Chris Satullo had big, somewhat unorthodox plans for news at WHYY, Philadelphia’s dominant public radio and television station.
“I would hope it would become the hub of a — sort of — virtual collaborative network of like-minded journalists,” Satullo told me on The Pub in June. Rather than viewing WHYY solely as a source of community journalism, he thought it could function as a benefactor of community journalism — a supporter of great work already being done beyond the station’s walls.
Then in September, Satullo abruptly resigned his position as v.p. for news and civic dialogue. Subsequent reporting by the Philadelphia Inquirer suggests he was forced out over conflicts with fellow senior managers.
On this week’s episode of The Pub, we listen back to my conversation with Satullo. Also:
- We reprise my February interview with former NPR host Jacki Lyden about her new venture The Seams, an independent news organization and podcast dedicated to covering fashion intelligently.
- In a commentary we first ran in April, I explain my catchphrase: Authenticity is the new authority.
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Adam Ragusea hosts Current’s weekly podcast The Pub and is a journalist in residence and visiting assistant professor at Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism.
Correction: The headline of this post has been revised to accurately reflect Satullo’s departure from WHYY.
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