Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

NPR Executive Editor Of News Talks About Sharing Credible News Relevant To People In Compelling Ways

Lisa Barry
89.1 WEMU

National Public Radio Executive Editor of News Edith Chapin joins WEMU's Lisa Barry in-studio to talk about the importance of local news and the evolution of how news information is shared and consumed.

Edith Chapin says it is very important for people to know what's going on in their community and have access to credible local news, adding "it's what civic engagement is based upon."

In her over 30 years of journalism working for CNN and now NPR, Chapin says news today is about meeting the audience where they are and finding them in ways that is convenient to them.  She says it's no longer about appointment news, and that broadcasters should use all the platforms available to provide information in ways that is useful to listeners.

Chapin says content is most important when broadcasting and sharing news, adding "the secondary question is how it's received."

Chapin says what has been happening in local journalism is a "tragedy."  She says it's an important opportunity for public media is to do more community reporting in a highly credible manner.  She says public radio knits together local, national, and international news and shares it all in one place for public consumption--creating great "growth potential" for public media in the future.

Non-commercial, fact based reporting is made possible by your financial support.  Make your donation to WEMU today to keep your community NPR station thriving.

Like 89.1 WEMU on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at

Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
Related Content