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Top 10 Podcasts for Journalists in 2016

Friday, September 15th, 2017

It’s no secret that the podcasting world has seen quite the renaissance in 2015. It has never been easier to download your favourite podcast to take with you anywhere on your smart phone or tablet. Podcasts are an indispensable journalism resource and will become increasingly so in 2016. The modern journalist simply must keep abreast of the gadgets, software and trends shaping the industry today. The good news is that podcasts make this easier to do than ever-before! Here are ten amazing shows to wrap your ears around in 2016:

10. Content Warfare

Ryan Hanley presents ‘Content Warfare’, this serialized podcast features some of the world’s most prolific creators of online content. Popular topics include content creation and marketing, audience building and social media. This is a good one for anyone working in the digital media space who is keen to keep abreast of the latest trends and tools available out there.

9. @Sree show

Technology journalist Sree Sreenivasan was named Fast Magazine’s most creative person of 2015 for a reason, his podcast @Sreeshow is full of great hands-on advice for the digital journalist. Sree is prolific in the industry and taught at Columbia Journalism School for over 20 years before becoming Chief Digital Officer at the Met Museum of Art in New York City. He gives great advice everything from making the most of social media, photography and design, to tips on the latest mobile technologies. Worth a listen.

8. The High-Income Business Writing Podcast

Ed Gandia is a B2B writer who presents a show which looks at the nitty-gritty of what it takes to succeed in copywriting or business writing. This twice-monthly show is very much aimed at those working in the (freelance) business writing space. Gandia uses real-life case studies to demonstrate the best ways to find better clients, prepare content, or streamline your business as a freelancer (and much more). This is an entertaining and very hands-on podcast and is one to follow in 2016.

7. On The Media

This weekly hour-long radio show/podcast seeks to explore “how the media sausage is made”, as it “lifts the veil on the process of making-media”. And, it does. Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield take us behind the world’s headlines as they skeptically entertain us by revealing how the biggest stories are put together – whilst uncovering the not-so-obvious political narratives in everything we consume in the media. This is an eye-opener and should be required listening.

6. The Freelance Game

Veteran freelancers Andrew Hayward and Nathan Meunier co-host “The Freelance Game” podcast which covers the industry generally (with expertise in video gaming journalism). This very entertaining podcast specializes in dispensing advice on all areas of a freelance writer’s life. If you need advice on pitching to editors, interview strategies or diversifying your income as a freelancer then you need to check this out.

5. The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

The Media Podcast is recorded in London’s Covent Garden and is brought to us by Olly Mann (writer, gadget correspondent, LBC Radio presenter and occasional TV news commentator). Our affable presenter is our guide to all-things broadcast, print and digital media-industry related. The show frequently features leading UK-based journalists and should be required listening for anyone interested in the inner-workings of the British media.

4. How to Cover Money

The How To Cover Money podcast is a weekly podcast bought to us by Arizona State University’s Reynolds National Center For Business Journalism. Hosts Micheline Maynard and Mark Remillard offer advice on how to make money from stories (even if you aren’t a business journalist). This is a serialized podcast which comes from a business journalism perspective (but provides help for all journalists by offering useful strategies for covering and making money from stories more generally). A very good reference for anyone interested in business or financial journalism.

3. Journalism.co.UK

This is one of Britain’s leading media-related podcasts for a reason. Listeners are invited to take a look at the latest trends in digital journalism. The show often features industry experts who give an insight into how British newsrooms are handling these changes. Topics covered include everything from how to get into specific areas of journalism such as technology or broadcast, to tips for student journalists. The web-site (journalism.co.UK) is also worth a look and can be a great place to find media jobs.

2. The Media Show (BBC Radio 4)

Guardian columnist Steve Hewlett presents BBC Radio 4′s own ‘The Media Show’, a podcast which features discussions into areas such as censorship, business, ethics as well as general analysis of the fast-changing media world. Expect new episodes every Wednesday. This one is well-funded, well-produced and ensures influential guests on a regular basis. Recent guests include the Chief exec of Trinity Mirror, the owner of The Huffington Post, and the CEO of Virgin Media.

1. The Longform Podcast

Our number one podcast to follow in 2016 goes to The Longform Podcast. Each week hosts Max Linsky, Aaron Lammer and Evan Ratliff (CEO of media software company Atavist) invite a renowned journalist or editor to take us behind the scenes of a news story (whilst providing a master-class in journalism). If you want to get to know the people reporting the stories, or if you’re interested in how the world’s best staff writers or freelancers got started, then you need to listen to this podcast. Recent guests include a Pulitzer Prize winner, war-correspondents, and senior writers for the world’s leading publications. Longform deserves five-stars and wins the award for number-one podcast to follow in 2016.

The Art of Networking

Friday, September 15th, 2017

According to a study in The New York Times, being in a room full of strangers is the number one social fear, even above the number two fear – speaking in public. Being able to talk to people comfortably is highly correlated with success and affluence. And in today’s job market, networking is essential because sixty-five to ninety-five percent of job openings are not advertised. They are found through networking.

What I’ve learned about networking is that if you’re prepared, you won’t be scared. These tips can help you get started:

Do your homework. The first step I take is to research the event I will be attending. Learn about the organization that is hosting the event and the key players who will be attending. You can do this by reading the organization’s newsletters, visiting their Web site and/or asking who will attend.

Set goals. Do you want to meet a certain person? Meet as many people as possible? Determine, ahead of time, what you want to accomplish.

Prepare a brief self-introduction. Aim to make a lasting impression. When making your self-introduction, you will capture your listener’s attention if you do the following:

  • Headline something specific about your work up front, leaving your name at the end so people hear it last
  • Use a story, example or tip to illustrate your work
  • Isolate one or two unique skills or services that you offer

Ask powerful questions. Ask others questions to invite conversation. Powerful questions are open-ended and make people go inward and answer from their gut or heart. Here are some questions I have asked.

  • I am sure you get invitations to lots of events. What made you decide to come to this one?
  • What do you know about… ? Oh, you don’t know? Let me teach you something about…
  • How has… impacted your life?
  • What business challenges are you wrestling with now?
  • What do you think about… ?

Be open. Be open to new ideas, opportunities and people.

Circulate. Talk with as many people as you can at a networking function. One way to feel comfortable doing this is to think of yourself as the host. Mingle. Introduce people to one another. Offer to get someone a drink.

Give just to give. In his book, How to Be a Star at Work, Robert Kelley writes, “Networking is the way work gets done. That’s why stars turn to others to get help. They use networks to multiply their productivity.” According to Kelley, stars understand the economics of networking. Average performers look at networking as if it were a right: They call someone they don’t know and simply demand help. Stars realize that networking is a barter system. If you expect people to trade with you, you have to establish that you have something worth trading. You have to have expertise that people need but don’t already have. You also have to be patient: Be prepared to help out a lot of people before you ask anyone for help in return. Start with a negative trade balance; it takes time to build up credits

Treat everyone as equals. There is no real value in title or prestige alone. Value is in the information and support people can give, and that often comes from surprising sources.

Be courteous. Listen to others when they speak. Don’t monopolize the conversation. Get to the point quickly.

Fall in love with people. Give a “I’m sincerely pleased to meet you and I mean it”‘ hand shake with solid eye contact and genuine interest. This is the handshake I strive to master. It requires you to be totally present and pay attention to the other person. Isn’t this what shaking hands should be about?

Ask for referrals. Contrary to what you might think, the best time to get referrals is during the “honeymoon” stage of a relationship, when you are getting to know and like each other. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until you have “proven” yourself to ask for referrals.

Say thank-you. Thank the people who have helped you.

Follow through. Follow through on your commitments, both to yourself and others. A good referral or piece of advice only becomes activated into help when you follow it up.

Keep good records. Take full and accurate notes. Otherwise, you will never remember what you’ve committed to do. Keep lists, schedules, and cross-referenced files. Write reminder notes about people you’ve met on the back of their business cards.

Networking is an art, and like any artist, you need to constantly practice, refine and critique your work. Networking makes a huge contribution to your life and career, and it’s a skill you can acquire.