Our aim at Crime Story, simply put, is to appeal to those who are engaged by a well-told crime story, to those who want to know more about how and why stories of crime and justice are told AND to those who care about the fairness and humanity of our justice system.
As a key part of our launch, Crime Story is partnering with Talking Points Memo (TPM), one of the most popular and respected brands in the world of political news. TPM will lend its editorial, entrepreneurial and technical expertise to the Crime Story staff as we build out our offering. We are also excited to announce that Crime Story’s top articles will be featured in a box on the TPM home page.
“We are very into boutique media brands which match compelling content with a deep sense of values and mission,” says Josh Marshall, Editor and Publisher of talking points memo. “We bring a lot of experience to the table on that front and we felt we could learn from the project too. Of course, I believe in Kary and his vision. So for all these reasons we were excited to be involved.”
Here are some of the notable things that you can expect from the early days of crimestory.com.
We launch The Crime Story Podcast with two separate interviews in two simultaneously-released podcasts. The first is an exclusive interview with United States Attorney General William Barr where we discuss the legacy of the push for increased incarceration, criminal justice reform and the justice narrative in certain film and television programs. The second is a conversation with Georgetown law professor and former US Justice Department prosecutor Paul Butler, where we discuss my interview with Attorney General Barr.
Among the earliest podcast interview subjects are co-creators of Serial, Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder; Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan along with director Michelle MacLaren; Criminal Minds original and long-time showrunner (and former Chicago cop), Ed Bernero; Academy Award winning screenwriter and the writer-director of The Night Of, Steve Zaillian; and Banshee co-creator Jonathan Tropper. We also have a podcast featuring my first recorded conversation about crime storytelling — a discussion of the book and the film In Cold Blood with USC professors Howard Rodman and Ted Braun.
Contributors to the Expert Witness section of The Journal will include exoneree Amanda Knox with her co-writer Christopher Robinson; Crime journalist, author and screenwriter Michele McPhee; and Andrew Block, former Director of Juvenile Justice in the state of Virginia.
We hope you will spend some time exploring crimestory.com, and please be sure to let us know what you think.
Kary Antholis, Publisher and Editor, Crime Story