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!
1. The power of keywords
Google Alert’s tracking service is a basic tool you need to stay up to date but, as you probably already know, just 2 out of 15 links are ever really relevant to what you need to know. You might need something more advanced to help keep you from losing precious time, like:
Follow a topic through a Google News feed
I personally use Feedly as my news aggregator and find the Power Search feature pretty useful. Searching through Google News will give you results from news publications, while Feedly’s Power Search will give you filterable stories from all over the web. With Feedly, you can create a feed to track a topic as it appears in Google News.
If you want to track the freshest and best publications about podcasting, you can search for it in Google News, then add this Google News stream as a feed to your Feedly. Doing this will add a new story whenever a new article about podcasting appears. Here’s my feed, and as you can see, I can monitor updates visually in the easiest way possible.
Using search operators to refine your alerts
To refine your search on Google you can use punctuaction and symbols
Or Search operators, such as:
On Feedly, you can use Boolean operators that connect your search words together to either narrow or broaden your set of results. You just need to know how to use the three basic boolean operators: AND, OR and NOT. You can read some examples on Feedly’s blog.
What links podcast listeners and podcasters is how accurate they are when talking about their niche knowledge. We could say that staying updated via email newsletters is the fastest and and most efficient way to get an overview of the podcasting field. We strongly recommend you follow these four newsletters:
Probably the most accurate and updated podcast newsletter out there, with the biggest following. Nick Quah takes a super detailed look at podcast news focusing on industry gossip and breaking stories. It’s a must read, for both the quality of his journalism and ability to get everyone on the phone.
The Audio Signal is a weekly digest of audio material by Dana Gerber-Margie, audio archivist and radio fan. It’s all about stories, journalism, and archiving, plus pretty great podcast recommendations (with a focus on audio archiving, of course). Her tone is really fun, and makes getting addicted to the newsletter really easy.
If you’re a true Spreaker follower you might have noticed that we’ve been sending a curated newsletter all about podcasting news these past few months. It’s not only industry centered, but is also inspired by other podcasters and podcast listeners. There’s also a funnier section, only discoverable if you subscribe to the newsletter, of course!
Sam Greenspan (author of 99% Invisible) writes a weekly round-up of some quality radio stories from the week, or from the past, or quite possibly the future. The project began as a Twitter hashtag but now mostly lives as a newsletter. It’s short but straight to the point!
3. Social networks
Keeping an eye on what’s going on in social media is also really helpful, especially if you’re looking for real people you can start networking or collaborating with. Word of mouth is always the best way to stay updated!
As a first step, consider following these groups:
- Podcast Community to have real conversation and ask questions peer to peer
- the official group of Podcast Movement’s past, present and future attendees
- Podcasters’ Hangout was created to allow participation and collaboration between podcasters around the world
Keep in mind that these kind of groups are not for self-promotion purposes (it’s an unpopular practice!) but are there for sharing, staying updated, and being part of a community.
Twitter is definitely the best social network for podcasters. It’s where you can find every podcaster easily, although you won’t stay as quickly updated about the latest news. You have two ways to master Twitter’s ocean of information:
- Search for lists with Electoral. We recommend you follow our CEO Francesco Baschieri’s list of Podcasting Influencers
- Search for the keyword you want to be updated on (like “podcasting“), then select “Live” or “Top” according to what you want to search. Then save this research for the future.
4. Old but gold blogs
It is kind of hard to find great updated blogs about podcasting. We do follow and frequently read The Podcasters Studio, which is all about gear and tech tools, and features how-tos on recording, editing, publishing, and promoting your podcast. The Audacity to Podcast is another precious pearl, an award-winning podcast managed by Daniel J. Lewis offering what you need to know to learn about podcasting and, above all, to keep improving your podcast.
Do you have something to add to this post? Is there something missing? Did you find it useful? Let us know in the comments!