Tips on effective storytelling from popular public radio host Ira Glass

8 01 2010

Good journalists know how to tell the facts. Great journalists know how to tell a story.

Whether through words, images, video or audio, reporters of any medium need to know how to skillfully create a compelling narrative.

Ira Glass, American public radio personality, knows all about creating the hook, line and sinker, so to speak.

Photo by Kevin J. Zimmerman.


Glass has hosted for NPR programs such as All Things Considered and Morning Edition but most recognized for This American Life, which has captured the attention of millions every week.

Below is a four-part video series by Glass that teaches a crash course on effective storytelling (all around five-minutes long).

Ira Glass on Storytelling

Part I: On the basics

Part II: On finding good stories

Part III: On good taste

Part IV: on two common pitfalls

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