At our daily morning news meeting, Ideastream Public Media’s editors and reporters begin to outline our day of reporting. There are a handful of events planned. For example, today Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is in town and our Abigail Bottar will be there to cover the visit.
We often end the meeting with blank spaces on our story list. Reporters can work on longer-term stories or check with their sources until news emerges, and they always do. Yesterday, for example, Matt Richmond worked to confirm a report that the man tasked with overseeing the Cleveland Division of Police’s compliance with a state consent decree would be stepping down.
Daily news coverage in this city means one is ready to change directions without notice. And sometimes it can feel like drinking out of a fire hose. It’s exhausting and exciting.
This work requires a team effort involving our content creators, our on-air presenters, our board operators and Glenn Forbes, our Executive News Producer, in coordination with Assistant News Editor Andrew Meyer to ensure we deliver to our audiences keeping up to date on the radio while Deputy Editor of Digital Annie Wu sweats our website and social media feeds.
That is much. But it’s not enough. We have an obligation to do much more at Ideastream Public Media than breaking news. And so we work to free up our staff and contract freelancers to produce special projects that serve the public and are the hallmarks of public media.
While covering the news this week, we also released episode 7 of our podcast, “Inside the Bricks: My Changing Neighborhood”, in which Justin Glanville, our executive producer of community storytelling, examines the impact of gentrification on his own Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.
The capstone of this project will be a Sound of Ideas Community Tour talk that Justin will be leading at 7:00 p.m. on November 1 at The Happy Dog at 5801 Detroit Ave. Sound of Ideas producer Drew Maziasz is busy lining up the guests and establishing the conversation arc for this show.
At the same time, reporter Gabriel Kramer, who also has a unique talent for visual journalism, is putting the finishing touches on a documentary about this year’s winners Anisfield Wolf Book Awards. He’s been working on this for months with senior reporter David C. Barnett, who recently retired (I know we’re all mourning), and the document will be special. It debuts on November 3 at 9:00 p.m. local on WVIZ and will then be distributed nationwide.
Our “Morning Edition” host Amy Eddings, who has taken sporadic days off to focus on reporting, is on the home stretch of an hour-long radio documentary focusing on Ohio after Roe was overthrown. It is powerful storytelling and will air in January.
Finally, we are all preparing for the home stretch of the midterm elections. We will have stories and features online and on the air ahead of Election Day, and we’re putting our hands on deck with our Statehouse News Bureau in Northeast Ohio and Columbus to bring you live coverage on the radio, along with national coverage from NPR and on our website at election night
I hope you tune into WKSU on the radio, on our app, or on your smart speaker regularly for the news you need to know right now and the special projects that make your listening experience worthwhile. It is our privilege to bring you everything.
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