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A weekly public radio show slicing deep into issues of media literacy and journalism. Podcast OTM to stay up to speed on the forces at work shaping journalism today.

On The Media

While maintaining the civility and fairness that are the hallmarks of public radio, OTM tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency that has built trust with listeners and led to more than a tripling of its audience in five years.

Since OTM was re-launched in 2001, it has been one of NPR’s fastest growing programs, heard on more than 300 public radio stations. It has won Edward R. Murrow Awards for feature reporting and investigative reporting, the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism and a Peabody Award for its body of work.” Source: On The Media


“On the Media is our effort to function as the outsider’s insider. In other words, all of us who work on the show are journalists. But I guess there is something in our collective natures that makes us feel somewhat outside the process, despite the years we may have spent within it.

So we hope that we can demystify the process…

It’s always interesting to cover your own business, but the beat lacks something that is really, really important for reporters like me who like narrative. There’s no story. What you are reporting on are trends, policies, perceptions, and studies. Where are the people? Where is the blood? What are the stakes?

Well there ARE stakes and that is something that we try to focus on a lot, what the stakes are – the continued health of an honest and independent press.” Source: Gothamist

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