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4 Tips to Staying Up-To-Date on Podcasting News

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If you’re a podcaster or are somehow involved in the field, you probably find it a bit frustrating to easily stay up to date with the hottest podcasting news, whether or not it’s coming from a content or industry point of view.

As someone who works daily with podcast-related news, it’s kind of hard to find fresh, good news about what’s going on. Researching via Google means spending several minutes filtering out fake news about new podcasts from the real, quality news about the last updates. That’s why we’ve decided to share some useful tips on how to stay up to date without any effort, or almost, with you!

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Events General

Spreaker at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia

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This year the International Journalism Festival in Perugia (Italy) celebrates its tenth birthday and we’ll be there to help them blow out the candles. We’re pretty excited because we’ll also be part of two panels, one with CEO Francesco Baschieri on podcasting as a distinct medium, and another with one of our podcasters, Chiara Beretta Mazzotta (BookBlister Radio), who will be a panelist in a talk about the future of web radio.

Here’s all the info about the panels:

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Podcasting Tips

Q&A on podcasting and journalism with Claire Wardle

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Claire Wardle of Storyful and of BBC fame, graced us with her interview on how social media is changing the journalism game, and about the evolution of radio and podcasting. Read on for more:

Do you mind introducing yourself?

My name is Claire Wardle and I’ve recently started a new role as Director of Development and Integration at Storyful which is a social news agency based in Dublin.

It’s great to have you! How did you start your experience at BBC News?

I was an academic teaching at Cardiff School of Journalism for 5 years. In 2008 I completed a year-long piece of research with the BBC on how audiences were submitting stories, photos and videos to newsrooms via SMS and email. Off the back of that the BBC asked me to come and work with them for 6 months, and in that time social media suddenly exploded. The BBC asked me to develop social media training for their journalists and to date about 3000 journalists have completed the training. I’ve also trained staff at other broadcasting organisaions around the world.

So cool! Let’s get right to it: how do you think journalism has changed with the introduction of new digital tools, podcasting in particular?

Now people are much more likely to find content because it’s being shared with them by their social networks. As a result, ‘chunks’ of content are becoming more and more popular, whether that’s a 3 minute clip shared on Audioboo or Soundcloud, or a 20 min podcast via Spreaker.

And in terms of news gathering, people who are witnesses to events are uploading their own content, sometimes that’s background noise, but often people are interviewing witnesses or giving a running commentary of what they’re seeing. As a result journalists stuck in newsrooms are able to connect with these people to make their coverage stronger.

Like at your site Storyful.com. How reliable is user-generated content in terms of information, and how can I recognize quality content?

User generated content comes in all forms and the sheer quantity of material is eye-watering. The most talented journalists today are those who can find the best material and verify it as quickly as possible. The best way of verifying content is to contact the person who uploaded it, and to ask them detailed questions about where they are, what they can see, what technology they are using and to cross reference that with previous content, Google maps, weather forecasts etc. Verifying user generated content is much harder than people think, it’s not just a case of doing a search of Twitter and publishing the first thing you see.

Radiodays Europe is coming up shortly. What are the current hot topics that might come up?

Digital vs FM will be a hot topic. Radio stations know their FM signals will disappear sooner rather than later, and it’s whether radio stations are ready. The other hot topic is the development of apps such as  Spotify or Myxer where listeners can create their own playlists and chat with others as they listen to it. This ‘social’ type of listening is becoming increasingly popular and radio stations have to catch up with these trends so they don’t get left behind. DIY radio is also a hot topic. Sites like Spreaker and Flipzu give people real power to make their own content and to share it widely. Again, that’s a huge threat to established radio stations.

It’s a change that will affect all of us. Anything you would like to share with Spreaker’s community?

I love Spreaker. I don’t think the ‘mainstream media’ have a sense of how many people are making really high quality content every day. The fact that the audience can choose what they consume – a podcast shared on Spreaker or a current affairs programme on the BBC World Service is what makes the time we’re living in so exciting.

Thanks so much for the interview, Claire!

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Spotlight

The Spreaker year in recap: remembering 2011 through your podcasts

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This Saturday we’ll pop the champagne and ring in 2012 with enthusiasm and hope (that the world won’t end on 12/12/12). Yet, in order to go forward, we’ll first need to look back, and 2011 has been quite an incredible year. It will be remembered in history for its recession, revolutions, erratic pop stars, and even crazier weather.

Throughout it all, Spreaker users have been ready at their microphones broadcasting calls for action and to come together, to get through it all for better or for worse. You’ve started up dialogues, got people to listen, and been passionate about causes going on all over the world. The year has been reflected in our content, so let’s take a look at how exactly 2011 went down:

Nothing like a revolution to bring about a little excitement. People all over the world have demanded change from their governments and society. A wave of different but similar movements swept across the globe.

We witnessed an Arab Spring with the now defunct Misurata Radio, a Libyan podcast that gave a voice to a country feeling oppressed and censored. At its height, the podcast gave solace to fellow protestors.

The Indignados in Spain were represented by Explícalo, Blogoff.es‘ weekly podcasts on various topics. Young protesters participated in talks regarding both revolution and culture.

Back in the States, Occupy Wall Street grew and was not confined to New York. Santa Cruz had it’s own voice speaking for the 99% through The Commander X Show.

Political change came with different leaders, as well. The presidential race in the United States is hot, with new candidates prepping for the match. We had our own excitement here when back in September The Angel Clark Show interviewed New Mexico Governor and former Republican Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson (now Libertarian).

Students brought their passions to podcasts. Take for instance uRadio, where the energy of the students at the University of Siena in Italy have built up their own, diverse community. Different hosts hold open forums on music, languages, and culture.

Of course, a historical year is also manifested in the art made during it, and Spreaker was chock full of podcasts all about art and cultural events.

Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, England houses great pieces of modern and contemporary art. Their podcast Lunchtime Talks at Kettle’s Yard gives contemporary art lovers a place to analyze and discuss masterpieces.

Roma Radio Art Fair is a non-profit dedicated to arts aiming to communicate and experimentat. From the 5th to the 8th of May 2011 the podcast broadcasted Sound Art productions, conversations and sound landscapes, and electronic research.

Sounds like Venice 2011 broadcasted live from the heart of the 54th International Venice Biennial. Listeners could tune into critiques and explanations of great works and what they mean in today’s society and culture.

So we bid farewell to 2011 with perhaps a black and blue or two, but ready to take on 2012, Mayan apocalypse and all. Happy New Year everyone!

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