University of Georgia
How to get ahead in the news industry, told by the people who did. Hosted by Kyra Posey and executive produced by Keith Herndon, Ph.D. for the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management & Leadership at the University of Georgia.
Season 11 Trailer: Welcome Back!
Sep 1 2021
GPB News‘ Wayne Drash on tragedy reporting and following a family‘s unique medical journey
How do you speak with sources who have recently been affected by a tragedy? How do you exceptionally report on a family's unique medical journey? Wayne Drash, the Cross Platform Managing Editor at Georgia Public Broadcasting News, answers in this episode.
Nov 17 2021
Jewel Wicker on the future of culture journalism and on interviewing different sources
What trends are we seeing in the culture and entertainment journalism industry? Is preparing for celebrity interviews different than preparing for interviews with sources who have had little to no media exposure? Freelance culture and entertainment reporter Jewel Wicker answers in this episode of The Lead. Plus, her methods for finding her writing voice and what she learned from her award-winning podcast, “Gaining Ground: The New Georgia.
Nov 3 2021
CNN’s Grace Walker on finding her storytelling voice
How do you find your personal audio voice, and what goes into great audio stories? Grace Walker, an Associate Producer at CNN Audio and a graduate of UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, answers in this episode. Plus, how she unexpectedly came into audio storytelling from a background in digital reporting, and how the virtual workspace has changed the way she views collaboration.
Oct 20 2021
The AJC‘s Tyler Estep on covering communities and maintaining the human connection
How do you approach covering evictions, and how do you maintain the human connection with your sources? Tyler Estep from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the answers in this episode. Plus, why it's important to have widespread county coverage, and his advice for people looking to break in to the journalism industry.
Oct 6 2021
UGA’s Kyser Lough on trends in photojournalism and studying the visual communications field
What trends are we seeing in photojournalism today, and why is it important to study visual communication as a profession? Dr. Kyser Lough from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication has the answers in this episode. Plus, a discussion on solutions journalism and his advice for people considering continuing their education beyond their undergrad.
Sep 22 2021
WSB-TV‘s Maureen Sheeran on the investigative reporting process
What does it take to produce an Emmy award-winning investigation, and why does investigative reporting matter? Atlanta's WSB-TV Investigative and Special Projects Producer Maureen Sheeran answers, plus, she shares her networking strategies and her advice for people looking to jumpstart their journalism career.
Sep 8 2021
Season 11 Trailer: Welcome Back!
Welcome to a new season of The Lead, a podcast about how to get ahead in the news industry from the people who did. This season we're going to continue bringing you stories from seasoned news professionals, where we'll dive into how they broke into the journalism world and hear their advice for aspiring media professionals. New episodes begin on Wednesday, September 8. Hosted by Kyra Posey, and executive produced by Keith Herndon, Ph.D.
Sep 1 2021
BONUS: Introducing Kyra Posey as host
In this season 10 bonus episode, Caroline Odom passes the microphone to incoming host, Kyra Posey. Kyra will host seasons 11 and 12 of The Lead in her role as the Morris Chair in News Strategy and Management graduate assistant. Kyra tells us about her decision to pursue a master’s degree in journalism, what she will bring to The Lead, and why leadership matters in the journalism industry.
Apr 28 2021
Michelle McLoughlin on photography and storytelling
In this episode, independent photographer Michelle McLoughlin joins us to talk about shifts in technology, covering personal and traumatic events, and offers advice on working as an independent contractor. She also shares tips on storytelling that apply to any medium.
Apr 7 2021
Will Carr on preparing for pressure
This episode features Will Carr, an ABC News Correspondent based in Los Angeles, California. Will talks about covering the California wildfires in 2020 and how he prepares to report on dangerous situations. He also shares how he found a passion for broadcast journalism, his approach to work-life balance and the importance of critical thinking and adaptability.
Mar 24 2021
Ralitsa Vassileva on communicating well
In this episode, UGA lecturer of journalism and former anchor with CNN International Ralitsa Vassileva joins us to talk about her career journey reporting for diverse audiences, offer advice communicating well and share her interest in sustainability.
Mar 10 2021
Greg Bluestein (Part 2/2) on impeachment and insurrection
In the second episode of our two-episode conversation, Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution continues to find the local angle on national stories like the impeachment of former President Donald Trump and the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. He also tells us more about the book publishing process and offers advice on dealing with controversy.
Feb 24 2021
Greg Bluestein (Part 1/2) on covering Georgia's political shift
This episode is part 1 of a two-part series featuring Greg Bluestein, a political reporter and University of Georgia alumnus who covers the governor’s office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Greg catches us up on covering the 2020 presidential election and Georgia’s congressional runoffs, discusses what’s next on Georgia’s political horizon and offers and shares stories from his time as a journalism student at the University of Georgia.
Feb 10 2021
Rana Cash on leading the Savannah Morning News
This first episode of season 10 features Rana Cash, editor of the Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Georgia, and Georgia state director for the Augusta Chronicle and the Athens Banner-Herald. Rana discusses what it’s like to lead a newsroom, shares how the Savannah Morning News is focusing on the community and offers encouraging advice for journalism students.
Jan 27 2021
BONUS: Charlotte Norsworthy on what she's learned
This Season 9 Bonus episode features the show’s own Charlotte Norsworthy, who hosted the podcast for four seasons and serves as executive producer. In our conversation, Charlotte reflects on her time at the University of Georgia, shares her experience of earning a master’s degree in journalism and offers a peek at what she’ll be doing next and what got her there.
Dec 16 2020
Writing Essentials Part 5/5: Finding your voice
In this episode, the last of five parts, Nick Chiles, the industry writing coach for the college of journalism at the University of Georgia, sits down with executive producer Charlotte Norsworthy to discuss developing your voice in writing.
Dec 2 2020
Writing Essentials Part 4/5: Covering "the other"
In this episode, the fourth of five parts, Nick Chiles, the industry writing coach for the college of journalism at the University of Georgia, sits down with executive producer Charlotte Norsworthy to discuss covering "the other." How do we cover communities to which we don’t belong?
Dec 2 2020
Writing Essentials Part 3/5: Writing a lead
In this episode, the third of five parts, Nick Chiles, the industry writing coach for the college of journalism at the University of Georgia, sits down with executive producer Charlotte Norsworthy to discuss the importance of the lead and how to make it engaging.
Dec 2 2020
Writing Essentials Part 2/5: Newsgathering
In this episode, the second of five parts, Nick Chiles, the industry writing coach for the college of journalism at the University of Georgia, sits down with executive producer Charlotte Norsworthy to discuss newsgathering and where to look to find stories.
Dec 2 2020
Writing Essentials Part 1/5: The importance of good storytelling
In this episode, the first of five parts, Nick Chiles, the industry writing coach for the college of journalism at the University of Georgia, sits down with executive producer Charlotte Norsworthy to discuss the importance of good storytelling. Why does it matter and how do we do it?
Dec 2 2020