Caroline Crampton

Caroline Crampton is a UK based journalist who has been writing about podcasts since 2014. Her journalism has appeared in publications including the Guardian, Lenny, the New Statesman and the Millions. She is a regular speaker and media commentator on the state of the podcast industry.

What I Learned in 2018

Back in January, I started writing my own little newsletter about audio. It was the follow-on from a column I’d had previously on a British magazine’s website, which was discontinued but that I still wanted to write. The mainstream UK media had gotten as far as reviewing podcasts as they would radio shows or rounding […]

December 18, 2018

Caroline’s Picks on the 2018 Stories to Follow Up

How podcasting deals with misinformation. There were a few points this year where I felt like that the broader media narratives around the spread of fake news made itself felt within the podcasting world, particularly the moment over the summer when Alex Jones’s Infowars podcasts were removed from several major platforms. But industry discussions quickly […]

December 11, 2018

An Arrest Down Under

A popular Australian true crime podcast brings us back to an old question: how far does this rabbit hole go?

December 7, 2018

Acast raises $35 million in Series C funding

The money will apparently fund expansion into new content and territories, a push towards more non-advertising revenue streams, and an improved offering for smart speakers.

December 6, 2018

In the UK, the podcast-to-TV pipeline is budding

A look at “Storypunk,” one British television writer’s gambit to make this a thing across the pond.

December 2, 2018

On “Low Barriers to Entry”

There was a familiar line in the intro to TIME’s “Best Podcasts of 2018” list that came out last week, perhaps you’ve heard of it: “Unlike film, television or music, there’s a low barrier to entry in the podcasting world: All you need is a microphone and someone to speak into it.” It’s a stubbornly […]

November 27, 2018

Ear Hustle Co-Host’s Sentence Commuted

Earlonne Woods, who has served 20 years of a 31 year-to-life sentence for attempted robbery, will be released from San Quentin State Prison in California next week after receiving a commutation of sentence by Governor Jerry Brown.

November 25, 2018

Miscellaneous Bites: November 23, 2018

November 25, 2018

Decentralising Political Podcasting

Jennifer Tracey was trying to do something different. A longtime podcast observer and veteran BBC producer, she had spent nine years at BBC Radio 4 in London making and hosting the iPM podcast, the weekly digital accompaniment to PM, the drive time radio show. “It was an amazing space to have on Radio 4 tell […]

November 20, 2018

Notes on the Podcast-to-Subscription Funnel

“Young people acquisition” strategy.

November 16, 2018