The New York Times Acquires Audm

The New York Times announced that it has acquired Audm. It is a subscription-based audio app that offers listeners the world’s best longform journalism, read aloud word-for-word by celebrated audiobook narrators.

Launched in 2016, by Ryan Wegner and Christian Brink, Audm transforms longform articles into audio. Adum users can listen to hours of new stories every week, from publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic and a host of other publishers.

Some of those other publishers include: WIRED, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, Buzzfeed News, ProPublica, Outside Magazine, London Review of Books, Texas Monthly, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and more.

Following the acquisition by The New York Times, Ryan Wagner, Audm’s director of spoken word audio production, and Christian Brink, the director of product for Adum, will join the Times Company. The rest of the team at Audm will also join the Times Company.

The Audm app is available to download on iOS and Android for free. Be aware that after your free trial ends, you will be charged. Payment will be handled through the iTunes account (for those who buy Audm on iOS.) Your subscription will be automatically renewed 24 hours before the end of each subscription period. It is unclear how much a subscription costs.

Adum isn’t a podcast, but it might feel a little bit like one, considering that it is audio-based. The way I see it, Audm provides an audio version of articles from a bunch of different news websites, some of which have a tendency to put their content behind a paywall. That alone might make it worth checking out, especially for people who prefer to listen to content than to read it.

Zencastr Lifts Limits for Hobbyist Podcasters

Zencastr will lift limits for hobbyist users in response to coronavirus. This decision will remain in effect through June of 2020. Zencastr posted a short blog post with some details users should know:

A week ago, none of us used the term “social distancing”, but this is our new reality for the time being.

We know many of you aren’t able to record your podcasts in person right now since you are self-quarantined. Or perhaps you’re using your downtime to get caught up on your upcoming podcast episodes.

We want to help. That’s why, starting immediately, there will be no limits on recording hours or participants for hobbyist users. We’ll keep this in effect through July 1, 2020.

We hope this brightens your days, and helps you continue to record and connect with others as much as possible even though you may be stuck indoors.

The blog post was written by Josh and the Zencastr Team. They ended it with: Stay safe, everyone.

Personally, I think this is a really nice thing for Zencastr to do. There are a lot of people who are staying at home right now, either due to directives from their city, county, or state government, or because their employer required them to work from home.

Being unable to go outside for a long span of time can make some people sad. Zencastr is offering podcasters the opportunity to spend their time recording podcasts without having to worry about recording hour limits. I think many podcasters will use the time they are stuck at home to create more podcast episodes.

Podcast Movement Shares its Plan for the Coronavirus

Podcast Movement has shared its plan for coronavirus in regards to the upcoming Podcast Movement 2020 in Dallas. This is information is being shared in order to help attendees, and the general community overall, understand what the situation means.

We understand there is significant concern about large gatherings such as conferences and trade shows, and with good reason. As the event approaches (still five months away), we are working closely with the venue, the City of Dallas, and our management team to monitor the situation and keep attendees abreast of the latest developments.

We have every reason to believe that we will be able to proceed with hosting PM20 in Dallas this August. We are eagerly planning for that. However, we also understand that no one can be certain of what is going to happen between now and August.

Podcast Movement provided possible outcomes:

As of now, the event will take place as planned. In the event this happens, anyone who is concerned about travel, or unable to travel, will have the option to participate virtually at no extra cost. This will not only include video records of all the sessions (post-event) but some level of streaming options as well.

If the event is postponed and rescheduled, registered attendees will be able to keep their ticket and use it at the rescheduled time, or will also have the option of applying their pass to a future event at 100% value.

If the event is canceled altogether, all pass purchases will be refunded in full.

Visit the Podcast Movement 2020 website for more information regarding Podcast Movement’s plan for PM20, as well as to keep up to date with any changes that may occur.

Libsyn Added Headliner Integration

Libsyn has added Headliner integration in Libsyn Platform 4.23. Lisbyn added Headliner integration after many users asked for it.

Headliner is an awesome web app that allows you to import your media into their system and generate nifty video clips that can include all kinds of features such as wave forms, text, colors, and even transcription. You can download the video to use as you wish, or have them send it off to places like Facebook for you.

This new integration will appear as a widget right on your dashboard so you’ll see it when you log in. Pick the episode you want to send and off to Headliner you go to finish out your clip!

Libsyn users need to be aware that Headliner currently only supports MP3 and M4A files.

There is a helpful FAQ for those who want to learn how to use Headliner. Here are a few key pieces of information from the FAQ:

Any plan at Libsyn, from their $5 plans on up, have full access to Headliner integration.

The free account offers up to 10 video clips created each month. After 10 clips, additional clips will be watermarked with a Headliner watermark. Transcription is included. Social media distribution is included. Videos exported up to 1080p resolution.

The Headliner Pro account runs $12.95 per month and is billed through Headliner (not through your Libsyn account). This gives you everything available in the free account, removing the 10 video clip limit and adding the ability to use your own custom watermarks. It also gives you access to stock images and video, reusable templates, intros and outros, custom font support and priority customer service.

There are higher tiered accounts available as well, depending on you needs, but to reiterate, the Libsyn integration will work with any Libsyn plan level and any Headliner plan level.

Blubbry Highlighted Women Podcasters in March

Blubrry highlighted multiple womxn podcasters in March, which is when Women’s History Month takes place. They asked people to nominate their favorite women podcasters and received over 4,800 nominations in 18 days. From this unexpectedly large batch of nominations, Blubrry selected an overall winner and a list of the top ten.

Podcasting has significantly grown in recent years and so has the number of women content creators. To ensure this number continues to grow and that women feel empowered and appreciated, we held this contest, which offered free hosting, Blubrry swag, an interview and being featured on our blog.

The overall winner is Alie Ward, for her show Ologies with Alie Ward. She interviews experts in a variety of fields that all specialize in some type of ology. Her “stupid questions” (as she calls them) with these professionals prompt loads of entertaining answers on a range of topics – skeletons, ice-quakes, bleach, ants, noses and much more.

Here are the Top 10 (in no particular order):

The Webby Awards will be an Online Event

The Webby Awards announced hat The Webby Awards Live Event has moved to an online celebration. The Nominee and Winner Announcement will be rescheduled, and dates will be announced soon.

It is with a heavy heart that we share this news with you: given the impact of COVID-19, our concern for the health and well-being of our community, plus measures public officials are taking, we are moving the 24th Annual Webby Awards event, scheduled for May 11th in New York City to an online celebration.

The 24th Annual Webby Awards Nominees will be announced in the coming weeks with the launch of The Webby People’s Voice public voting. They will release a new announcement schedule “in the days ahead”.

Their plan is to announce the Winners with an internet celebration that will honor the year’s best work, giving the Winners their chance to mark their win in history with a hallmark Webby 5-Word Speech. The celebration will engage their community all over the world and will aim to be as inspiring as the Winners themselves.

The decision to move from an in-person event to an internet celebration is something that a lot of big events are moving towards. It is a good choice, as it can be difficult to enforce social distancing in an space that could be crowded with excited attendees. I cannot help but wonder if virtual events, done online with viewers safely watching and participating at home, will become the new normal.

Outlier Podfest Festival Columbus has been Canceled

Ever Gonzalez, founder of OutlierHQ, a media and news company, posted on Medium that Outlier Podcast Festival Columbus has been cancelled. This decision was made as a precaution for the wellbeing of their podcast community.

We’re closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation as well as the updates issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). OutlierHQ is taking preventative measures to ensure the safety of our attendees.

There is no indication that Outlier Podcast Festival Columbus will be postponed to a later date. OutlierHQ celebrates indie podcasters all year and plan to meet again soon at future festivals. Anyone who has already purchased a ticket for the Columbus event will receive a full refund.

The good news is that OutlierHQ is creating a virtual podcast summit that can be accessed from home. It includes keynotes, panels, and workshops from some of today’s top podcasting experts. It will be OutlierHQ’s first ever virtual podcast summit.

Those who attend the virtual conference, from the comfort of their own home, will be able to participate. They will have the opportunity to question the experts during panel discussions, listen in during live podcasts, and join the conversation with other media disrupters.

Radiodays Europe Announced New Dates

Radiodays Europe decided to postpone the conference due to increasing health risks in many countries associated with COVID-19. An announcement about this change was made on March 9, 2020. At the time, Radiodays Europe stated that the new dates would be released at a later date.

On March 18, 2020, Radiodays Europe announced what the new dates would be for the Radiodays Europe conference that was to be held in Libson.

Radiodays has announced today new dates for the Libson 2020 conference which will now be held on 13-15 December 2020. The event is postponed until late in the year because of Coronavirus COVID-19. All tickets purchased for Radiodays Europe 2020 in March are valid for the new dates in December. The location for the conference remains the same, the Centro de Congresses de Libson (CCL) in Portugal. We thank you for your continued support of our hosts and partners.

Radiodays Europe starred in 2010 as a response to the European industry, public and private, to come together to discuss the new media challenges, across borders. It has since grown to become the most important annual conference for radio professionals with over 1,500 participants from 62 countries. It is the meeting point for the European radio industry, and a destination for radio people from around the world.

With that said, it is easy to see why the people who had purchased tickets to attend Radiodays Europe 2020 would be happy to learn that the conference will still happen. Hopefully, the risk from the coronavirus will not be something people have to worry about anymore in December of this year.

Blubrry has Coronavirus PSAs for Podcasters!

Blubrry has public service announcements (PSAs) about coronavirus that are being made available to Blubrry podcasters. To obtain them, you must claim your podcast on Blubrry.

In the wake of COVID-19 / coronavirus, we want to help podcasters share accurate information. So, we’ve recorded four public service announcements for podcasters to add to their shows. If you’d like to use any of these PSAs, join our COVID-19 / Coronavirus campaign.

The benefits of running this through our ad system is that you can keep track of which episodes you include in the PSA, statistical info on those episodes – and we can send this info to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC).

Blubrry podcasters who have already claimed their show on Blubrry can follow a short list of instructions that will make it possible to access the coronavirus PSAs.

If you have not claimed your podcast on Blubrry already, claim your podcast in Blubrry’s directory. Search for your show. On the right-hand side, you’ll see Claim Your Podcast. Then, proceed to the Make Money section in the dashboard or click the link above.

While it is not required, Blubrry would love it if everyone reported their statistical data for the coronavirus PSA campaign. This way, Blubrry can keep track of how many people utilized these PSA in some way.

Most importantly, Blubrry hopes that everyone is staying safe, keeping their distance, and being kind to one another in these stressful times.