Join JEA Digital Media’s Tracy Anderson and Two Radio Professionals Sept. 28 to Talk About How You Can Make a Difference In Your Community with Podcasts

Without a doubt, now is the time to explore podcasts.  Advisers and students are invited for a live event with Jennifer Guerra, Peabody Award-winning producer, and Rachel Ishikawa, producer of Kids These Days.  

Rachel and Jen will share experiences from their years of professional work and expertise.  They will share tips for how to create podcasts that can make a difference in your communities. They will talk about interviewing (in-person and remote), story structure, equipment, and more. There will be time for Q&A, so come with your questions! 

All you need to do to access the event live is sign up here. This is so we don’t post a Zoom link publicly and get unwanted visitors. If you fill out the form, we will get you added to the list and send you the zoom link around 5 p.m. ETD on Sept. 28. 

They have experience creating a podcast during the pandemic, and you can more information about that here. There will be a follow-up event on Sept. 30  geared towards parents and educators. 

As Executive Producer, Jennifer and her Michigan Radio team received the Peabody Award for their 2018 podcast, Believed, sharing the stories of survivors of disgraced Olympic doctor and sexual predator Larry Nassar. Jen and Rachel’s most recent project Kids These Days was created in collaboration with Community High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Article about our project:

Issues & Ale on Sept. 30 talking with experts about teen issues:

Jen’s podcast Believed:

Kids These Days:

Jennifer’s bio: 

Jennifer Guerra is the Executive Producer of Special Projects at Michigan Radio.  She develops new podcasts for the station, most recently Kids These Days, a youth-led podcast with students from Community High School in Ann Arbor. She was also the Executive Producer of Michigan Radio’s Peabody award-winning podcast Believed. Jennifer was a 2018 Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan, and has been with Michigan Radio since 2005, where she started as an on-air host and arts reporter. She covered poverty and education in metro Detroit for five years as part of the station’s State of Opportunity team. The Detroit chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists named her “Young Journalist of the Year” in 2008, and her stories have been featured on NPR, Marketplace and Studio 360. Jennifer got her start in radio as a producer at WFUV in the Bronx.

Rachel’s bio: 

Rachel Ishikawa joined Michigan Radio in 2020 as a podcast producer. She produced Kids These Days, a youth-led podcast with students from Community High School in Ann Arbor.

Prior to Michigan Radio, Rachel spent the past three years producing audio in Philadelphia. In addition to her work on NPR Music and WXPN’s The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, she was the Social Practice Lab Artist-in-Residence at Asian Arts Initiative. There she collaborated with young people to develop an online audio sequencer that sampled sounds from the rapidly redeveloping Chinatown North Neighborhood. She’s produced shows like the Opt-in and the Healing Justice Podcast, and her radio features range from topics of skin stigmas to bioacoustics.
For more information about the event, feel free to email me.

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