Section: Doing Stuff

Section: Doing Stuff
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Revenue Diversification, for Big and Small

Multitude Productions, a Brooklyn-based independent podcast collective, isn’t small by any means, but it isn’t terribly big either. Formed in 2017 by Amanda McLoughlin (who I interviewed for a Career Spotlight back in March), Multitude is now at a size where, in the month of July, the collective brought in over 2 million downloads across […]

August 6, 2019
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In Context: “Bundyville: The Remnant”

So, I really liked Bundyville, the Oregon-based journalist Leah Sottile’s audio documentary on anti-government extremism in the American West that released its second season last month, and I highly encourage you to check the podcast out. What I also liked: the arrangement behind the production, which I thought was pretty interesting to parse through. A […]

August 6, 2019
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How to Service, Journalistically

I don’t know about you, but I tend to subconsciously associate the concept of “service journalism,” which I’ll describe as reader-focused reporting often towards actionable ends, with the “personal betterment” genre. (Which, by the way, I will always happily dedicate copious amounts of my waking life towards, as I noted in a column about NPR’s […]

August 1, 2019
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It’s Okay to Enjoy the Ads

I was intrigued back at the start of June when lifehacker extraordinaire Tim Ferriss announced that he was experimenting with a business model switch: he would try shifting his popular podcast from an ad-supported model towards a direct-support model — an audio variant on the composition favored by popular individual-driven blogs like, say, Kottke.org. Ferriss’ […]

August 1, 2019
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Host-read ads: always a toughie

Sticky wickets

July 26, 2019
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Peaks and Valleys

By now, you’ve probably encountered, or at least heard about, that New York Times article floating around last week with an eye-catching lead anecdote — which centered on an individual who started and ended a podcast with less-than-realistic expectations relative to effort — and an equally eye-catching headline: “Have we hit peak podcast?” (I’m quoted […]

July 23, 2019
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ESPN to debut daily (sports) new podcast

It’s called The ESPN Daily

July 18, 2019
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California Dreamin’

This morning, Southern California Public Radio of supposedly sleepy Pasadena — one of the two major public radio stations serving Los Angeles (excluding KUSC), the other being Santa Monica’s KCRW — announced the launch of a new podcast division called LAist Studios, which the organization bills as “a new podcast development and production studio dedicated […]

July 17, 2019
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Quick note on Axios’ story about Live Podcast Events

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Thinking about Dork Elvis.

July 11, 2019
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Guy Raz to step away from TED Radio Hour, plus Star Power and Pods

This came in just before the long weekend: Guy Raz, the wildly industrious purveyor of wonder and enthusiasm, will be stepping away from the TED Radio Hour as host and editorial director at the end of this year. In a statement, NPR, which co-produces the popular “podcast about ideas” with TED, announced that they will […]

July 9, 2019