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Tracking: June 18, 2019

Mary Meeker presented the 2019 edition of her Internet Trends report at the Code Conference last week… and podcasting pops up for a slide, grouped together with smart speakers as part of the broader Voice trend.

You can find the whole deck here. I’d recommend checking out the Nieman Lab and Recode write-ups. Turns out American adults spend a daily average of around six hours on digital media these days. My burnt out eyes, I would never have known.

Speaking of Vox: Vox Media has ratified its first collective bargaining agreement with the Writer’s Guild of America, East. You can view the (rather impressive!) terms here. I imagine this development has some ramifications for the process at Gimlet Media (brought to you by Spotify), which is also organizing through WGA East…


  • Triton Digital has acquired Omny Studios, the Australian on-demand audio publishing platform.
  • Crunchbase News has a fancy chart up on podcast investment deals since 2012.
  • Australian readers, take note of the Jesse Cox Audio Fellowship.
  • Flagging this entry level-oriented fellowship, called Multitrack 2019, which is additionally aimed at people of colour and people from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • The Cannes Lions festival, an important annual gathering for advertisers and marketers, is taking place this week.
  • From AdAge: “WPP is hooking up with IHeartMedia on a new partnership aimed at luring more audio business from marketers. The venture, called “Project Listen,” will offer creative consulting and media planning covering multiple platforms, including broadcast radio, digital streaming, podcasts, smart speakers and live events.”
  • From The Verge: “XOXO shut down its subscription platform before it launched.”
  • #Brands.

Release Notes

  • Duolingo’s podcast returns with a new season, this time in French.
  • We’re closing in on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, and CNN has a documentary out on the subject. They’re also rolling out a companion podcast to go with the doc, hosted by Brian Stelter.
  • I’m enjoying Josh Levin’s The Queen, and I’m also enjoying the podcast version that Slate’s produced to go along with the book.
  • Also enjoying: Richard’s Famous Food Podcast, which is… inexplicable.

Quick note… A little shine to throw: I’ve spent the past week or so in Los Angeles poking around, meeting people, and if there’s a name that keeps coming up in conversations, it’s Neon Hum Media.