Session 7: Sunday, June 3rd: 2:00 - 3:50pm
In an age where information is both instantly accessible and easily manipulated, and the U.S. government’s war on whistleblowers and press freedoms continues in full swing, the need for hard-hitting, independent journalism that focuses on social justice and civil liberties is greater than ever. It is up to those with the skills, platform and reach to ensure that the voices of the marginalized, and the issues that affect millions who live under a constant state of oppression and discrimination, cannot be squelched. The News Beat podcast works all these angles. A short-form, educational podcast focusing specifically on social justice and civil liberty issues, News Beat’s seasoned journalists interview experts, thought leaders, academics and activists. Those interviews are woven over a bed of highly produced, hip-hop-styled music, while acclaimed independent rap artists craft original lyrics that are interspersed throughout each episode. The result: informative, entertaining and compelling mini audio documentaries -- with a splash of dope beats and rhymes. Topics covered include the true origins of the racist, ineffective war on drugs, the injustices of the exoneration process for those who have been wrongfully convicted, the fight to close juvenile detention centers, the U.S. government’s war against journalism and press freedom, America’s illegal, perpetual war and more. Guests have included iconic voices such as Dr. Cornel West, Rosa Clemente, Barrett Brown and John Kiriakou. Our workshop demonstrates the process of creating these groundbreaking, informative episodes -- ideation, interviews, scripting, audio production and lyric creation -- breaking down our unique marriage of traditional journalism, new media and focus on social justice with hip-hop music, culture and spirit. We look forward to pulling back the curtain on this exciting new method of sharing vital knowledge through hip-hop.