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Get ready to binge-listen to Serial’s new spinoff S-Town: All 7 episodes will drop at once next week
Plus: Panoply invests in audio fiction, Rookie links up with MTV, and Missing Richard Simmons wraps up its controversial run.
By Nicholas Quah
The future of podcasting is strong, but the present needs to catch up
Plus: The huge success of Missing Richard Simmons, windowing expands as a strategy, and The New York Times’ podcast-as-EP.
By Nicholas Quah
A news app aims to burst filter bubbles by nudging readers toward a more “balanced” media diet
Read Across the Aisle is taking the Fitbit approach to popping filter bubbles.
By Ricardo Bilton
“The radical act of women making media and owning it, too”: The (podcasting) future is female
Plus: Anchor takes another crack at social audio, a Midroll producer starts her own shop, and Uber wants to create a “content marketplace” for riders.
By Nicholas Quah
Sidewire is civil, thoughtful, and either exactly right or exactly wrong for this political moment
The closed discussion platform shuts out the noise of Twitter’s eggs and trolls and is betting on — gasp! — the value of government and media elites talking to one another.
By Shan Wang
Is Spotify’s move into original podcasts a pure platform play or something more open?
Plus: A new season of shows from Gimlet, award-winning audio fiction, and NPR’s Embedded returns.
By Nicholas Quah
Getting to the root of the “fake news” problem means fixing what’s broken about journalism itself
At MisinfoCon, stopping “fake news” wasn’t the only focus: Issues from news literacy to newsroom standards and reader empathy to ad revenue were all up for discussion.
By Shan Wang
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is on a White House hit list for elimination
That’s bad in ways you already know and in more ways you don’t.
By Nicholas Quah
Reply All gets a movie deal (with Robert Downey Jr.), and Spotify is on the hunt for original shows
Plus: First Look Media’s launches a new Richard Simmons podcast, Stitcher goes premium, Spotify looks into original podcast content, and Radiolab goes remix.
By Nicholas Quah
The true crime show that’s gotten comparisons to Serial is heading for a second season and a new case
Plus: The team behind Serial is getting ready for a new show, the Lewis Wallace/Marketplace debate, and are podcast networks responsible for the diversity of their shows?
By Nicholas Quah
A report on podcasting details some of the industry’s issues: diversity, talent, tech, and (oh yeah) money
Plus: iHeartRadio digs deeper into on-demand audio, Gimlet deals with another cancellation, and even a small public radio station is finding success in true-crime podcasts.
By Nicholas Quah
Hot Pod: What does an audio producer actually do, anyway?
Plus: Panoply grabs some big partners, question marks at Acast, and success in local podcasting through Hearken.
By Nicholas Quah
Hot Pod: If we want podcasting to remain open to everyone, we’re going to have to organize
Plus: A new call-in radio show aims to bring people together, a new sales partnership for PRX, and the benefits of doubling down on live programming for public radio.
By Nicholas Quah
Mobile Majority: How phones are changing news
Get ready to binge-listen to Serial’s new spinoff S-Town: All 7 episodes will drop at once next week
Plus: Panoply invests in audio fiction, Rookie links up with MTV, and Missing Richard Simmons wraps up its controversial run.
By Nicholas Quah
The future of podcasting is strong, but the present needs to catch up
Plus: The huge success of Missing Richard Simmons, windowing expands as a strategy, and The New York Times’ podcast-as-EP.
A news app aims to burst filter bubbles by nudging readers toward a more “balanced” media diet
Read Across the Aisle is taking the Fitbit approach to popping filter bubbles.
What We’re Reading
Digiday / Lucia Moses
CNN relaunches its mobile app around – what else? – video
“No one really knows when it’ll happen, but in next couple years there’ll be an inflection point where it’s almost equitable, the amount of video that’s being consumed on mobile versus desktop versus the television experience. We’re trying to anticipate,” said Rajin Persaud, vp of mobile and TV products at CNN.
Vulture / Nicholas Quah
The Serial creators’ next podcast series sounds like a juicy, bingeable delight
The crew behind Serial have formed a new production company called Serial Productions. The new company’s first upcoming project will be S-Town, a nonfiction limited series set in a small, rural Alabama town that will be hosted by veteran This American Life producer Brian Reed. The podcast is scheduled to drop sometime in March (no specific date has been provided), with all episodes dropping simultaneously.
The New York Times / Farhad Manjoo
Clearing out the app stores: Government censorship made easier
“Blocking a website is like trying to stop lots of trucks from delivering a banned book; it requires an infrastructure of technical tools (things like China’s “Great Firewall”), and enterprising users can often find a way around it. Banning an app from an app store, by contrast, is like shutting down the printing press before the book is ever published. If the app isn’t in a country’s app store, it effectively doesn’t exist. The censorship is nearly total and inescapable.”
Variety / Janko Roettgers
It’s official: Twitter has shut down Vine
“Twitter had given users the chance to download their Vines through the service’s mobile app in recent weeks, but removed that feature from the new app Tuesday. Third-party tools that download Vine’s directly from the service’s website should still work, but are likely going to violate Vine’s Terms of Service.”
Business Insider / Oliver Darcy
Television personality Nancy Grace launches a digital media venture focused on crime news
True crime is a popular podcast genre, and Grace will be adding to the mix with a daily podcast of her own (“It will be the go-to for crime sleuths and people who want knowledge about crime and crime fighting,” she told Business Insider).
The Daily Beast / Matt Wilstein
The ‘Keepin’ it 1600′ guys launched a new media company that aims to challenge Trump
Former Obama administration staffers Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor are back with a new podcast called Pod Save America, under the banner of their new company — Crooked Media.
Politico / Alex Weprin
New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro is moving to Times’ audio team
“We are thrilled to announce that Michael is now moving to audio fulltime. He is working closely with the Audio team to develop an exciting new project that will launch in early 2017.” (Could it be a daily news show?)
Digiday / Sahil Patel
‘Apps are the new magazines’: Why Bloomberg’s doubling down on apps
Other publishers are shutting down their mobile apps, but Bloomberg is doubling down: Starting with its redesigned flagship mobile app, Bloomberg plans to launch several new apps in the coming year with a focus on delivering personalized content to users.
Twitter
You can now create Twitter Moments on mobile
“With Moments, you can bring together your favorite Tweets, whether your own or someone else’s, to share your perspective on the topics you care about.”
Digiday / Max Willens
‘A classic commons problem’: Publishers are going notifications crazy
“Notifications are spreading, too. Updates to the Chrome and Firefox browsers over the past 18 months have made it possible for any publisher to send notifications to readers via their respective browsers; Safari allows this too, but only for desktop — publishers that want to slip onto their readers’ iPhone lock screens has to do so via Apple News, using the notifications company Urban Airship.”
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