Section: Doing Stuff

Section: Doing Stuff
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Making Money: Part II

Today I’m continuing my multi-part look at the different ways podcasters make money from their shows. You can catch up on the first part of the series, an interview with the creator of The Bright Sessions and now-Luminary creator Lauren Shippen, here. This time, I’m looking at the options open to independent podcasters making their […]

April 18, 2019
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The MaxFunDrive, Holding Steady

Maximum Fun’s annual membership drive had a bit of a bumpy start this year, with website issues that gummed up potential contributions during its first two days. As it turns out, technical hiccups like these can happen to anybody — even Maximum Fun, the Los Angeles-based podcast collective led by Jesse Thorn, which has been […]

April 9, 2019
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Making Money: Part One

Here at Hot Pod, we devote a lot of space to the ebb and flow of money in podcasting: who’s making it, how they’re doing it, what they’re spending it on, and why. Especially in this moment, as podcasting settles into a new era of acquisitions and experiments, reporting on this has necessarily focused at […]

April 9, 2019
Hot Pod Insider

Full Q&A with NHPR’s Bear Brook team

For more detail on the Direct Donation Experiment.

April 4, 2019
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Public Radio Podcasts as Direct Donation Vehicle: A Cast Study

Last October, New Hampshire Public Radio released Bear Brook, a six-part investigative podcast that amounted to a big swing for the station. The project had local flavor; the case looked into a series of unidentified bodies found years earlier in the eponymous state park, But the podcast had broad potential appeal: Bear Brook, after all, […]

April 2, 2019
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On Accessibility: Q&A with Robert Kingett

Podcasts and the question of accessibility is a vital, important topic, and it’s something I’m always interested in. This recent article by the writer Robert W. Kingett about how he experiences podcast websites with his screen reader and how poorly many are set up for visually impaired people really grabbed my attention. I got in […]

March 26, 2019
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Burnout Reader Survey

I’m revisiting this subject one more time, in part because it’s an important and substantially complicated topic, but also in part because it feels really meaningful to a good portion of the Hot Pod readership. So, when I wrote my second column on burnout last week, I also directed readers to a quick survey form […]

March 19, 2019
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Responses to “Burnout”

The piece we ran about podcaster burnout in last Tuesday’s Hot Pod has given me the busiest inbox of anything I’ve done in this newsletter. I had dozens of responses, mostly from podcast producers, occasionally from podcast listeners, who had feelings about this topic. As I read and engaged with the messages, I noticed a […]

March 12, 2019
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Burned Out

Alongside all the recent news of big acquisitions and new launches, I’ve become aware of another theme bubbling away. Plenty of podcasters are talking about experiencing burnout, or something close to it. Again and again, in private conversations with people who make audio, I’ve heard the same view expressed: there’s all this money being thrown […]

March 5, 2019
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A Middle Market for Live Podcasts?

Live performance as a channel of growth for the U.K. podcast scene is something I’ve been tracking for a while, and the scene over here seems to have bubbled up quite a bit over the past few years. There are straightforward arguments as to why more creators would want to build the channel out: Live […]

February 26, 2019