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This podcast gives us a chance to talk with journalism leaders about the industry and its future.

This podcast gives us a chance to talk with journalism leaders about the industry and its future.
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This podcast gives us a chance to talk with journalism leaders about the industry and its future.






Ep 13: Tina Meier, Laura Lewis, Sanjay Nath

At Elon University, four students have committed suicide in less than three years. This week on the podcast, we examine the issue of mental health among adolescents by speaking with a victim's mother, a university administrator and a leading expert in psychology.

Duration: 00:37:24

Ep 12: Abbie Bennett

Abbie Bennett, a real-time reporter for the Raleigh News & Observer talks about her military family upbringing, passion for storytelling and the biggest challenges to journalism.

Duration: 00:30:35

Ep 11: Dallas Woodhouse

Dallas Woodhouse works as the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party. This month-long project sheds light on Dallas's personal and professional life, his quirky campaign tactics and how he became one of the most prominent and divisive figures in state politics.

Duration: 00:32:07

Preview: Dallas Woodhouse Profile

Dallas Woodhouse serves as the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party. This week on the pod, we offer a brief preview ahead of an upcoming profile.

Duration: 00:02:51

Ep 10: Paul Parsons, Jane Seidel

Paul Parsons, dean of Elon University's School of Communications, and Jane Seidel, junior audience analyst at The Wall Street Journal, discuss issues classrooms and newsrooms are facing in keeping up with the pace of emerging technology.

Duration: 00:29:04

Ep 9: Madison Taylor

Madison Taylor, former executive editor of The Burlington Times-News, discusses the role of community newspapers, speaks critically of corporate ownership and urges editors to pay closer attention to what their readers have to say.

Duration: 00:23:54

Ep 8: Bruce Schoenfeld

With the MLB postseason underway, Bruce Schoenfeld offers a fresh perspective on the role of baseball closers, the future of the sport and issues of media access. Schoenfeld serves as a contributor to ESPN The Magazine and New York Times Magazine.

Duration: 00:33:44

Ep 7: Katy Tur

MSNBC Anchor Katy Tur discusses her newly released book, "Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History." She defends the media's coverage of then-candidate Donald Trump, reflects on her upbringing and offers advice for aspiring reporters.

Duration: 00:24:12

Ep 6: Michael Bitzer

Michael Bitzer, professor of political science at Catawba College, has been studying North Carolina politics for about 15 years. On this episode, we discuss the rise in unaffiliated voters, preview the 2018 midterm elections and examine area of improvement in how journalists report on polling data.

Duration: 00:26:24

Ep 5: Tyler Dukes

WRAL Investigative Reporter Tyler Dukes offers tips on how outlets can invest in investigative journalism. Reflecting on his past experiences at Nieman Lab and The Wall Street Journalism, Dukes weighs in on data-driven reporting techniques and best practices for translating complex subjects into digestible, reader-friendly articles.

Duration: 00:40:04

Ep 4: Leo Lambert

Leo Lambert, the outgoing president of Elon University, has led the college through a period of dramatic change and increased national attention. Lambert reflects on his arrival to campus in 1999, shares his perspective on student media coverage and weighs in on free speech issues.

Duration: 00:47:23

Ep 3: David Graham

David Graham, a staff writer at The Atlantic who covers politics and global news, discusses his college reporting experiences, The Atlantic's approach to targeting influencers and what it was like covering Trump on the campaign trail.

Duration: 00:25:18

Ep 2: Len Downie

Leonard Downie, Jr., worked with The Washington Post for over four decades. During his time at The Post, he helped supervise the organization's Watergate coverage. In our conversation, we discuss parallels between the Nixon and Trump administrations, the threat of media echo chambers, the difference between anonymous and confidential sources and much more.

Duration: 00:34:22

Ep 1: Colin Campbell

This week on State of the Media, a conversation with Colin Campbell, editor of the N.C. Insider run by the Raleigh News & Observer. We discuss N&O's recent reinvention and some of the biggest threats he sees to the journalism industry today.

Duration: 00:36:27