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Press Publish is a weekly conversation with the people building the future of news: journalists, technologists, entrepreneurs, and more. Produced by the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard.
||Press Publish 16: Jason Kint on how worried publishers should be about the arrival of adblockers on mobile||It’s Episode 16 of Press Publish, the Nieman Lab podcast! My guest today is Jason Kint. Jason is CEO of Digital Content Next, which I confess I liked better under its old name, the Online Publishers Association.||9/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Press Publish 15: Matt Thompson on The Atlantic’s attempt to breathe some life into classic blogging||It’s Episode 15 of Press Publish, the Nieman Lab podcast! My guest today is Matt Thompson. Since earlier this year, Matt has been deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com, But you might know him from some of his previous career stops.||9/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Press Publish 14: Jenna Weiss-Berman on BuzzFeed’s podcast strategy and moves into audio news||It’s Episode 14 of Press Publish, the Nieman Lab podcast! My guest today is Jenna Weiss-Berman, the director of audio at BuzzFeed. Jenna was hired last fall to figure out the site’s podcasting strategy, and thus far she’s launched three shows,||8/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Press Publish 13: Adam Ragusea on podcasts and the pessimist’s case for public radio’s future||It’s Episode 13 of Press Publish, the Nieman Lab podcast! My guest today is Adam Ragusea, the host of The Pub, a podcast about the state of public media — mostly public radio. I first heard Adam’s voice about 7 years ago,||8/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Press Publish 12: Jesse Holcomb of Pew Research on what they’re watching for in this election cycle||It’s Episode 12 of Press Publish, the Nieman Lab podcast! My guest in today’s episode is Jesse Holcomb, an associate director of research at the Pew Research Center. Jesse is one of Pew’s lead researchers on journalism,||8/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Press Publish 11: Cory Haik on how The Washington Post is rethinking its strategy for mobile||It’s Episode 11 of Press Publish, the Nieman Lab podcast! Hey, did you not know we have a podcast? That’s fair — Press Publish debuted back in January 2013 and, like many podcasts, it lost steam after a while. But we’re ready to jump back in!||8/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Press Publish 10: Tiffany Shackelford on the future of alt weeklies after the Boston Phoenix||They face many of the same financial challenges as their daily peers — how many alt weeklies can navigate a path to sustainability?||4/3/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Press Publish 9: Pew’s Amy Mitchell on the “challenged” state of the news media in 2013||Sports, weather, and traffic now fill 40 percent of local television news — while crime, politics, and government coverage are all down.||3/18/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Press Publish 8: Clay Christensen on the disruption of journalism||The Harvard Business School professor and David Skok discuss how news companies should respond to the Internet.||2/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Press Publish 7: Michael Maness on Knight Foundation’s priorities and how to ensure impact||The head of Knight's journalism initiatives talks about who it funds and how it tries to give its projects life beyond a grant's expiration date.||2/20/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Press Publish 6: Rick Edmonds of Poynter on paywalls, print days, and the economics of newspapers||The newspaper business analyst talks about what revenue strategies are showing signs of life and whether the paywall model works for everyone.||2/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Press Publish 5: C.W. Anderson on metro newspapers’ decline||The author of "Rebuilding the News: Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age" talks about what he saw in Philadelphia as the business came tumbling down.||2/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Press Publish 4: Trei Brundrett on how Vox Media has built a web-native media company with editorial ambition||Vox's VP for product and technology talks about the importance of community, the value of long features, and the role of sponsored content.||1/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Press Publish 3: Jay Rosen on the public, how the press thinks, and the production of innocence||The NYU professor and scholar talks about his intellectual influences, how he thinks the press did in 2012, and how much of an audience there'll be for civic-minded journalism.||1/23/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Press Publish 2: Karen McGrane on building a strategy for mobile||The content strategist and UX designer says that mobile will be the fulcrum to push smart publishers to restructure their content for a multi-platform future.||1/16/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Press Publish 1: Dan Sinker and Erin Kissane of Source on the community of news developers||In the first episode of our new weekly Nieman Lab podcast, we look at how they built a central gathering point for news devs and how they're trying to pull coders into journalism.||1/9/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
Ignore at your professional peril
NOTICE: If you are a podcast professional or yearn to become one, you will be officially certified as incompetent if you don’t listen to this conversation. It’s a refreshingly transparent and revealing conversation between two insiders - deep insiders - who could have used the opportunity to spout off about how smart and successful they are but instead express their bafflement (and, it should be said, their delight) in being on the front edge of discovery, where mistakes are inevitable and ignorance abounds, in this, what may turn out to be the latest Golden Age of Podcasting.
Or maybe not. How many previous incarnations have we seen? And yet – and yet - Serial. But so what, Serial? Are you just another regressive media loop-de-loop, or do you usher in something legitimately new and vibrant and worthy of taking out a mortgage on?
These are the sorts of questions that the host of the Press Publish podcast, Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, asks Jenna Weiss-Berman, the newish head honcho at Buzzfeed’s podcast skunkworks.
Has podcasting finally arrived, semi-permanently? are advertisers convinced the demographics/metrics are good? Is Buzzfeed hiring? (Yes, maybe; Yes, more so; and Yes, a few this very week).
And what sort of hire is Jenna looking for? (authentic, unheard voices, people with real audio skills, something between NPR perfection and shockjock exuberance).
And some real news: Buzzfeed has a deal in hand with an unnamed celebrity to host a new 5-part podcast set to be launched in October; wants to launch a Daily Show-type podcast news thingy aimed at a young audience; is exploring some sort of relationship with Acast, a Swedish tech outfit that apparently has developed a p-cast multimedia platform that Jenna thinks is way cool.
So listen up. Lots to chew on. Lots of insider stuff that you should not miss.
Great podcast. Loved episode #1. Really looking forward to the next episodes. A must-listen for tech journos (as well as: just techs and just journos).
Keep up the great work!