This American Life’s 5-Month Education Project

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2 thoughts on “This American Life’s 5-Month Education Project

  1. This is very compelling and striking reporting, Ken! It’s intense and immersive. And I think these kinds of humanizing, people-centric stories represent the kind of journalism a lot of StateImpacters would love to drown themselves in. But, as you pointed out: the central question for StateImpact is how do you do this kind of reporting around policy issues? How do we apply these storytelling tools to government reporting about complex policy issues? I think the long-term reporting aspect of this is really good. Embedding and capturing a snapshot of people’s lives. It also features central “characters,” which gives the whole thing a cinematic arc.

  2. So many great things about how they approached this story. One that stays with me: The seven “rules” at Harper. It’s the long-form radio version of a device we know works well online — the “Five ways Common Core is changing teaching” post or the “Four takeaways from last night’s speech” post. Works just as well on-air. And while five months of access and an hour of air time help draw out the narratives in rich ways, I can see this device working in our standard 3 1/2 or 4-minute pieces as well.