Creating Journalists at Emmanuel College

A guide for ENGL 2501 and ENGL 3801

Why DO people talk to reporters after a tragedy?

criminal-tickets_11-02-15_17_55b65e9f1d846Something we discussed in multiple classes this semester is this: in the aftermath of a tragedy (a shooting, a car crash, etc.), how do you ask survivors or family members to talk to you? And what makes a person decide to talk?

This was tackled on the “Criminal” podcast in June 2014, although I didn’t realize it until this morning. I stumbled on “Criminal” a couple months ago when I was looking for something to listen to on my morning commute.

Here’s the link to that specific podcast, about a family who spoke to media after two family members were shot by a former KKK member outside a Jewish community center.

Show description:

Criminal is a podcast about crime.

Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. The show’s producers are full-time radio people, but Criminal is what we do when we go home at night. Created by Phoebe Judge, Eric Mennel and Lauren Spohrer, we released our first episode January 2014.

I used “Serial” in my Writing for Electronic Media class last semester, which had an enthusiastic response from students. If I was teaching Intro to Journalism again, I’d likely incorporate “Criminal,” which is quick, engaging and tackles a single subject per podcast. Oftentimes I’ve discovered at least one “Criminal” in my morning listen (I’m still making my way through the whole series) syncs up nicely with that day’s topic.


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