Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

The Long Tail News Peg

When the first two of earthquakes hit Southern California last week, I instantly thought about two things. The first was Kathryn Schulz’s The Really Big One, which I’ve reread every six months for the past four years and which cross my mind at least once every other week. The second was, “Man, that KPCC earthquake […]

July 9, 2019

Tracking: July 9, 2019

TJ Raphael, senior producer at Slate, is leaving to join the Sony-Davidson-Mayer venture, which still doesn’t have a name? Bill Irwin, Stitcher’s director of audience growth, is leaving the company to… well, the destination doesn’t appear to be officially disclosed just yet. (Don’t worry; I’ll get it.) I think this is a low-key important development […]

July 9, 2019

Startup Watch: Podimo

The “Netflix for Podcasts” Theory and Non-US Markets

July 7, 2019

FeedBurner deprecates MyBrand Service

July 7, 2019

The State of Wondery

“It’s still so early,” insists Wondery CEO Hernan Lopez when we spoke last week. We had jumped on the phone shortly after the Wall Street Journal posted its report on the company’s Series B, and I have to admit: the news surprised me. When I first started hearing rumblings earlier in the week to watch […]

July 2, 2019

Reality Binds: In the UK, a Commercial TV company finds value in Reality TV Recap Pods

It’s safe to say that major broadcasters in Britain were pretty slow to get involved with podcasting. I’ve written about this a fair bit before, mostly in relation to the BBC, but it’s easily applicable to the UK’s major private media entities, like ITV and Channel 4. The former, though, appears to have broken through […]

July 2, 2019

Tracking: July 2, 2019

First Look Media has shut down two of its digital properties: Topic Magazine and The Nib, and the organization appears to be doing so to allocate more resources to’s original video content production. Study Hall’s media newsletter first reported the development. However, I’ve been told that these cuts do not affect the podcast operations […]

July 2, 2019

Wondery has raised $10 million in Series B

It adds to the $5 million Series A already raised.

June 27, 2019

Tracking: June 27, 2019

Another day, another Spotify link. Also: expansion pathways for news orgs with pods.

June 27, 2019

Inverting NPR: A Speculative Proposal

Much like last week’s audiobook deep dive, there’s no news peg to this piece, but it’s something that’s been tooling around in my head for several years now. It was, at one point, a white paper I was developing during my Visiting Nieman Fellowship in 2017, but which I had kept unpublished in a GDrive […]

June 26, 2019