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Student Spotlight: Estefania Rodriguez interviews high-profile subject with ‘Crooked Power’ hosts

Estefania Rodriguez joined the “Crooked Power” team in September, eager to dive deeper into a story about press freedom in Latin America.

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9 audio tips from ’35’ host Sara Schleede

The Drag asked Schleede to share her go-to audio storytelling tips. Here are her top nine pieces of advice.

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Meet the fall 2020 ‘Story Submarine’ podcasters

Get ready to climb aboard the Story Submarine because this podcast is ready to get back into the swim of things! Before we start the engine, let’s meet the brains and hands behind the scenes. First on the crew, we have Sabrina LeBoeuf, a senior studying journalism and radio television-film. She is originally from Slidell,…

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Vampires don’t suck: ‘Request Pending’ explores the reclamation of the Twilight Saga fandom

There’s nothing quite like watching a teenage girl engage in a love triangle between a vampire and a werewolf. Thanks to Kristen Stewart’s elongated pauses between sentences and Robert Pattinson’s extra-pale skin and swooshed hair, the Twilight Saga has earned itself a special place in cinematic history, regardless of whether you enjoy the series or…

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Student Spotlight: Skyler King learns to accept podcasting and trust herself

When it comes to today’s world of journalism, the types and forms of media are ever-growing – from traditional print (i.e., newspapers, magazines), broadcast, online platforms, social media, video, to audio and beyond. Although many journalists specialize in a particular field and some may be timid to approach a new style, you can’t knock what…

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Executive director reflects on the successes of founding podcasters

In the fall of 2018, I interviewed more than a dozen journalism students for a job at a place that, at that point, was just an idea. I wanted to create a student-run audio production house on UT’s campus.  We have fantastic students in the University of Texas’ Moody College of Communication, so choosing two…

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‘The Orange Tree’ hosts set sail for new endeavors

The Drag would not be what it is today without Haley Butler and Tinu Thomas. In January 2019, they became The Drag’s first-ever podcasters at the start of their last semester in college. Between classes, the pair began crafting a podcast called “The Orange Tree.” It was to be a longform true-crime podcast about the…

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Student Spotlight: Madison Olson leads her peers with a level head … and a puppy

Each Wednesday night, the capstone class convenes on Zoom for its scheduled meeting. Some students join with dinner in hand given the 6 p.m. start time. Journalism senior Madison Olson usually shows up with her dog, Winston. It’s Olson’s way of keeping an eye on her 4-month-old toy Australian Shepherd while also leading the newsroom,…

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Former intern Maya Fawaz joins ‘Crooked Power’

Maya Fawaz couldn’t stay away from The Drag for long. Just weeks after completing her summer internship, she rejoined the team on Sept. 8  to help produce our upcoming podcast “Crooked Power.” During her summer internship, Fawaz grew her love for podcasting. By the end of the internship, she was reconsidering her original career goal…

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‘Request Pending’ host reflects on end of season one

For the past three months, “Request Pending” host Sara Schleede cultivated a weekly podcast exploring the internet’s most unique communities. With the single click of a button on Friday afternoon, it all came to an end. The last episode of season one was finally published.  “I’m really excited for this episode,” Schleede said. “I think…

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