Is Your News Source?

5 03 2008

A new poll by Zogby (nice name!) suggests the Web, including podcasts, has become the preferred news source (over television, radio, newspapers) for almost half of all Americans.  Go figure.  Some interesting findings and conclusions:

  • Nearly half of respondents (48%) said their primary source of news and information is the Internet
  • 55% of those age 18 to 29 say they get most of their news and information online
  • Web sites are regarded as a more important source of news and information than traditional media outlets (radio, television, newspapers)
  • 86% of Americans said Web sites were an important source of news, with more than half (56%) who view these sites as very important

But who provides the news online?  Television and radio stations and newspapers still do, delivering their comprehensive news coverage to the Web.  If you’ve visited our news channel you know we have an abundance of podcasts from many of these big news outlets: New York Times, Associated Press, the BBC — as well as punditry and analysis from some smaller yet still respected local sources such as KPLU in Seattle and shows such as Between the Lines.  Podcasts are produced at numerous intervals: weekly, daily, even on the hour. And podcasting is the perfect medium for individuals to give do their own editorializing on daily events from their home studios.

Spend some time at our news channel and realize just how many news podcasts are out there.  It may change your daily routine, like it has ours.


The Other Side of the Law

29 02 2008

Podcasting: it’s for cops AND robbers! (OK, an inmate, not a robber — nothing wrong with being a little dramatic, eh?)  In our fictional journal called “You Won’t Believe Who’s Podcasting Now!”, we have another entry: it’s from the Dagupan City Jail in the Philippines, where a technically inclined inmate has started a blog and now a podcast about what he and his fellow inmates are doing to better themselves and their community.  The blog and podcast cover topics such as “rehabilitation of their facilities like the visitor’s waiting shed, cooperative store, guard house, basketball court, revival of their saloon, repair of their infirmary …” and other tidbits about how these inmates bide their time. Some of the podcast is in computer-generated English, but some is in Filipino — so you’ll just have to guess what it’s about (unless you have Filipino skills).  Regardless, kudos to inmate Bill who made this podcast happen for using his jailtime wisely (with podcasting)!

Browsing the Channels on

28 02 2008
channels nav
featured channels
popular channels

If you haven’t browsed them yet, a ‘channel‘ on is a collection of podcasts about a particular subject or from a particular producer.  We currently have three ways to browse our channels (shown, right):

  1. On our Channels page, which you can get to from the main navigation bar on the home page
  2. Under our Featured Channels section on the lower left of the home page
  3. In our Popular Channels folder, which you’ll see at the top of our podcast collection on the home page

Incidentally, we are updating the collection of podcasts you see on the home page.  In each folder within our collection, such as Games and Hobbies and Kids and Family, you will find ten podcasts instead of the five you could find before, and you can still link to each corresponding channel page ( for the Games and Hobbies folder, for the Kids and Family folder, and so on).

So here’s what we need you to answer — you can send feedback to info at — we’d really appreciate any comments you may have:

  • What do you like about our channel pages? What do you not like about them?
  • What do you think about the collection of podcasts on our home page?  Is it too big?  Too small?

Podcasts, Olympics, Censorship!

22 02 2008

The Guardian, the popular UK newspaper and website, is reporting how members of the 2008 Olympic games in China might be victims of Internet censorship by the Olympic committee. This is a story for us because it involves podcasting: athletes (or “persons accredited at the games”, which includes media and Olympic staff) won’t be able to take video or audio of their experiences while at Olympic competitions, and therefore can’t make audio or video podcasts.

Internet censorship in China has long been a sticky subject, with debate as to how the government regulates Internet usage of its citizens, but this decision has been made independently by the International Olympic Committee — therefore it only seems ironic that this issue is / will be based in China. We’re anticipating a lot of podcasts about the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and we were definitely hoping for any podcasts about action in the trenches, on the fields and by the racing tracks at the Games.

We now hope this issue brings light to Internet censorship, and to how audio and video taken by anyone is just as important (or moreso) as the ‘journalism’ a newspaper, radio station, or magazine would provide. The dictionary says journalism is “material of current interest or wide popular appeal”. Sounds like a podcast by someone at the Olympics would have wide popular appeal, wouldn’t it?

Feature: Black History Month

20 02 2008

featureWe’re trying something new here: a ‘feature’, which is a playlist of episodes from different podcasts about a certain subject. This feature for the month of February is about Black History Month, so we’ve collected different podcasts that celebrate the month, discuss the importance of black history, and talk about what it means today.  You can find this and other features at (Make sure you click on the ‘View All Episodes’ icon in the middle of the screen to see every episode we collected.) It’s easy: we collect the episodes, you subscribe to our playlist.

Hope you enjoy this feature, and send an email to info at if you have an episodes you’d like to add to this or any future features. ‘Future feature’ – almost like a ‘creature feature’, but not as scary (yeah, I know that’s not funny).

2007 Podcast Audience Almost 3x Bigger Than the Year Before

14 02 2008

18 million is a big number!An online marketing company named eMarketer just estimated that 18.5 million people listened to or watched podcasts last year, up from 6.5 million in 2006.  That’s quite a jump if you ask us.  Combine a growing podcast audience with the fact that more and more podcasts are being made and you have a global trend that expects an audience of 65 million people in 2012.  In early 2006 eMarketer predicted the worldwide podcast market would hit 25 million people in 2008, and it looks like we’re on our way.  You can do your part to help that trend by telling your friends and family about and how they too can enjoy podcasts for work and play.  Everybody’s doing it!

Free Podcasting Guide for Educators

14 02 2008

It’s called “PoducateMe: Practical Solutions for Podcasting in Education”, and it’s a free online guide (downloadable PDF costs less than $20) for schools interested in podcasting their classes for their students.  Here’s what you can learn in the 190-page illustrated guide:

  • What is a podcast?
  • Selecting appropriate podcasting equipment and software
  • Recording, editing and polishing a podcast
  • Creating an “enhanced” podcast containing links and graphics
  • Uploading a podcast to the Internet
  • Creating a podcast blog
  • Sharing podcasts with students

Find it at the PoducateMe website.