Professional Advisory Board
Karl Idsvoog is a highly versatile and cost-effective multimedia trainer, consultant and educator. Having worked as an investigative reporter, producer, and manager in local, network, syndicated television and online journalism, Idsvoog moved into training/consulting and education following the bankruptcy of APBnews.com in New York where he got a “superb education” in the online world.
Idsvoog has completed highly successful media development, training missions for the U.S. Department of State, the International Center for Journalists, Internews, Radio Free Asia and IREX. In the Republic of Georgia following the Rose Revolution, Idsvoog served as a founding member of the news advisory board to help Georgian Public Television restructure its news gathering operations. He developed and taught the broadcast curriculum for the Caucasus School of Journalism & Media Management in Tbilisi. During more peaceful and cooperative times with Syria, Idsvoog helped management at Syrian National Television pinpoint structural problems in its workflow and production systems. In Kenya, Idsvoog helped journalists improve their strategic approach to developing solid news stories. In Cambodia, Idsvoog helped radio journalists become multimedia journalists as they began reporting for the web. At Radio Free Asia’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., Idsvoog has done voice training for on-air journalists in the Mandarin, Cambodian, Burmese, Tibetan, Vietnamese and Korean services. In Botswana, Tunisia and Egypt, the training often turned to distribution on social media, how to shoot good video with your phone and how to use it effectively on your blog.
Margie Freaney, the founding academic director of the Caucasus School of Journalism and a woman who’s trained journalists throughout Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia calls Idsvoog the “best journalism educator” she’s ever seen.
Idsvoog has worked extensively with the prestigious international law firm BakerHostetler on First Amendment related cases. Attorney Dave Marburger and Idsvoog teamed up to write Access With Attitude – an advocate’s guide to freedom of information in Ohio. Susan Gilles, the John E. Sullivan Designated Professor of Law at Capital University Law School critiques the book in a single sentence as she writes, “If you are going to have one book about how to access government records in Ohio, then Marburger and Idsvoog’s Access with Attitude is the one you want on your shelf.”
Idsvoog has a BA and MA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he was selected as the school’s outstanding graduate. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He is married. He and his wife Kathy have two adult children, Kate an elementary school teacher and Adam, an international relations specialist. Idsvoog teaches a range of multimedia journalism courses at Kent State University. His students reporting work has been featured by IRE, Propublica, Bill Moyers, the Sunlight Foundation, Jim Romenesko, Cleveland Plain Dealer and TVNewscheck.
Be sure to check out his blog When Journalism Fails!