It's All Journalism

It's All Journalism is a weekly podcast about the changing state of digital media. Producers Michael O'Connell and Nicole Ogrysko interview working journalists about how they do their jobs. They also discuss the latest trends in journalism and how they impact our democratic society.


#331 Investigating abuse by priests in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

Charlie Specht, an investigative reporter with WKBW in Buffalo, joins producers Michael O'Connell and Amelia Brust to discuss his months-long work investigating accusations of sexual abuse of children and young men by priests in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.
00:26:10 11/7/2018

Past Episodes

On this week's It's All Journalism podcast, host Michael O'Connell talks to Kristy Parker, legal counsel for the Protect Democracy Project, about the lawsuit her organization, PEN America and the Yale School Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic recently filed against President Donald Trump. They discuss why the three organizations think the president's actions are not just out of the norm, but violations of the First Amendment.
00:25:43 10/31/2018
Hard to believe it's been 10 years since the housing bubble burst, sending the stock market into a tailspin. Lisa Rowan, a senior writer and on-air analyst with The Penny Hoarder, and Alex Mahadevan, a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder, discuss their publication's major project The American Nightmare: 10 Years Later with producer Michael O'Connell, detailing how readers were willing to open up about a dark time in their lives and what they've found has changed in the years following. 
00:32:07 10/24/2018
Gwen Vargo, director of reader revenue with the American Press Institute, joins producer Michael O'Connell to discuss the finer points of how to get readers to first click on the articles reporters spend so much time creating, and then to take it a step further and get them to subscribe. 
00:31:41 10/17/2018
On this week's It's All Journalism, Producer Michael O'Connell talks to publisher Norma Porter about the relaunch of Black Dance Magazine, which tells the stories of dancers of color. Porter is running a GoFundMe fundraiser for the magazine, which will relaunch in January.
00:41:23 10/10/2018
Xanthe Scharff, co-founder and executive director of the Fuller Project for International Reporting, joins producer Michael O'Connell to discuss her belief that writing every day and sharing stories can help change lives for girls and women around the world. 
00:34:36 10/3/2018
Robert Delaney, the U.S. bureau chief for the South China Morning Post, tells producer Michael O'Connell about his unusual career path, from kung fu student to futures reporter covering the market in China. He also talks about writing his first novel, The Wounded Muse, which will be released in October.
00:26:50 9/26/2018
It's All Journalism producers Michael O'Connell and Amelia Brust talk to Bro Krift and Brian Lyman of the Montgomery Advertiser. Inspired by the opening of The National Memorial for Peace and Justice earlier this year, the newspaper examined its role in perpetuating racism and racial segregation during the Jim Crow era.
00:28:21 9/19/2018
Magda Konieczna, an assistant professor at Temple University's Klein College of Media and Communications, joins Michael O'Connell to discuss the importance of journalism to democracy and how nonprofit models could help fill the gaps in local news coverage left by diminishing newsrooms.
00:26:36 9/12/2018
Lisa Khoury, a freelance reporter/producer based in Buffalo, joined producer Michael O'Connell to recount her decision to move to Lebanon for eight months in search of an investigative story, the saga of Syrian child brides and the struggle to get their story published. 
00:44:13 9/5/2018
 Andrea Wenzel, an associate professor at Temple University and a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, joins producer Michael O'Connell to provide an update on her award-winning work on researching community journalism needs in Kentucky and how her team is expanding its efforts in two areas of Philadelphia. 
00:32:37 8/29/2018

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