Around the Wire: Lessons from Rolling Stone, Podcasts’ Sudden Popularity, More Media News

Welcome to Around the Wire, PR Newswire’s round up of journalism, blogging and freelancing stories from the week.

Photo by notfrancois; used under CC BY 2.0

Photo by notfrancois; used under CC BY 2.0

What the hell is it about podcasts all of a sudden? (big think)

Podcasts are in right now.  Just ask Sarah Koenig, host of the popular investigative journalism podcast Serial. According to a CBS News report, Serial’s season one episodes have been downloaded more than 68 million times.

However, Serial isn’t the only podcast garnering success these days. Many media companies are attempting to produce their own podcasts, leading some to call this “The Golden Age of Podcasting.” Why are they suddenly so popular, nearly 100 years after the ‘old-time radio’ days?

The pseudonym as a crutch: A big lesson from the Rolling Stone scandal (Poynter)

Here’s an interesting take regarding Rolling Stone’s retracted “A Rape on Campus” article: Pseudonyms and fictitious names used to protect a source may lead to more fiction within a story.

Referencing this week’s report from The Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark addresses how pseudonyms, like the ones used for individuals in the Rolling Stone piece, should be “inherently undesirable” in journalistic reporting. Reporters should avoid them whenever possible, says Clark, and Rolling Stone itself should ban its use in order to uphold its journalistic integrity.

Q&A with Samir Husni: ‘News doesn’t belong on paper anymore’ (World Editors Forum)

Professor Samir Husni of the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and News Media is better known in some circles as Mr. Magazine. In an interview with the World Editors Forum, the founder and director of the university’s Magazine Innovation Center provides observations on the print and digital realms of journalism, how the two currently intersect, and his vision of the magazine industry in 2020.

Executive Editor Martin Baron on journalism’s transition from print to digital (Washington Post)

Martin Baron, executive editor with the Washington Post, addressed the University of California this week about the direction journalism is heading.  “Journalism’s Big Move: What to Discard, Keep, and Acquire in Moving from Print to Web” covers the major transformation journalism is undergoing, how to get comfortable with it, and technology’s continued role in getting the truth out to the public.

Media Moves for the Week of April 6 (PR Newswire’s Media Moves)

Media Moves keeps you up to date with who went where in the world of media. This week, Bloomberg News makes a promotion, Politico adds two reporters, and NPR has a new lead editor.

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Stephanie de Ruiter is an audience researcher with PR Newswire keeping up with media moves throughout the nation with a focus on blogs and online publications.

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  1. August 7, 2015

    […] previously mentioned, the podcast is currently in the midst of its heyday. Featured here are 5 news organizations, […]

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