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So You Want to Be a Reporter Podcast

Want to get a head start on being a journalist?

In the podcast “So You Want to Be a Reporter,” award-winning reporter Carol Marin talks with recent DePaul journalism graduates and veteran reporters about their careers—covering triumphs, failures, indignities and everything else in between.

These conversations highlight the hidden challenges of working in a changing journalism industry, giving you a taste of what it really takes to be a reporter.

Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or SoundCloud to keep up with future episodes.

Latest Episode:

Asking tough questions: Practice makes perfect

First, Carol Marin speaks with ABC7 investigative reporter Chuck Goudie about his long career of interviewing sources and what he's learned along the way. She's then joined by DePaul alum Deni Kemper from Louisville's WLKY who talks about her experiences reporting on the police killing of Breonna Taylor and interviewing people in the community about the tragedy.


Episode Archive

Carol Marin is joined by WBEZ politics reporter Dave McKinney who spent over 20 years in print before diving into radio and DePaul journalism alum Melody Mercado who is now reporting for The Des Moines Register after spending her first year after graduation at a Des Moines television station. Listen

Released October 25, 2020

Carol Marin talks recent DePaul Journalism grads Kayla Molander, Jakob Emerson and Megan Stringer about how they've adapted their reporting to social distancing recommendation and advice to soon-to-be-graduates. Listen

Released April 21, 2020

How to report at the hyper local level by Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence at DePaul University. Listen

Released February 10, 2020

Carol Marin talks with recent DePaul University grad Melody Mercado about covering the Iowa Caucuses in Des Moines, and DePaul's Senior Journalist in Residence Chris Bury about his time reporting on presidential elections for ABC. Bury and Mercado talk advice for young reporters covering a national election and what they learned while on the job. Listen

Released January 21, 2020

Carol Marin talks with former Chicago Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis about his nearly two-decade investigation into sexual abuse allegations against R&B singer R. Kelly. Listen

Released December 12, 2019

Carol Marin talks with four women in Chicago media at the Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence's Power 25 event, which honored Robert Feder's list of the 25 most powerful women in Chicago journalism. Hear from WGN and CLTV news director Jennifer Lyons, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Maudlyne Ihejirika, Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman and Chicago Reader publisher Tracy Baim. Listen

Released November 18, 2019

Carol Marin talks with the Director of The New York Times Institute John Haskins about his career, advice for young journalists and tips for students applying to the institute. Listen

Released November 4, 2019

Carol Marin talks with DePaul journalism lecturer Amy Merrick about starting her career at The Wall Street Journal and DePaul alum Ariana Kraft about her first few months as a reporter in North Carolina—including her coverage of Hurricane Dorian. Listen

Released October 23, 2019

Dean Baquet and Lourdes Duarte talk with DePaul University journalism students about the state of journalism, career paths and more. Listen

Released July 2, 2019

Carol Marin talks with Adam Marshall (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) about how reporters can use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to hold government officials and agencies responsible. Listen

Released April 9, 2019

Marla Krause, the first woman in the sports section at the Chicago Tribune and faculty advisor for The DePaulia, and Chicago Tribune crime reporter Jeremy Gorner discuss the future of newspapers and offer advice to new journalists. Listen

Released January 14, 2019

Carol Marin talks to Nightline and ABC news reporter Chris Bury and the Chicago Sun-Times Editor in Chief Chris Fusco about the use of anonymous sources in news reporting. Listen

Released October 17, 2018

CBS Sunday Morning anchor Jane Pauley came to DePaul to receive the 2018 Distinguished Journalist Award from the Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence. Carol Marin talks to Pauley about her career in front of a room of DePaul students, faculty and media. Listen

Released May 21, 2018

Carol Marin talks to PBS correspondent John Yang, who has worked as a professional journalist for nearly four decades, and Kelley Bowles, a recent graduate from DePaul's Journalism program who works in the Quad Cities at WHBF. Listen

Released Mar 27, 2018

Chicago journalist Carol Marin talks to two recent graduates from DePaul University's Journalism master's program, Lorraine Taylor and Dan Beedie, who are navigating the ins and outs of beginning their journalism careers. Listen

Released Feb 01, 2018