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01 Apr
Colloquium: "Documenting Cement City: Collaboration and Invention in Narrative Podcasting"
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Lectures, Symposia, Etc.

Topic

Humanities

Target Audience

Faculty, Graduate Students

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Humanities Center
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Colloquium: "Documenting Cement City: Collaboration and Invention in Narrative Podcasting"

 

Erin Anderson (English) with Jeanne Marie Laskas (English) and Mike Benoist (The New York Times)

 

“This town is ignored. These little towns are ignored. Nobody's ever come to Donora and said, ‘Hey. We're gonna be here. We're going to see what we can do. We're gonna help you. We’re gonna do something.’ Nothing. They, they don't know we exist. We’re too small. You know? They don’t know we're here.” 

-- Wally Fronzaglio, Constable

Cement City is a narrative podcast series about the town of Donora, Pennsylvania. Along with her collaborator, journalist and author Jeanne Marie Laskas, Erin Anderson spent three years documenting the life of this town—a town, like so many across the country, that might seem too small to matter. An ambitious work of immersion journalism and character-driven documentary storytelling, Cement City is an attempt to push the boundaries of narrative podcasting at a moment when the genre is booming, yet also still taking shape. This talk will offer a peek behind the scenes at the making of the series, including original audio from draft episodes. Situating the project in the context of this emerging genre, Anderson will discuss the ways in which other genres and art forms have influenced the approach to the style, structure, and sound of the series. Cement City co-creator Jeanne Marie Laskas and New York Times Supervising Editor (Narrative) Mike Benoist will join for a discussion of the creative collaboration behind the project.  There is no precirculated material associated with the event.

Thursday, April 1 at 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Virtual Event

Colloquium: "Documenting Cement City: Collaboration and Invention in Narrative Podcasting"

 

Erin Anderson (English) with Jeanne Marie Laskas (English) and Mike Benoist (The New York Times)

 

“This town is ignored. These little towns are ignored. Nobody's ever come to Donora and said, ‘Hey. We're gonna be here. We're going to see what we can do. We're gonna help you. We’re gonna do something.’ Nothing. They, they don't know we exist. We’re too small. You know? They don’t know we're here.” 

-- Wally Fronzaglio, Constable

Cement City is a narrative podcast series about the town of Donora, Pennsylvania. Along with her collaborator, journalist and author Jeanne Marie Laskas, Erin Anderson spent three years documenting the life of this town—a town, like so many across the country, that might seem too small to matter. An ambitious work of immersion journalism and character-driven documentary storytelling, Cement City is an attempt to push the boundaries of narrative podcasting at a moment when the genre is booming, yet also still taking shape. This talk will offer a peek behind the scenes at the making of the series, including original audio from draft episodes. Situating the project in the context of this emerging genre, Anderson will discuss the ways in which other genres and art forms have influenced the approach to the style, structure, and sound of the series. Cement City co-creator Jeanne Marie Laskas and New York Times Supervising Editor (Narrative) Mike Benoist will join for a discussion of the creative collaboration behind the project.  There is no precirculated material associated with the event.

Thursday, April 1 at 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Virtual Event

Topic

Humanities

Target Audience

Faculty, Graduate Students

University Unit
Humanities Center