Post Episode 4: Popular true crime podcasts break news and crack cold cases
In Episode Four, Post discusses crime and justice reporting, including the ethics of going undercover, showing crime scene video, and going in-depth on old cases. This show features work from the Charlotte Observer, Tenderfoot TV, Mother Jones and journalist/author Shane Bauer, and the New York Times.
Investigative Reporters and Editors Training Director Mark Walker joins the show to discuss his perspective as a former reporter covering crime. He discusses the important considerations journalists must take into account when deciding whether to cover a story and the planning that must go into undercover reporting projects. He also gives tips on how to navigate crime and court records that may be difficult to obtain.
The second half of the episode is dedicated to a new true crime podcast, Carruth, by the Charlotte Observer. The seven-chapter podcast came out in October and explores the case of former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth, who hired a hitman to kill his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams.
Sports columnist Scott Fowler followed the case for years, getting to know Adams’ and Carruth’s surviving son and his grandmother, and hosted the podcast. Fowler joins Post to discuss his access to the family, some of the news the podcast broke and advice for people who want to record a podcast.
Post is a media review program from InvestigateTV, Raycom Media’s streaming channel dedicated to in-depth and watchdog reporting. Post is presented in partnership with the journalism organization Investigative Reporters and Editors. The monthly program is taped at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, a partner of InvestigateTV.
Stories discussed in Post, Episode 4
- Up and Vanished podcast, Tenderfoot TV
- My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard, Mother Jones
- American Prison: A Reporters Undercover Journey in the Business of Punishment, Shane Bauer
- Visual Investigations, The New York Times
- Carruth, The Charlotte Observer