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The Week in Podcasting News: Podcasts Nominated for Webbys, and more

Podcast Survivor

There’s good news for anyone who hasn’t yet heard the BBC’s radio documentary, Podcasting – The First Ten Years. Both parts are both now available for on-demand listening for the next year. The countdown timer threatening only a week of availability that I wrote about last week is gone. Curiously, however, the documentary is not itself available for downloading as a podcast.

Part 2 first broadcast last Friday. It starts with the relationship between podcasters and their audience, leading to how podcasters make money, from crowd funding to advertising.

Here’s the rest of this week’s podcasting news:

Podcasts Nominated for Webbys

The Internet’s very own award show, The Webbys, turns 18 this year. There’s no single podcast category, but there are podcasts and podcast apps nominated for awards in two categories.

In the Mobile & Apps: Podcasts category, nominees are Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud for Android, Stuff Your Should Know, PRX Remix and TED. For what it’s worth, amongst these five Stuff You Should Know and TED really aren’t apps so much as podcasts. However, I guess by definition podcasts count as mobile. Though lumping apps and podcasts together in a single category seems a bit disjunctive to me.

Podcasts nominees sit beside web radio stations in the Web: Radio & Podcasts category. Slate’s Gabfest podcasts and the New Yorker Magazine’s podcasts are nominated along side the BBC’s Playlister web app, NPR’s new responsive website and Monocle 24 streaming radio, from Monocle Magazine.

These nominees are up for the regular, juried Webbys as well as the People’s Voice awards. Voting for the People’s Voice is open until April 24. The awards show will be hosted by comedian and actor Patton Oswalt on May 20.

Macworld Covers How To Get Started in Podcasting

One of the reasons I’m such a podcast fan is that it is an accessible medium for creators, as well as listeners. There are plenty of resources online for folks who want to launch their own shows. But I do want to highlight a recent article series at Macworld that boils down both the organizational and technical how-to, with experienced podcasters weighing in with advice on topics like planning, recording your audio and distributing your show.

It’s not quite a step-by-step guide, so much as an informative overview that clearly lays out a number of different options to get you started and figure out the next steps to your podcast.


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