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Listen up: New stories, new storytellers

“We will see equally resourced, meticulously researched and well-produced podcasts from minority storytellers who will offer deep reportage about their own communities.”

As humans we are drawn to stories. This year we were introduced to complex stories rich in character and subject matter diversity on one of the most adored and fastest-growing formats: podcasts. Arguably two of the year’s standouts (season three of Serial and season two of In the Dark) are in a league of their own because they interrogate the lived experience of underrepresented people and communities.

2019 is the year when we will see equally resourced, meticulously researched and well-produced podcasts from minority storytellers who will offer deep reportage about their own communities.

The need for stories from diverse voices is particularly important on platforms where audiences are growing. What this requires is a toolkit some untapped voices find as an insurmountable barrier to entry: Money, expertise, training and mentorship. While monthly podcast listenership continues to grow year-over-year, not all groups are part of the upward trend. An AudioBoom and YouGov study found that 60 percent of minority Americans are not listening to podcasts. More research is needed to reveal the underlying cause of the dearth of minority listeners, but when people don’t see themselves or their communities reflected, it is easy to disengage.

Spotify’s Soundup Bootcamps for Women of Color have provided resources for women of color, and Google and PRX are taking a step to support marginalized groups via its Podcasts Creator program. Communities who are underrepresented in the podcast landscape — particularly from the creator lens — have a voice and stories to tell. 2019 is the year we make sure those voices are heard.

LaToya Drake is a founding member of the News Lab at Google.

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Rick Berke   The year of loyalty

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Greg Emerson   Power to the user

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Logan Molyneux   Seeing social media for what it is

Craig Newmark   The end of “loudspeakers for liars”

Becca Aaronson   From bridge roles to product thinkers

Lauren Katz   Community becomes a core newsroom value

Thomas Hanitzsch   The rise of tribal journalism

Kevin D. Grant   A year to embrace journalism as public service

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Simon Rogers   Data journalism becomes a global field

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A.J. Bauer   The coming splintering of conservative media

Mike Caulfield   Ditch the media literacy cynicism and get to work

Josh Schwartz   A pullback from platforms and a focus on product

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Jim Friedlich   Meet Citizen Kane 2.0

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Victor Pickard   We will finally confront systemic market failure

Peter Cunliffe-Jones   The focus of misinformation debates shifts south

Laura E. Davis   More access, but not that kind

Steve Myers   From trying to cover it all to covering what matters

Heba Aly   The rise of international nonprofit news

Colleen Shalby   Representation becomes more than a talking point

Jeff Chin   We detox from Chartbeat

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Soo Oh   Just showing our work isn’t enough

Meredith Artley   Huge demand for…anything but politics

Joanne McNeil   Building a digital hospice

Reyhan Harmanci   Selling more stories to Hollywood

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Rodney Gibbs   A bright — and young — year for audio

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Julie Posetti   The year of the fight back

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Juleyka Lantigua-Williams   Podcasting battles East Coast bias

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Jesse Holcomb   We’ll get better at making the case for local journalism

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Mandy Velez   Putting the social back in social media

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Jake Shapiro   Podcasting is media’s slow food movement

Mike Isaac   The old exit doors for digital media companies are closing

Sue Robinson   Reporters go on the offensive

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Ernie Smith   The year we step back from the platform

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau   A more sincere definition of “community”

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Alyssa Zeisler   We expand what (and how and who) we serve

Callie Schweitzer   The rise of the conveners

Joel Konopo   Influencers become the new liberated power in Africa

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Catalina Albeanu   Being responsible for what we don’t know

Nicholas Jackson   More transparency around newsroom decisions

Justin Kosslyn   Text hits a tipping point

Tim Carmody   Unlocking the commons

Bill Adair   Another year fighting Trump’s falsehoods

Linda Solomon Wood   The year of the climate reporter

Talia Stroud   Engaging people across lines of difference

Rebecca Searles   From silos to Swiss Army knife teams

Mike Rispoli and Craig Aaron   Government funds local news — and that’s a good thing

Amy King   We should listen to the kids (especially on Instagram)

Geetika Rudra   The year of actionable (local) journalism

Kyra Darnton   A shift to depth in video

Steve Grove   A reckoning for tech’s work with news

Rachel Davis Mersey   Local news goes minimalist

Andrew Ramsammy   The great re-pivot to audio

Raney Aronson-Rath   We learn “digital” doesn’t have to mean “short”

Cory Bergman   Journalism as a technology service

Carl Bialik   Fatigued news consumers will pay more for less news

Angèle Christin   Algorithms and the reflexive turn

Michael Rain   The year of the culturally relevant curator

Marie Shanahan   Newsrooms take the comments sections back from platforms

Pablo Boczkowski   Reimagining the media for post-institutional times

Umbreen Bhatti   The story doesn’t end for the people we quote

Jean Friedman Rudovsky   Cross-newsroom collaborations strengthen communities

Rachel Glickhouse   Newsrooms will prioritize audience needs

Renan Borelli   Developing loyalty means developing your talent

Taylor Lorenz   Personal branding is more powerful than ever

Bill Grueskin   Toward a symphony model for local news

Ben Smith   The pendulum starts to swing back

Zuzanna Ziomecka   News leadership gets an overdue upgrade