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A conversation with Bob Dotson about using technology to create intimacy

September 7, 2022 at 6:00pm7:00pm EDT

Newhouse 3, Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium

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It’s common for people to worry about how technology is making it harder for us to connect, but sometimes it can actually bring us closer.

For more than 40 years, “The American Story with Bob Dotson” told inspiring tales of everyday American life on NBC’s “Today” show. During its long run, the segment took advantage of rapid advancements in recording technology to get up close and personal with its subjects.

In this live conversation for the “StoryTech with Jeff Kofman” podcast, Dotson, now an adjunct in broadcast and digital journalism at the Newhouse School, will discuss the many ways he used technology—from the first wireless microphones to the newest smartphone—to create his segment’s trademark sense of intimacy.

The event will be held in-person in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, 140 Newhouse 3.

About StoryTech

“StoryTech with Jeff Kofman” is a podcast that looks at how technology shapes the way we tell stories. From film to photography, podcasts to social media and even the human voice, technological innovation has inspired and enabled new paradigms in storytelling.

Host Jeff Kofman’s career as a journalist and war correspondent spanned 33 years. He reported for ABC, CBS and CBC News from more than 40 countries. He left news media to found Trint, a London-based tech startup that leverages the power of AI to turn audio and video into powerful content for reporters and producers.

In each episode of StoryTech, Kofman weaves in his experience as a journalist, war correspondent and tech inventor to explore how storytelling has been shaped by innovation.

This podcast is co-produced by WAER Public Media and Antica Productions.

This event was first published on August 25, 2022 and last updated on August 30, 2022.

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