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'Uninterested audience? Maybe you're just boring'

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Journalists need to raise their storytelling game according to 1A host Joshua Johnson.

In this talk Johnson implores both seasoned and up-and-coming journalists to brave beyond preconceived ideas about engaging audiences and what makes a compelling story. Johnson also shares a few of his strategies when having difficult and divisive conversations with his fellow Americans.

1A is produced by NPR member station WAMU 88.5 and explores key issues such as policy, politics and technology.

Johnson is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He has taught podcasting at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Johnson spoke to a Seattle audience at Wing Luke Museum on September 28. The event was moderated by Pulitzer Prize-nominated KUOW reporter Sydney Brownstone.

Please note: this talk contains unedited language of an adult nature.

This event was presented in collaboration with Humanities Washington as part of their fall statewide series, "Moment of Truth: Journalism and Democracy in an Age of Misinformation.

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