A new type of storytelling — for us — might just be the kind you are seeking when commuting to work or exercising in the Region.
Byline began nearly three months ago as a weekly podcast that dives into our biggest stories and introduces reporters on the front lines.
Think of it as community journalism with sound, not text. Modeled after “This American Life” from NPR, Byline focuses on the personalities behind the stories and the people affected by them.
Podcasts are released every Monday morning. Recent episodes include: “The human face of opioid addiction,” “Dean White, the billionaire who cared about the Region,” “A new charter in Gary with a a different approach” and “Saying goodbye to the Star Plaza.”
Our new 219 weekend section is introduced in the podcast titled, “Yes, there is stuff to do in the Region.”
The West Calumet Housing Complex lead contamination story to date has been told in two podcasts so far. All can be found at nwi.com/podcasts.
Summer Moore, digital and audience engagement editor, started Byline as a new online feature. It’s been growing as more staffers get involved.
“I think podcasts are hot now, and it is a brand new audience that would not necessarily pick up a newspaper,” Moore said. “They are younger people who listen while at work, or in the car.”
Co-hosts of Byline are correspondent Andrew Jones and Kale Wilk, who is joining our staff as a digital producer.
Jones, an English teacher at Victory Christian Academy in Valparaiso, calls Byline a fun form of storytelling.
“I’ve never worked at a newspaper, and I’ve always been curious about what reporters do and what kind of people they are,” Jones said. “Our goal is to tell the story of reporters as well as the story itself.”
Wilk, of Schererville, said he branched out from photography to broadcast while at Indiana University, where he graduated last spring.
“I really learned what it really means to tell a story.” Wilk said. “This is the oldest form of storytelling.”
Byline releases its next segment Monday, and we will focus on compelling adoption stories in the Region and Editorial Page Editor Marc Chase’s own experience adopting children.
How do you find and listen to Byline?
Byline also is available for subscription and download on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher.
Join the many who enjoy podcasts, and in this case hear about the biggest stories in the Region.
“We’re in the middle of a podcast revolution because people love to listen to stories,” Jones said.
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