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Plus: Everybody’s suddenly making podcasts for kids, a show reveals itself as part-fiction in its grand finale, and mixing podcasts and dating apps.
The platform focuses on ongoing support rather than one-time projects.
Plus: A subscription-first audio product doesn’t necessarily have to be big, grappling with politicians’ podcasts, and developments in podcast-to-broadcast.
“Problems news organizations will run into, we’ve run into before, we can help them with that, and we can hopefully help them get the same retention and engagement we did.”
A lot of startups have wanted to be “a great place for writers.” Longreads appears to actually be succeeding at this.
“I never have to consider if a story I run is going to make me take a financial hit. That lack of pressure gives us a huge amount of independence.”
Plus: Radiotopia finds expanding a donor base a different challenge than starting one, NPR refocuses for innovation, and The New York Times reaches its youngest audience ever with podcasts.
Plus: The economics of an independent podcast, a so-so new set of podcast advertising guidelines, and the rise of the “ear computer.”