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SNOcast, by SNO Sites, features conversations with journalism teachers, students, and working professionals, discussing journalism best practices, lessons from being in the field and everything in between. Hosted by Alex McNamee. Music by Vibe Mountain via the YouTube Audio Library.
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The Daily Iowan on Covering Mollie Tibbetts


"You can find them on the ground": Reporting on Vaping at High Schools
Alex calls on four student journalism superheroes raising the public awareness of vaping in their high schools. How do you tell your readers about the dangers of something with few facts and so many unknowns. Is the habit already out of control?  
January 31, 2019
Winning Awards with Brian Higgins
Brian Higgins, adviser at Liberty High School, talks to Alex about why the SNO Distinguished Sites program matters, how it sets the table for future success, using it in the classroom, and why there should be a "Friday Night Lights" for Texas journalism.
January 16, 2019
Recruiting and Marketing Your Journalism Class
Chris Grazier, journalism adviser at Cathedral Catholic High School, talks to Alex about the sensible, achievable ways he has recruited and marketed his journalism class, thus growing El Cid's publication staff. 
January 9, 2019
Localizing the "Issues" with The Kirkwood Call
Jack Rintoul, editor-in-chief of The Kirkwood Call, talks about the publication's "Issues issue," which localized a broad set of national topics and news, bringing it closer to home for their readers.
December 12, 2018
Scholarship Opportunity
Got summer plans? Catherine Cheney explains why high school juniors serious about journalism should consider the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference, a week in D.C. with journalism nuts from every state in the U.S.
November 26, 2018
Music journalist Gary Graff
On location in Lansing, Mich., Alex talks to music journalist Gary Graff about why perspective and context is everything to a review, the most important details to dig for in a music feature, and a few of his favorite interview experiences ever.
November 8, 2018
Creepy and Unexplained
Student journalist America Moreno discusses the origins of her developing series of columns, titled "Creepy and Unexplained," and the first unsolved case she researched.
October 31, 2018
Media Law with Jonathan Peters
Jonathan Peters, a media law professor at the University of Georgia and press freedom correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review, reviews student press rights, specifically in covering an election, anonymous sources, and more.
October 24, 2018
ProPublica reporter Jessica Huseman
National politics reporter Jessica Huseman calls to talk about covering elections — not candidates — to investigate the voter experience and the problems that keep them from the polls ... but she's covered campaigns, too, and has some advice for student journalists covering politics.
October 10, 2018
How to Start a Podcast
Alex reviews everything he's learned (so far) about starting a podcast, including finding a site to store it, using an editing software, recording remote interviews, writing scripts, and more.
October 3, 2018
The Daily Iowan on Covering Mollie Tibbetts
Editors for The Daily Iowan, the student newspaper of the University of Iowa, recount covering the Mollie Tibbetts case, staying relevant when national media moved in and more.
September 26, 2018
The New York Times Design Team
Three design team leads who worked on The New York Times' revamped desktop homepage discuss the research that went into it, prototyping, creating sections to incorporate a wider variety of stories, how they're using bylines, and more.
September 19, 2018
MediaWise reporter Allison Graves
MediaWise reporter Allison Graves calls in to talk about MediaWise's mission (3:43), Instagram (7:26), the climate of misinformation for teens (12:22), her favorite recent debunkings (30:40), and much more.
September 12, 2018
Finally Getting It with Emily Smith
Journalism adviser Emily Smith, of Pittsburg (Kan.) High School, calls the podcast to discuss the common struggles of operating a news site at full capacity (2:11), the hard-to-overlook "fear of presentation" (6:10), the intimidating undertaking it appears to be (9:27), how change happened (12:01), and much more.
September 5, 2018
Structuring a Newspaper Staff with Annabella Strathman
SNO Sites launches its new podcast by sitting down with former student newspaper editor Annabella Strathman for a discussion about successful staff structure, including what it looked like for her publication (7:52), what an "Other" page editor is (12:08), who answers to whom (14:50), the benefit of a beat reporting system (16:56), why separating print and online doesn't work (18:06), and what an editor-in-chief should be doing (20:44). Hosted by Alex McNamee. Music by Vibe Mountain via the YouTube Audio Library.
August 28, 2018