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206: Sharing Stories in All Shapes and Sizes (Books, Magazines and Podcasts) with Angela Misri



Welcome to the fourth of six episodes in this year’s magazine miniseries!


If you want to learn more about the magazine industry through conversations, I encourage you to check out the 15 previous episodes in this series: 055-057, 063-065, 119-121 and 149-154.


Our guest today is Angela Misri. Angela is an award-winning journalist, author, and educator. Her detective series, called The Portia Adams Adventures, is set at Baker Street in the 1930s, and her first middle-grade series is called Tales from the Apocalypse. Pickles vs the Zombies, the first in that middle-grade series, won the 2021 Hackmatack for fiction and the second, Trip of the Dead, was short listed for a Red Cedar Award. Angela has an MA in journalism from the University of Western Ontario and has worked as a digital journalist for more than 20 years, at the CBC and at The Walrus. She is also an assistant professor in the journalism department at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU).


In this conversation, you’ll hear about Angela’s career path in different media spaces: in print, in audio and on the web. You’ll hear specific examples related to telling stories in added value ways; the why and the how of telling the same story differently across mediums.


You’ll also hear about the shifts that Angela’s seen in the last 20 years in publishing industry, and what parts of journalism Angela believes are most at risk from AI domination. You’ll also hear what Angela believes we’ll be talking about in a year’s time when it comes to AI and journalism.


You’ll hear solid career advice, including the importance of saying yes, trying and experimenting, as well as the freedom that can arise from the ‘cobbling together’ of one’s career. We talk phones, attention and boundaries with some good food for thought that Angela shares about her daily phone routine. 


And finally, I want to share with you a podcast that pairs beautifully with the episode you’re about to hear. Soon after I recorded this episode with Angela, I was listening The Atlantic’s new season of the How To series; Season 6 called ‘How to Know What’s Real’. I strongly recommend you check out episode 3: How to Trust Your Brain Online. The hosts discuss the differences between misinformation and disinformation, they explore media literacy, control, and confusion, and the way that bombarding people with lots of untrue things it sometimes meant to simply dispirit people. It’s a very interesting and helpful podcast episode that dovetails nicely with this one.


This episode is part of a guest lecture series in CGCM 720 Magazine Production & Publishing, as well as DG 8111 Digital Publishing in The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University. A special shout out to Master of Digital Media student, Crystal Chan, for her loyal listenership and fantastic questions towards the end!


Let’s listen in…





About Our Guest:

Angela Misri is an award-winning journalist, author, and educator. Her detective series, called The Portia Adams Adventures, is set at Baker Street in the 1930s, and her first middle-grade series is called Tales from the Apocalypse. Pickles vs the Zombies, the first in that middle-grade series, won the 2021 Hackmatack for fiction and the second, Trip of the Dead, was short listed for a Red Cedar Award. Angela has an MA in journalism from the University of Western Ontario and has worked as a digital journalist for more than 20 years, at the CBC and at The Walrus. She is also an assistant professor in the journalism department at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU).


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Music:

Weird Science - John Bartmann licensed under a CC0 1.0 Universal License


Talk Paper Scissors Theme Music: Retro Quirky Upbeat Funk by Lewis Sound Production via Audio Jungle


Boat Origami Photo: Boat Origami Photo by Alex on Unsplash

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