The Making of “Accused”
The Cincinnati Enquirer’s first true-crime podcast has been downloaded more than 4 million times worldwide, but it started the same way most journalism starts: as a story idea. It soon became clear that telling this particular story with audio would be more effective than traditional print. This seminar aims to help participants recognize when a story might translate to a podcast audience and what steps should be taken to make that effort a success. Accused co-creator and host Amber Hunt will walk through the reporting process, the technical skills learned along the way and the grassroots marketing that went into the podcast that was named one of the year’s best by iTunes and Esquire.
The Ethics of Audio
Podcasting is fast becoming a popular storytelling medium for journalists, but creating a responsible podcast is more than recording interviews and editing them together. This seminar will provide insight into – and a chance for discussion about – some of the heavy issues, from weighing whether and how to incorporate music to how much personality should be injected into a podcast without undermining the journalism presented. Led by Amber Hunt of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s podcast “Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Andes.”
Amber Hunt is an award-winning journalist who works for the Cincinnati Enquirer as an investigative reporter. In 2016, she co-created and hosted the hit podcast “Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Andes,” which had been downloaded more than 4 million times within 90 days of release and was named one of the year’s best podcasts by iTunes and Esquire magazine, among others.
She previously covered crime for the Detroit Free Press and oversaw the Dakotas as a news editor for The Associated Press. She’s written three true-crime books – Dead but Not Forgotten, All-American Murder and See How Much You Love Me – and is co-author of The Kennedy Wives: Triumph and Tragedy in America’s Most Public Family, which was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
Amber is a past Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where her project was titled "Embracing Empathy in Urban Crime Reporting." She teaches multimedia journalism at the University of Cincinnati, and she's a past recipient of the Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting, the only national award dedicated to crime coverage. She has appeared on NBC’s Dateline and A&E’s Crime Stories, among other TV shows. She lives in Ohio.