAGESRain or Shine blew a big fourth quarter lead before holding off TNT, 106-102, to setup a rubber match for a slot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.J’Nathan Bullock had game-highs 31 points and 15 rebounds while Gabe Norwood made his presence felt on both ends of the floor with 15 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block for the Elasto Painters.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Fajardo on pace for another PBA MVP award Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View commentslast_img read more


Amateur boxing president steps aside during IOC inquiry

first_imgFILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 file photo, president of the amateur boxing federation Gafur Rakhimov speaks to the media upon becoming the head of AIBA in Moscow, Russia. The president of the international boxing association says he is stepping aside to let an interim leader take charge while the sport is under investigation by the International Olympic Committee. Rakhimov issued a statement Friday March 22, 2019 in which he does not commit to resigning as AIBA president. Nor does he call for new elections. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With Olympic boxing under investigation by the IOC, the president of the sport’s governing body said on Friday he was stepping aside to let an interim leader take charge.Gafur Rakhimov sai d he was not resigning as AIBA president, however, and did not call for new elections.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director Rakhimov’s status on a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list as an alleged heroin trafficker is part of an inquiry by an International Olympic Committee-appointed panel.The panel will update the IOC executive board next week in Lausanne, Switzerland. AIBA could be derecognized by IOC members in June.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe IOC halted planning for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic boxing tournaments and blocked AIBA officials from contacting organizers in Japan.“The allegations against me were fabricated and based on politically motivated lies,” Rakhimov said. “I trust that the truth will prevail. Nevertheless, I have always said that I would never put myself above boxing, and as president, I have a duty to do everything in my power to serve our sport and our athletes.” Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Under AIBA statutes, an interim president is picked from among the five vice-presidents, who include several Rakhimov supporters. The executive committee is due to meet by telephone this weekend. The interim leader can serve only a maximum 365 days before fresh elections, however, meaning that arrangement can’t last through to the Tokyo Olympics.When Rakhimov was elected last year, his supporters pushed for a plan to allow the president to step aside while still retaining key influence and being able to return at any time, but that was defeated.It’s not clear if Rakhimov’s departure would be enough to calm the IOC, which has also criticized AIBA over how fights are judged, anti-doping measures, and its debts.The IOC could try to host an Olympic boxing tournament without AIBA, and some national boxing officials have tried to form a group which could help the IOC stage the event.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka win opening matches in Miami Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp confident after Bayern Munich draw

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp confident after Bayern Munich drawby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp knows his side face a tough two games against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.The Reds were drawn against the German champions in the Round of 16.”For me it’s nice going to Germany. This is a different Bayern than what I played, we are already here for three years,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.”We all know the stadium, the atmosphere will be great. It’s a really nice trip for all our supporters, it’s a wonderful city, so that’s all good.”The flight is not too long and we obviously know more about German football than about any other league.”In the last couple of years they have dominated the German league in the best period of German football. It’s obviously long ago that I played Bayern in a competitive game so I’m really looking forward to it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more