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The Future of News Is Audio

  • The New School, Theresa Lang Center 55 West 13th Street (2nd Floor) between 5th and 6th Aves New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

Distributing the news has become much more innovative and bite-sized. Hear from journalists at BuzzFeed News, Slate, CNN, and WNYC talk about the process of news gathering, telling the same story for different platforms, and how they engage with their audience. RSVP

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Julia Furlan is an independent podcasting consultant, host and producer. Until recently, she was the head of the BuzzFeed Audio PodSquad and host of their twice-weekly podcast, The News. She has experience launching hit podcasts, running scrappy, DIY operations and has a passion for making shows that speak to underrepresented audiences.

Julia has a M.A. from NYU in Journalism and Latin American Studies and in past lives she's written and produced audio for places like WNYC, Latino USA and Slate.



Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. For the last decade, she has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC. Her curiosity has taken her to needle exchanges and influenza laboratories; she’s even reported on her own treatments for breast cancer.

Before working in public radio, she was a producer at ABC News.



Jim Schachter is Vice President for News at WNYC, where he is responsible for an enterprise-focused radio and digital newsroom, the Gothamist and news websites, as well as programs including On The Media, The Takeaway, The Brian Lehrer Show and All Of It with Alison Stewart. He also leads development and production of a range of WNYC digital properties, such as the highly regarded narrative reporting podcasts Trump, Inc.; The United States of Anxiety; There Goes the Neighborhood; Caught; Aftereffect and The Realness.

Coverage directed by Jim since he joined WNYC in 2012 has won the Peabody Award, the DuPont Award, the George Polk Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service, the National Headliner Award, the first-ever Corporation for Public Broadcasting Community Lifeline Award and numerous other journalism honors from national, state and local groups. During a period of contraction in the news industry, he has led a significant expansion of WNYC’s staff and news services.

Before coming to WNYC, Jim worked at The New York Times for 17 years, rising to the position of associate managing editor after serving as a senior editor in the business and culture departments and at The New York Times Magazine. Earlier he was a reporter or editor for the Los Angeles Times, the Kansas City Star and the Jacksonville Journal. He is a board member of The Texas Tribune. Jim and his wife, Pamela, live in Summit, N.J. They have four children.



Brian Stelter is the anchor of "Reliable Sources," which examines the week's top media stories every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. ET on CNN/U.S, and the chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide. Stelter reports for CNN Media, and writes a nightly e-newsletter.

Prior to joining CNN in November 2013, Stelter was a media reporter at The New York Times. Starting in 2007, he covered television and digital media for the Business Day and Arts section of the newspaper. He was also a lead contributor to the "Media Decoder" blog.

In January 2004, while he was still a freshman in college, Stelter created TV Newser, a blog dedicated to coverage of the television news industry. He sold it to in July 2004, but continued to edit and write for the blog during the next three years until he graduated college and joined The New York Times.

Stelter published The New York Times best-selling book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV (2013), about the competitive world of morning news shows. He is a consultant on Apple's as-yet-untitled drama about morning shows.

He was featured in the 2011 documentary, "Page One: Inside the New York Times", directed by Andrew Rossi. He was also named to Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30: Media" for three consecutive years.

Stelter graduated with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2007. He is on the board of Baltimore Student Media, a nonprofit that publishes Towson's independent student newspaper, The Towerlight.

Later Event: November 13
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