Journalism

Our 50th Episode featuring Ira Glass

This American Life Host and Producer Ira Glass has taken home seven duPont silver batons for the radio documentary series since he created it in 1995. In our special 50th episode, find out what goes into the making of one of the most listened to radio shows - one that spawned a generation of podcasts.

Bonus: Hear Ira’s sage advice from his speech to the Columbia Journalism School graduating class of 2018.

CNN’s Nima Elbagir on risking her life for the stories that must be told, and the challenges of being a female, Muslim journalist of color.

Nima Elbagir’s acceptance speech at the 2019 duPont Award Ceremony, Columbia University.

Nima Elbagir’s acceptance speech at the 2019 duPont Award Ceremony, Columbia University.

CNN’s Senior International Correspondent Nima Elbagir has reported fearlessly across Africa. For her 2019 duPont-Columbia award winning work, she and her producer snuck into a modern day slave market in Libya, exposed child labor in Congo and trailed a smuggler’s network in Nigeria to show the world rarely seen exploitation and corruption. In this episode, she talks about the challenges of taking such risks as well as the challenges of being a Muslim, female journalist of color. “People like me 10 years ago didn't end up in front of the camera. People like me were fixers.”

She also talks about some of the advantages. In her human rights abuses reporting, “it was eas(ier) for us to disappear. It was easier to have Arabic speakers. It took the temperature down a lot for it to be women in such a chauvinist cultural context as Libya.”

Elbagir talks to Columbia J School student Sarah Moawad in a wide-ranging conversation about her work, being a new mom on the frontlines and how she learned what “Selena Gomez viral” was --  when it happened to her.

And a reminder to be like Nima Elbagir and enter your best audio or video reporting for #duPont2020 while we’re open for submissions (Deadline July 1). Visit www.duPont.org for info and to enter.

NBC Bay Area's Bigad Shaban schools us about questionable student arrests.

“So a kid did scribble on a sidewalk. Is that technically vandalism? Sure. But is the best way to handle it really for the officer to arrest that kid?

As the new school year begins, a new On Assignment episode explores how schools across the country are disciplining students...by arresting them.

Filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested on their 2018 duPont-Columbia Award winning film, “Hell on Earth.”

“Going into Syria itself at the point where we started shooting was basically a suicide mission. Not so much the risks of combat, but the risk of being kidnapped, sold to ISIS and having your head cut off. So we were making a film about the Syrian civil war and we couldn't shoot in the Syrian civil war.”