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Commentaries

KERA has refocused its approach to commentaries on the radio and the web. We aim to explore the issues of the day, but not in the type of pieces you’d routinely find on op-ed pages of newspapers. Instead, we do it through storytelling and personal experiences.  

Diversity is a primary goal – across politics, ethnicity, age, geography. KERA aims to sound more like North Texas, with a wide variety of voices covering a wide variety of topics.

Immediacy is key. When reflecting on a news event, the piece should be turned around within a couple of days. Airing more than a week after a news event is often too late. And, when a news event can be anticipated, we try to air the commentary the day of that event.

Brevity is crucial. The piece should not exceed three minutes. Read aloud and time the commentary before submitting it.

So is food for thought.  A good radio commentary gives the media consumer something to think about well after its presentation ends, not just the writer’s point of view.

Here are a few examples that fit the criteria:

How To Submit

Submit commentaries by email, with a suggested two-sentence host introduction and a one-sentence “tagline” for the host to read that describes the commentator (Ex: “Jane Doe is a writer from Dallas.”) Please include your complete contact information: email address, phone number, Twitter and Facebook handles.

Whom To Contact

Sam Baker, Senior Editor

Email: sbaker@kera.org | Phone: 214-740-9244 | Twitter: @srbkera

Ruckus Raisers: Texas Music Top 10 Of 2012

Dec 31, 2012
themusicslut.com

David Okamoto takes his  annual year-end look at the best music stemming from Texas, and once again, it's a mixed bag.

Homeless For The Holidays

Dec 18, 2012

While holiday traditions celebrate family and friends, commentator Rawlins Gilliland shares how Christmas became the catalyst for him to reach a mentally lost and homeless soul.

With the Election Day a month behind us, there will be fewer chances to hear some words and phrases commentator Paula LaRocque would probably prefer never to hear again.

Reasons To Give Thanks

Nov 21, 2012

The Thanksgiving holiday for many means time off from work spent at home with loved ones and a large meal to mark the occasion. But commentator William Holston notes some aren’t as thankful for that and more as they could be.

Thankful And Thoughtful

Nov 20, 2012

As Thanksgiving approaches, commentator Rawlins Gilliland is thankful for thoughtful inspirations.

Dallas Museum of Art

There’s always some of the Dallas Museum of Art’s vast contemporary collection on view, but it’s more than a year since contemporary art has taken over the Barrel Vault – the spacious arched main gallery of the museum.  Commentator Joan Davidow applauds the unlikely, yet rewarding groupings of art from post World War II to the present. 

The Critical Thinking Crisis

Nov 7, 2012

You'd think someone who earns admission into college is ready to handle the work they are assigned. But commentator Stephen Whitley doesn't agree.

Whether or not it leads to real change after the election, commentator Lee Cullum says at least one group in society did get the spotlight during this year's presidential campaign. 

A record number of Texans have registered to vote in the November election. But commentator Rawlins Gilliland wonders why some who could or should take part remain disengaged.

Tom Pribyl / KERA

We can rebuild him. We have the technology.   We can make him better than he was before.  Better.  Stronger.  But might we also think about making him ... browner?

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