The First Innovation Lecture Series

Discussing audio storytelling with Jessica Stahl

By Sabrina LeBoeuf

Feb. 11, 2019

On Feb. 19, we will kick off our first-ever lecture series with Jessica Stahl, the director of audio at The Washington Post.

“I’m thrilled to have been asked to be part of this series. My whole career in journalism has been around innovation and defining what that means for me and for my teams,” Stahl said. “I’m really looking forward to having the chance to share some of what I’ve learned with the UT community and to hear about their vision of the future of journalism.”

Beyond her contributions to podcasts like “Constitutional,” “Can He Do That?” and “Presidential,” Stahl has helped innovate the audio scene at The Post by pioneering stories for smart speakers. Before this, Stahl was at Voice of America as their first social media manager. Since she was the first to fulfil this role, she was the one to innovate the publication’s digital presence on Facebook and Twitter.

“I hope that they come away not only with some new insights on what’s happening in podcasting and audio right now, but also with a bit of a framework for thinking about innovation more broadly, whatever medium they work in or type of journalism they do,” Stahl said.As a leader in digital innovation and audio, Stahl will speak on podcasting and audio storytelling. With podcasting as one of the most popular innovations in journalism, this will be an important conversation for content creators, students and listeners alike.

Stahl’s lecture will be followed by a Q&A. The event will take place at 6 p.m. in the second floor auditorium at the Belo Center for New Media. The event hashtag is #InnovationUT, and you can follow this hashtag on Twitter to see updates and attendee feedback.


The Innovation Lecture Series discusses topics in journalistic innovation on a bi-annual basis. Est. 2019 by The Dallas Morning News Innovation Endowment

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