Picking a great brain: A chat with PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan

by moniguzman on October 11, 2011

Hari Sreenivasan of PBS NewsHour with University of Washington Masters in Communications and Digital Media director Hanson Hosein and myself at Seattle's KCTS 9. (Photo: Scott Macklin, MCDM)

I wasn’t sure where the conversation would go. But count on Hari Sreenivasan to take it some pretty provocative places.

The PBS NewsHour correspondent and director of digital partnerships stopped by KCTS 9 Studios in Seattle Monday to tape an interview and lead a station donor event. In between, he sat down with me in the station’s pledge studio to talk media with journalist and University of Washington lecturer Alex Stonehill and his advanced digital storytelling class.

We touched on a lot on topics — curation, verification, multimedia, the evolution of the craft and the new responsibilities journalists must take on in a world where anyone can be a storyteller and so much is so easily shared.

Hari and I have bumped into each other at a couple journalism events here and there. He’s a no-nonsense kind of guy, which is refreshing at a time when digital journalism can get swept up in its own enthusiasm.

Stay tuned for the video and transcript. I hear it’ll be posted on KCTS.org. I’ll share it here when it is.

And thanks to KCTS interactive producer and UW MCDM program alum Brook Ellingwood for asking me to moderate and showing me around the station. It was a blast.

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