Narrative Journalism at Denison University and Between Coasts welcomes you to join us for "The New Storytellers: The Future of Local Journalism.”

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Narrative Journalism at Denison University and Between Coasts welcomes you to join us for The New Storytellers: a series of conversations about narrative journalism today. We are hosting panelists from the field at the following three events on Thursdays this spring:

“Journalism in the Age of Covid”
Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Investigative journalists reflect on the important work of longform narrative reporting during the pandemic.
Panelist: Ted Genoways, journalist for New Republic and Pacific Standard, author of “This Blessed Earth”
Panelist: Esther Honig, journalist for NPR, LatinoUSA, HuffPost & others
About the conversation: Co-authors of “Mother Jones” feature on Colorado meatpacking workers during Covid

“Stories on the Air”
March 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Audio storytellers discuss the process of getting good tape and capturing stories about place.
Panelist: Jesse Dukes, producer of “Curious City” podcast, WBEZ Chicago
Panelist: Jocelyn Robinson, producer for the Eichelberger Center for Community Voices, WYSO
Panelist: Angela Dennis, co-host of “Black in Appalachia” podcast

“The Future of Local Journalism”
April 15, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
A discussion focused on nonprofit newsrooms, multi-platform innovation, and how to create a more informed democracy by serving underserved communities and audiences.

Panelist: Tracie Powell leads the Racial Equity in Journalism Fund at Borealis Philanthropy, where she invests in community news organizations that serve BIPOC communities. She is the founder of, which focuses on how media impacts communities of color. She was also a Senior Fellow with the Democracy Fund and a 2016 JSK (Knight) Fellow at Stanford University where she researched how techniques used in online advertising to reach specific customers could be used by newsrooms to reach specific news consumers and to grow audiences. Powell writes about the media and media policy, specifically on issues regarding piracy, media ownership, government transparency and the business of journalism.  She has contributed to The Columbia Journalism Review and Poynter. Her work has also appeared on public radio and Publica, the first nonprofit investigative journalism center in Brazil.  In addition, she’s reported for several daily newspapers including The Austin American-Statesman and The Augusta Chronicle. Powell is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and The University of Georgia, where she received her degree in journalism. 

Panelist: Ryan “R.L.” Nave has been the director of Reckon since May 2020. Prior to joining Reckon, he served as editor-in-chief of Mississippi Today. After helping launch the nonprofit newsroom in early 2016, he served as a reporter and news editor overseeing coverage of the Legislature, courts and the environment. Previously, he was an editor and reporter at the Jackson (Miss.) Free Press and covered local and state government for the (Springfield) Illinois Times. He was a 2019 McGraw Business Reporting fellow at City University New York and has completed fellowships at the University of Colorado and Northwestern University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri and grew up in St. Louis.

Panelist: Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio communities and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he previously served as reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier in Southeast Ohio. He joined the nonprofit Ohio Capital Journal for its launch in late 2019 and now covers the Ohio Statehouse, elections and other issues affecting Ohioans. 

These events are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a gift by Sue Douthit O’Donnell ‘67.

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