How do I go about finding a job with Fresh Air or another NPR program?
I got started at NPR in 2006 through a fellowship called the Kroc Fellowship. Before that, I had no public radio experience whatsoever.
I’m pretty sure most people either come to NPR through an internship program or through working for a while at some other media organization and then switching over to radio. Or through making radio on their own and then getting it on the air.
There’s really no one path that I know of… — I’d come up with lots of story ideas and then apply for as many gigs as possible. They’re usually listed on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting website.
Tomorrow: Fresh Air Potluck and Secret Gift Exchange
Tomorrow is the annual Fresh Air potluck and secret gift exchange. I started working here last January — about two weeks after the 2009 potluck took place — and have been hearing about it ever since.
It is apparently the greatest day of the year at Fresh Air.
So. It will be liveblogged. There will be pictures. And my gift recipient (who I don’t think reads this but I’m not 100% sure…) will receive the weirdest secret-gift-present I’ve ever purchased for another human.
When I hear people say “oversimplistic,” I suspect they don’t know that “simplistic” means that all by itself. I wish somebody would drive “arguably” and “quite possibly” into the sea. And it seems to me it’s almost always a bad idea to begin a sentence with “I pride myself on.”
Jim Lehrer’s MacNeil / Lehrer Editorial Guidelines.
They are as follows:
Do nothing I cannot defend.
Cover, write, and present every story with the care I would want if the story were about me.
Assume there is at least one other side or version to every story.
Assume the viewer is as smart and as caring and as good a person as I am.
Assume the same about all people on whom I report.
Assume personal lives are a private matter until a legitimate turn in the story absolutely mandates otherwise.
Carefully separate opinion and analysis from straight news stories, and clearly label everything.
Do not use anonymous sources or blind quotes except on rare and monumental occasions.
No one should ever be allowed to attack another anonymously.
And finally, I am not in the entertainment business.
Richard Holbrooke, an American diplomat who engineered the 1995 Dayton Accords that ended the war in the Balkans, died on Monday. He was 69.
In 1998, Holbrooke spoke to Terry Gross about a 13-hour negotiation he led with Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic — two indicted war criminals who led the Bosnian Serbs. He said it was the only time in his life that he felt like he was “in the presence of evil, incarnate evil.”