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.
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.
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.
Podcasting’s documented capacity for listener engagement makes it a pertinent medium to study another global public health threat – superbugs – through the lens of constructive journalism. Both constructive journalism and podcasting feature lived experiences of sources, in constructive journalism focused on empowering audiences to act.