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Thursday, March 24 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Living the Job: How Embedding Changes the Story

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Reporting a deep dive story, working in an insular community, or developing trust with skeptical sources takes time. Lots of time. Audio journalist Sarah Ventre embedded in the FLDS community of Short Creek and lived in the former prophet's house as part of her reporting for her documentary podcast series, "Unfinished: Short Creek." Shirlee Draper comes from that community and had many conversations with Sarah about the ways in which journalists typically only get a surface understanding of the community, and the damage that does. Together, we'll discuss the benefits and difficulties of this approach, which allows journalists a look into the parts of our subjects' lives that often remain hidden, yet have immense importance.

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Shirlee Draper

Director of Operations, Cherish Families
Shirlee Draper was born and raised in “Short Creek” (Hildale, Utah/Colorado City, Arizona) within the fundamentalist polygamous sect now known as FLDS. She was “placed” in an arranged marriage and had four children, two of whom have special needs. After the rise of Warren... Read More →
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Sarah Ventre

Audio Journalist, Independent
Sarah Ventre is an award-winning audio journalist best known for her work as host of Unfinished: Short Creek, a podcast about a fundamentalist Mormon community on the Utah-Arizona border named one of the best podcasts of 2020 by The New Yorker and The Atlantic. Her reporting in t... Read More →

Thursday March 24, 2022 7:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Rosedale: RNA Members Lounge