.Thanks Samira S for suggesting a new section this week, which is…
Something Interesting I Learned
I heard Michael Barbaro speak in Austin about how the NYT team conceived of the daily. Two surprising anecdotes:
1: The question the team working on The Daily tried to answer was can you tell a news story with the same type of suspense that Serial had. i.e., use that narrative style to tell stories of global consequence.
2: One example he used of how audio is a fundamentally different storytelling device was the episode where a journalist is trying to get into a Kinko’s to call back to homebase to share some information. In a normal story, the journalist wouldn’t be a character, they would just focus on the information. But because of the podcasting style – and arguably due to the fact that it’s audio – that component of the story could be used to build suspense and become *part* of the storytelling. File under: audio’s uniqueness as a medium.