Angela Evancie's Public Media Profile

Jun 24, 2015

Credit Angela Evancie #selfie

People involved in public media share how they navigate the news. This month we heard from Angela Evancie, Digital Editor for News at Vermont Public Radio.

Three daily must-reads:
Like a lot of people who have been profiled here, I really just go where the Internet takes me. Most often, my ramblings start on Twitter. Other than that, our newsroom passes around good national reporting with local relevance, and on various networks, I check out what's been recommended by people I trust.

I'm much more disciplined about my NON-digital reading. I have a subscription to The New Yorker (the only periodical I read in print), and there's something about a little stack of a few of those issues looking at you, kind of impatiently and judgmentally, every night, to really motivate you to just sit still and read a bunch of pages. Pages that don't have a ton of auto-refreshing tabs on the top. Also, because I'm working on my master's of English part-time, I also sometimes literally have required reading, a.k.a. homework. #lifelonglearning

Three podcasts you recently subscribed to:

  • The Heart (formerly Audio Smut)
  • Sam Greenspan's ysltf, (stands for You Should Listen To Friday, and is a weekly selection of something great from some other podcast -- love this for discovering new stuff) 
  • Rumble Strip Vermont, a produced right here in the Green Mountain State by Erica Heilman.

Three people you follow (online) regularly:

  • Gene Demby, of NPR's Code Switch. He's always having an interesting conversation with someone.
  • Kate Sheppard, the energy/environment editor at The Huffington Post. I met Kate through a journalism fellowship several years ago and I so admire her reporting and her sense of humor. 
  • Isaac Fitzgerald, the editor of Buzzfeed Books. I interviewed Isaac when I did a story about literary memes for New Boom, NPR's series on millennials, and I think what he and Buzzfeed Books are doing to translate the love of books onto a medium that loves gifs and lists and pretty pictures is really fascinating.

Three accounts you’d pay to follow on Twitter:

  • The ever-innovative Melody Kramer, whose insights on journalism and community I devour, and whose straight honesty I really appreciate, especially on this platform.
  • Rachel Syme, who writes for The New Yorker and others and is always good for some searing social commentary or a droll dispatch from the streets of New York.
  • Ari Shapiro, because he seems to be having a perpetually lovely time.

Three guilty pleasures online:

  • Architecture/design porn (esp. from Dwell & Remodelista)
  • This idyllic and well-documented community of Vermont farm animals (totally serious here) called Sweet Pea & Friends.
  • And, you know, dumb videos.

Go-to local news source:
Vermont Public Radio, of course! I also follow Seven Days, VTDigger, local newspapers such as the Addison Independent, the college papers at Middlebury (my alma mater) and the University of Vermont, the Vermont subreddit and, for super-local news, my Front Porch Forum, which is just a daily email of whatever anyone in my town has posted about (fundraisers, break-ins, trail conditions, lamb meat for sale). Oh! And I run VPR's participation in NPR's Local Stories Project, where stations around the country pitch their best local reporting -- it's not always news from my region, but I love looking at what other stations submit to get ideas for how we could better frame/produce our own stuff.

Favorite news consumption time saver:
Pocket. This is actually more of a time-extender...During the day I click through to an unsustainable number of posts about the future of news, the present of podcasting, stories that friends have published, longform local enterprise reporting, anything by Rebecca Solnit, interviews that people I'm interested in have given. I save them all to Pocket, and later, no matter where I am or what device I'm on I have this amazing arsenal of already-curated reading.

Words of wisdom for your fellow shows/stations:
If you're excited about it, it's probably worth doing. If your audience is excited about it, it's definitely worth doing.

Can we be friends?
This is actually my question for all of you. I love, love connecting with people doing cool stuff at other stations and sharing ideas and code (that is, our developer shares the code; I don't pretend to understand it) and getting/giving feedback on big projects. So be in touch!