Certain public radio editors have a term for a script that is beyond saving: “We call them a FLOG,” said Inside Energy Executive Editor Alisa Barba on The Pub.
“For the love of God!,” is what it stands for.
On this week’s episode, recorded live at the Public Radio News Directors Inc. conference in St. Louis, I present Barba and NPR Midwest Bureau Chief Ken Barcus with a bunch of FLOGs to flog, in a game I call: Betcha Can’t Fix This Script!
Also, NPR Collaborative Coverage Senior Editor Bruce Auster discusses the impending editor shortage that he and others have predicted and ways that public media could help foster the next generation of editors.
“You have to make so that the editor job, within the organization, is something people value,” Auster said. “I don’t know that we quite have that culture.”
Special thanks this week to St. Louis Public Radio General Manager Tim Eby, who saved this live show by loaning me one of his station’s PA systems at the last minute.
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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.