Mainstream media’s podcasting successes are no threat to the independent podcaster

Invisibilia's hosts, Alix Spiegel and Lulu MillerI am thoroughly hooked on Invisibilia.

One of the new crop of podcasts from National Public Radio (NPR), Invisibilia delves into the hidden forces that influence our lives. I listened to the first episode based on a recommendation in a blog post listing worthwhile podcasts. By the end of the episode, I was moved to tears. I had to pull my car over; driving and crying isn’t safe.

Since then, I have been binge-listening. Invisibilia was broadcast weekly with podcast episodes made available after the broadcast, but the first season wrapped up in February, well before I started listening, so I was able to grab them all at once. The show… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #806: May 4, 2015

FIRIntro: Neville is in Boston, Gini Dietrich is guest co-host; Steve Rubel is hosting a new podcast, Content Convergence; Geeks Bearing Gifts book review coming this week;

Quick News: Converse knows how to work with fans, bad tweets from the Houston Rockets and the City of Cleveland prompt different apologies, Johns Hopkins University students will no longer eat chicken, a change to Promoted Tweets gives more ammunition to native advertising’s critics; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop;

News That Fits: Bud Light promotes misogyny, Virtual Reality is coming to journalism, listener comments discussion, Walmart laid off… Read More »

Friday Wrap #151: No more Secret, Twitter’s bad decision, Periscope updates, VR journalism, and more

Friday Wrap #151
Flickr photo courtesy of Juhan Sonin.

The Friday Wrap is a review of news, posts, reports, and other items appearing in the last week that will help you stay on top of the forces shaping communication in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment. These are stories that may have been lost in the flood of headline news stories. I collect all of the items from which I choose the Wrap stories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

That’s it for Secret—Secret got a lot of buzz, but its lifespan didn’t measure up. After only about a year, the app is shutting down. Secret allowed people to share information anonymously,… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #805: April 27, 2015

FIRIntro: Neville will be away in Boston next week, Gini Dietrich will guest co-host next week’s episode; FIR Book Review coming from Shel on Jeff Jarvis’s “Geeks Bearing Gifts”;

Quick News: The fewer likes your Facebook page has the better its organic reach, NHL bans media from using Periscope and Meerkat, explosion of mobile messaging apps continues, Twitter sells sports tickets in tweets; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop;

News That Fits: Twitter begins to embrace its role as a destination for people who will never be active tweeters; Dan York’s Tech Report; the sudden interest in mobile video streaming apps; listener… Read More »

Friday Wrap #150: Gaming Wikipedia, BuzzFeed ethics, FM’s fade, greenwashing, news by GIF

Friday Wrap 150
Pixabay photo courtesy of FraukeFeind

The Friday Wrap is a review of news, posts, reports, and other items appearing in the last week that will help you stay on top of the forces shaping communication in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment. These are stories that may have been lost in the flood of headline news stories. I collect all of the items from which I choose the Wrap stories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Another object lesson on gaming Wikipedia—Grant Sharps is the chairman of the conservative (or Tory) party in the UK. He’s also been blocked from Wikipedia after the only encyclopedia’s… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #804: April 20, 2015

FIRReminder: Neville away for May 4 episode, Gini Dietrich will guest host with Shel;

Quick News: 40 organizations lead the world in employee engagement says Gallup, US federal government workers get social media guidelines, to speak Millennial use email, holograms protest gag law in Spain; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop;

News That Fits: Some podcasting updates including Podcast.com from Dave Winer, inside NPR’s podcast strategy, Spotify plans, and more; Michael Netzley’s Asia Report: China’s Great Firewall is now armed with a cannon; being a full-stack employee: a viable model?; listener comments in the FIR Podcast… Read More »

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