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Jarl Mohn's media habits


We asked Jarl Mohn, CEO of NPR, about his media habits: “what – and who – are you paying attention to?”

What’s been good on the Internet recently?
As it is election time I obsess over state by state polling so I spend way too much time on Real Clear Politics and FiveThirtyEight.

I’m crazy for films and this is the time of the year, having seen all the Academy nominees, when the pickings are super slim. I go deep on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes to find international and indie films or those I have missed.

What are you listening to these days?
Every morning I alternate listening to WAMU and a different NPR member station.

My primary source of music discovery is Spotify and I listen to two playlists: Rap Caviar for hip hop and Songpickr for AAA.

In DC I listen to WAMU’s bluegrass HD station, The Spectrum, HipHop Nation, The Heat and Willie’s Roadhouse on Sirius XM.

Who and/or what do you follow?
I don’t follow anyone online. I start my day when I wake by listening to the latest newscast on the NPR News App. Then I check out our digital analytics email to see how much traffic we had the day before and scan the top 20 stories for those I missed. I listen or read those then switch to an NPR member station.

That’s when I dive into the papers. NYT first followed by WSJ, WAPO or LA Times (depending on where I am). When I travel (every other week) I always pick up the local paper so I can keep a feel for what is happening, competitively in local markets.

Embarrassed to say my reading of books has deteriorated to the point of being almost non-existent.

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