Engadget: The best audio editing software for beginning podcasters. “For this review, we’ve focused on software intended for audio recording and mixing: the process of capturing sound from a microphone or other device plugged into an audio interface, and then processing it digitally. Since podcasters are typically looking to record voices and natural environments to support their storytelling, this is the type of software best suited to that process. This is also the workflow you’d use when recording musicians live, and many of the apps we looked at are well-suited to this type of recording, too.”
Nieman Journalism Lab: Anchor too? With a second big acquisition, Spotify shows it’s serious about podcasts — as both producer and platform. “Told you Spotify wasn’t done shopping. This morning, the Swedish streaming company announced that it has closed its acquisition of Gimlet Media and that it had also acquired another podcast company: Anchor, the podcast hosting-and-monetization platform founded by Michael Mignano and Nir Zicherman. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.”
New York Times: A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Into Podcasts. “As a content-obsessed millennial, I have made podcasts part of my daily routine for years. I listen while commuting, cooking, running errands, putting away laundry, washing dishes or during any relatively mindless activity that can be done while wearing wireless headphones. My bond with podcasts is so cemented that it comes as a shock when someone I meet at a party — or someone in my family, or a friend I thought I knew — tells me that they, in the year 2019, do not listen to podcasts. And never have. And don’t really get what it’s all about. And, worse, don’t quite know how to start.”
Glitch: Fn 11: Social Media, 20 Years Ago. “Anil [Dash] sits down with some of the pioneers of the social web — Bruce Ableson (founder of Open Diary), Lisa Phillips (former senior system administrator at LiveJournal), and Andrew Smales (founder of Diaryland) — for an oral history about social media 20 years ago. What was the Web like in 1999? How did these websites begin, and what did the media think about them? How have the features of these networks influenced the Web that we know today, and can we get that old feeling back of the early social web?” Podcast with transcript.
TechCrunch: Anchor says it’s ‘powering’ 40 percent of new podcasts . “Podcasting’s greatest asset has always been its accessibility — for consumer and creator alike. But even the simplest medium requires a little know-how, and Anchor’s overarching goal has long been to further lower the barrier of entry for those looking to take the leap.”
Lifehacker: See What Podcasts People Are Listening to Right Now. “Listen Notes, Lifehacker’s favorite podcast search engine, has a new real-time feed that shows you what podcasts its users are currently listening to. These people are streaming the podcasts on the site, not in their usual player, so this won’t tell you the most popular podcasts overall. In fact, while you’ll see a lot of popular shows, you’ll also discover stuff that would never show up on Google or Apple’s top charts.”
Poynter: We’re launching a podcast about fact-checking and misinformation. “Who is fact-checking for? How can reporters avoid amplifying bogus claims? And is fact-checking even the best way to fight online fakery? These are some of the biggest questions facing the ongoing battle against misinformation. And starting today, we’re tackling them in audio form.”