There are Google Play Music, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Panoply, Gimlet Media, TuneIn, and Amazon’s Audible. Each offers its own podcast libraries. Here is a list of ten podcasts that provide you with on-the-go tips and inspiration to create better content and better media.
To know the media landscape
As authors say, “Our weekly podcast explores how the media ‘sausage’ is made”. The show concentrates on the news media, and is a fair conversation about how the media is made and should be made. A must listen.
To learn how to write and produce better stories.
This weekly podcast is produced by longform.org and is sponsored by the Writing program at the University of Pittsburgh. It features conversations with non-fiction writers about how they got into the profession, the secrets of creating the best content, every-day-problems reporters and editors run into, and bigger issues such as freedom of speech, diversity, reporting from war zones, and others. It is an encyclopedia of life as a media professional.
To explore all things digital (that includes media).
Hosted by Kara Swisher, a prominent journalist, who interviews people from the tech world, media, politics and more. This podcast is among the finalists for the 2016 WEBBY awards, and rightly so. Episodes usually last less than an hour, but being an exceptionally talented interviewer, Swisher manages to pack a lot of conversation and information into each episode.
To get ready for the week in under 15 minutes.
From the Editorial team of The Economist, they look at the most important events of the upcoming week, and give analysis of what these events may bring.
To know how American political elites think.
This weekly podcast is produced by the editorial team of Foreign Policy Magazine, and hosted by FP’s CEO and Editor David Rothkopf. Each week a panel of editors and the magazine’s contributors discuss one big issue. The podcast largely focuses on the role of the United States in global affairs and provides an excellent analysis of political events and actions of the elites from the financial, governmental and business worlds.
6. HBR IdeaCast
To hire better staff and manage your company better.
This weekly podcast made by the HBR team features the leading thinkers in business and management. Each episode is 10 to 20 minutes long. The conversations revolve around stories published in Harvard Business Review, as well as big issues that any company can relate to.
To market your products better.
This weekly hour-long show is produced by Content Marketing Institute and hosted by CMI’s Founder, Joe Pulizzi and Chief Content Strategist, Robert Rose who talk about the biggest news in the marketing world, discuss three or four stories from the content marketing scene, and offer best examples from past and current campaigns.
To rock your social media strategy.
Gary Vaynerchuk is a New York Times best-selling author, investor, social media expert and founder of VaynerMedia. Users ask questions on Twitter with hashtag AskGaryVee, and he answers them. Each episode has lots of practical advice on marketing, entrepreneurship and how to leverage social media platforms. Even though the show mainly targets small business owners, media professionals will find it useful too.
To be the best interviewer.
Tim Ferris is the best selling author of “The Four-Hour Workweek. Some episodes last as long as four hours, and some are as quick as 20 minutes. Guests include entrepreneurs, scientists, pro-athletes, and actors. In each episode you will find plenty of tips on productivity, creativity, heathy living, smart travel, and workouts. One four-hour episode, a conversation with Cal Fussman, is particularly useful, not only because Tim Ferris is a talented interviewer, but also because Cal Fussman himself is one of the best interviewers in the world.
To know what Americans cares about.
Joe Rogan’s show is consistently among top-20 podcasts on Apple’s iTunes Store, and his website claims that the podcast sees more than 11 million monthly downloads. It is produced by Joe Rogan, a popular stand up comedian and UFC’s commentator. His guests include pro athletes, mixed martial artists, musicians, actors, writers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and restaurateurs. Conversations cover everything, starting from the current social and political events, to the latest scientific research and restaurant openings. Joe has an army of dedicated listeners and fans, and it seems like his audience is overwhelmingly male and lives outside of big cities. In short: if you want to know what America talks about, you better check The Joe Rogan Experience regularly.
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