From the political to the personal: Constructing politicians’ biographies in the Nick Robinson podcast ‘Political Thinking’

Political podcasts have captured a global audience and emerged as an important inno- vation space in journalism. One of the most popular formats is the ‘extended interview podcast’. This study employs conversation analysis to examine how this format has been used to facilitate more personal and informal encounters between journalists and pol- iticians who are usually associated with the accountability news interview. BBC Radio 4’s podcast ‘Political Thinking with Nick Robinson’ is used as a case study.

Putting Forward Sustainability as a Model for Journalism Education and Training

African journalism practice presents unique opportunities and challenges that require journalists to be equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge, and values to engage in sustainable journalism. In the context of this submission, the present study investigates the current state of sustainable journalism in Africa. We examined data based on a syllabi analysis of journalism programs in Kenya, South Africa and Ghana to appraise what role sustainable journalism education and training could play in Africa.

Balancing Intimacy and Trust: Opportunities and Risks in Audio JournalismEdited by Mia Lindgren

The “Media and Communication” journal has announced a call for articles for its upcoming issue titled “Balancing Intimacy and Trust: Opportunities and Risks in Audio Journalism”. The issue will broadly explore the rapidly changing forms of audio journalism, including the rise of podcasting. Deadlines for abstract and article submissions are 1-15 March 2024, and 15-31 July 2024, respectively.

Calling for ‘Podo-gogy’: why podcasting needs to be a part of journalism education in India

Sneha Gore Mehendale’s research argues for the inclusion of podcasting in Indian journalism curricula. Through 24 interviews with podcasting journalists and educators, she identified a gap in training, despite the growing prominence of news podcasting in India. The study emphasizes that incorporating podcasting into academic programs will enhance the profession’s relevancy and align with the evolving norms of journalism.

How radio influences indigenous language podcasts in South Africa: A case study of Epokothweni and iLukuluku

The rise of indigenous language podcasts, like Epokothweni and iLukuluku, is changing the media game for black South Africans. These platforms tap into the country’s rich radio history, allowing historically marginalized communities to share stories and engage with socio-economic and scientific topics in a sector typically dominated by English-language media.

Infotainers, Mediators, or Watchdogs? Mapping the Field of News Podcasters and Their Role Conceptions in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

News podcasters, predominantly male, middle-aged, and academically educated without journalistic experience, shape mass media discourse, a study across Austria, Germany, and Switzerland reveals. They emphasize education, information, and entertainment, aligning closely with their audiences’ preferences. Meanwhile, monetization strategies remain underutilized. This research illuminates news podcasters’ unique roles and values in the evolving media landscape.