The Pub: Why Fact-Checking Matters


Erica Peterson Photo: J. Tyler Franklin/Louisville Public Media

You’ve done your interviews, written your script and filed your story. But did you do one last fact-check? On this episode of The Pub, I look at what newsrooms are doing about fact-checking.

No longer just for magazines or long-form projects, some public media newsrooms have begun to apply more robust fact-checking to their daily and feature work.

Our audiences expect our stories to be accurate, and on top of that, they expect our journalists to hold newsmakers to account for falsehoods that come out in interviews.

But how do we balance the need for rigorous fact-checking with the daily pressures of filling newscasts and covering our communities? WFPL News Director Erica Peterson shares what her newsroom has done to avoid errors big and small.


The Pub: How Do New Hosts Hang On To Audiences While Still Being Themselves?


So your favorite podcast has a new host! Do you keep listening?

On this episode of The Pub, I take a look at how a show survives a changing of the guard. For new hosts: How do you fill your beloved predecessor’s shoes while still honoring the longtime audience? When you inevitably make changes, will they run for the hills?

Nobody knows this challenge better than journalist Robert Costa. He’s a reporter for the Washington Post and took over as moderator last year for PBS’ weekly public affairs program Washington Week. Costa describes how he approached what could have been a tricky transition after the death of previous longtime host Gwen Ifill.

Plus, I check in with food writer and host of public radio’s The Splendid Table,Francis Lam, who made the jump from filling in occasionally to taking over the program permanently.

The Pub: When To Tell Your Own Story


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Sally Herships and Alan Hall, an editor of Herships’ documentary “As Many Leaves,” spoke at the Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago Nov. 9–11. Photo: Bill Healy

Should a journalist take to the mic to share a personal story? The short answer: Maybe.

Whether you’re a news host who wonders how much to reveal about yourself in your interview questions or an independent podcast producer hoping to mine your family history for material, you’ll want to tell your own story in a way that also serves your audience.

On this podcast produced for Current’s The Pub, Annie talks about what happens when a journalist tells a personal story with Sally Herships, the producer behind “As Many Leaves.” Produced for BBC Radio 4, the documentary tells the story of being unexpectedly left by her husband. Herships and Alan Hall of Falling Tree Productions gave a presentation at the Third Coast International Audio Festival about the process of making the story.

The Pub: How to be a Boss


You got promoted! Great. Now what? Years of journalism training haven’t necessarily prepared you for the art of managing people. You might even find yourself supervising your peers. Before you know it, you stop getting those invitations to happy hour. You are the boss.

Judith Smelser and Michael Marcotte have seen this scenario and many, many others. Both are consultants and former news directors who train public media managers around the country. On this episode of The Pub, we talk about how a new manager learns to be the boss.

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