The News Nirvana Podcast
Ep. 17: The role of the watchdog

Ep. 17: The role of the watchdog

May 5, 2022

This week we're joined by Daily Herald Assistant Managing Editor for Watchdog Reporting, Jake Griffin. In his 20-plus years of covering suburban Chicago for the Herald, Griffin has established himself as one of the leading watchdog reporters and columnists using reader tips and deep data dives to cover everything from elected officials, taxing districts, and the local effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ep. 16: Content is king

Ep. 16: Content is king

April 12, 2022

Jed Williams and David Arkin are putting a new spin on local community media. The co-founders of Checkout DFW join host Nick Parker to talk about their fledgling publication and a new approach to both content and marketing partners (don’t call them advertisers!)

Ep. 15: It’s hope, but with teeth

Ep. 15: It’s hope, but with teeth

March 29, 2022

With new and refreshed approaches to revenue generation and audience engagement, the Richland Source, is carving out a successful model for community newspapers. Publisher Jay Allred and Engagement & Solutions Editor Brittany Schock join host Nick Parker to talk about their intentional approach to serving the community they cover.

Ep. 14: Student reporters leading the way

Ep. 14: Student reporters leading the way

February 22, 2022

A funny thing happens when student reporters are taught, and allowed, to act like professionals. Franklin College Pulliam School of Journalism director, John Krull, and senior reporter Taylor Wooten join Host Nick Parker to talk about how their program is leading the way through breaking news and statehouse reporting.

Ep. 13: On production and developing the next generation

Ep. 13: On production and developing the next generation

February 8, 2022

Emmy Award-winning digital news producer Cara Sabin, of WDRB in Louisville, joins host Nick Parker to talk about producing the news, driving traffic, and developing the next generation of reporters and producers.

Ep. 12: In support of the rural community newspapers

Ep. 12: In support of the rural community newspapers

January 25, 2022

Dr. Chad Stebbins, executive director of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, and past board chair Gary Sosniecki join the show for a conversation about community journalism, keeping newspapers in rural cities and the support role of their organization.

Ep. 11: Being a first ain’t all it’s cracked up to be

Ep. 11: Being a first ain’t all it’s cracked up to be

January 11, 2022

The Cohort's Alex Sujong Laughlin, joins host Nick Parker to talk about her new project through the Poynter Institute and the need to focus on gender and inclusion in media. 

Ep. 10: On data collection and creating meaningful engagement

Ep. 10: On data collection and creating meaningful engagement

December 14, 2021

Wick Communications' Reilly Kneedler joins host Nick Parker for a conversation on the importance of data collection and how we use it to engage our audiences and create places for meaningful conversation on the news and issues of our communities.

Ep. 9: On storytelling and context

Ep. 9: On storytelling and context

November 30, 2021

Rob Curry, executive producer of digital at KHQ in Spokane, Wash., joins the show for conversations on newsrooms thinking digital first, shifting to meet changing audience demand and finding the best way to package stories for the communities we cover.

Ep. 8: Creating access & driving change

Ep. 8: Creating access & driving change

November 16, 2021

It's a time to offer real support. A time for change. It is, according to Larry Graham, a time for action. In his 25-year career in the news business, Graham has worked in newsrooms and industry associations across the country. In 2021, he launched the Diversity Pledge Institute to help news organizations increase diversity in their businesses as well as provide needed support for the under-represented workers.