Reporters Madeleine Baran and Samara Freemark of APM Reports spent a year investigating the case of Jacob Wetterling, an 11-year-old boy who was kidnapped in St. Joseph, Minn., in 1989. Baran and Freemark centered their investigation on a simple question: Why did it take 27 years to solve the case? The culmination of their work, “In the Dark,” was named as one of the Top 10 podcasts of the year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Vulture, and iTunes. It has been downloaded 5 million times since its launch last fall.
Baran and Freemark will share their experiences of telling this story with a fresh lens, the craft of podcasting, and media ethics. This panel discussion will be moderated by author Nora McInerny Purmort, host of the podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking.” The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists is organizing the event with generous support from the Minnesota Journalism Center. Plenty of appetizers and a cash bar will be on site. Just bring your questions!