Listener Nominations for the 13th Annual Podcast Awards is Open

The Podcast Awards is an international event open to all podcasts in all countries regardless of language. The 13th Annual Podcast Awards Listener Nominations period is now open.

The Listener Nominations period will remain open until July 31, 2018. You can sign up now to nominate your favorite podcasts by filling out a form on the Podcast Awards website. Email verification is required. There is a separate login for people who already have an existing account.

The nomination page will remain online until July 31, 2018. You can start filling it out, and then come back to it later and finish your favorite show nominations.

Show registration will also remain open until July 31, 2018. Podcasters must be registered in order to be nominated. There is a registration fee of $10 per show. The purpose of the registration fee is to make Podcast Awards self-sustaining.

The official timeline for 2018 is:

  • Podcaster Registration Period: ends on July 31, 2018
  • Listener Nomination Period: ends on July 31, 2018
  • Slate Announcement: August 11, 2018
  • Slate Voting: August 12 – September 15, 2018
  • Awards Ceremony: September 30, 2018.

Gaslit Nation is a Podcast from DAME

DAME has launched its very first podcast: Gaslit Nation. It is a bi-monthly news podcast that slows down and explains the chaotic news cycle. You can subscribe on the DAME website. Gaslit Nation is also available on Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play.

With a focus on the intersection of foreign and domestic affairs, including foreign policy, election security, technology, economic development and innovation, education, sustainability and resiliency, public safety and justice, opportunity and equality, Gaslit Nation goes beyond the outrage headlines and hot takes, delving deeper into analysis, history, and context.

Gaslit Nation is hosted by Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior. Andrea Chalupa is a journalist and the author of: Orwell and The Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm. She has written for TIME, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and Forbes.

Sarah Kendzior is best known for her reporting on St. Louis, her coverage of the 2016 election, and her academic research on authoritarian states. She is the author of The View from Flyover Country, a regular commentator on MSNBC, and an op-ed columnist for The Globe and Mail.

This season of Gaslit Nation will explore the domestic conditions that gave rise to Trump’s presidency. The hosts will discuss the crisis of income equality that has created distrust of public officials and the media, the decline of voting rights and election security, the epidemic of fake news and far-right propaganda coming out of Russia and the U.S., and much more.

Rhapsochord is a Tool for Ad Management

The Washington Post’s Research, Experiment and Development (RED) team has released Rhapsochord. It is a software system that uses automation to monitor and dynamically insert ads into an entire category of podcasts, past and present.

The Rhapsochord technology ensures that a listener will hear the most updated ad no matter how they enter the podcast.

Rhapsochord separates the handling of advertising allowing journalists to focus on content, making production time faster. It manages a database of ads, and uses automation technology to find ads that best match the podcast by show, content, date, and ad type.

The ads are stitched into the podcast for pre-roll, mid-roll, or post roll placement. The Washington Post can then continue to distribute podcasts to listeners on whatever platform they prefer.

The very first podcast to be processed by Rhapsochord is The Daily 202’s Big Idea by The Washington Post. It is hosted by Washington Post correspondent James Hohmann, who provides an analysis of the biggest political stories of the day. Rhapsochord will eventually spread to other podcasts, after being tested out on The Daily 202’s Big Idea.

Ad Exchanger reported that advertisers who want to place their ads on podcast can still buy ads directly through salespeople. It also reported that the Rhapsochord’s technology complies with IAB standards for counting downloads of podcasts.

BBC Introduces First Version of BBC Sounds App

BBC has been discussing how to reinvent the BBC for a new generation. They announced the release of BBC Sounds. It is their first version of a brand new audio app from the BBC.

The BBC Sounds app is available to download from Apple, Google, and Amazon app stores. The app brings together the BBC’s live and on demand radio, music, and podcasts into a single personalized app.

BBC Sounds will provide every user with a unique experience because it is designed to learn from an individual user’s listening habits. It will provide one-tap access to the latest episodes of your favorite BBC podcasts and radio shows.

The app with introduce you to new audio you wouldn’t have otherwise discovered from the 80,000 hours of BBC audio.

What You Can Do With BBC Sounds:

  • Scroll the dial and listen to any of the BBC’s 18 national stations (and online-only station CBeebies Radio) or tap All Stations to listen to any of the BBC’s 40 local stations
  • Pick up where you left off with “Continue Listening” which surfaces part-listened podcasts and radio shows and next episodes for you
  • Enjoy hand picked collections of podcasts and on demand music shows to match your mood
  • Discover new audio via the “Recommended For You” section
  • Browse by category: from Crime to Science & Technology, from Classical to Hip Hop
  • Add any individual episode or clip to “My List” to listen to later
  • Subscribe to any podcast or program and get a personalized feed of the latest episodes in “My Sounds”

Pitch Your Idea to Audible at Podcast Movement 2018

People who attend Podcast Movement 2018, which will take place in Philadelphia on July 23-26, will have a very special opportunity. Attendees will be able to pitch their idea to Audible, who will be accepting submissions from Podcast Movement participants.

Audible is primarily looking for narrative audio with a strong sense of story and a comedic bent. They’re not looking for comedians in a room talking to one another. The pitch should have direction and structure, clearly embrace an audio-first / audio-only experience, and they’re looking to hear about a full and funny world.

Audible is also open to other genres, sketch, one-person shows, personal memoirs, and listening experiences that break new ground in audio entertainment.

To submit and idea, you need:

  • 1-2 page pitch treatment
  • Resume/bio for any attached talent
  • Optional: link to audio sample of proposed series, audio sample of past work and/or sample scripts or related writing.

Submissions must be received by July 13, 2018. A Short List will be selected by July 20, and participants will be invited to pitch their idea to audible executives live at Podacast Movement on July 25, 2018.

As always, it would be a good idea to take a look at the Submission Agreement for full details. It includes, among many other important details, information about what rights submitters give to audible over the content they submitted.

30 for 30 is Accepting Submissions for Original Audio Stories

The 30 for 30 Podcasts Story Workshop is co-presented by IFP and Made In NY Media Center by IFP. 30 for 30 Podcasts is ESPN’s premium series of original sports documentaries. 30 for 30 Podcasts is now seeking submissions.

30 for 30 Podcasts is ESPN’s premium series of original sports audio documentaries. A spin-off of the Oscar and Peabody Award-winning 30 for 30 documentary series, the podcast utilizes original interviews, archival sound, and the textured intimacy of the audio medium to explore compelling characters, teams, incidents, and stores across the sports landscape.

30 for 30 Podcasts Story Workshop is powered by IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project) and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. The 30 for 30 Podcasts Story Workshop is accepting submissions for original audio story pitches. They are looking for the next great 30 for 30 Podcast.

Successful submissions (between 12-16 proposals) will be selected to participate in a private pitch session with 30 for 30 Podcasts and ESPN producers and development executives, at the Made In NY Media Center on July 24. You can apply on the NY Media Center website.

Some Considerations and Criteria include:

  • Related in some way to sport, competition, athletes, fitness, or sport-like adventure
  • Historical (usually 5+ years)
  • Focused (single event illuminating a larger impact)
  • Sports as a setting to explore off-the-field themes (cultural, racial, societal, etc)
  • New angle on a story you thought you knew
  • Has a larger impact and ripple effect/aftermath

Visit the 30 for 30 Podcast Story Workshop website for more details about the criteria, the ESPN production and process, and more.

IsItGood App will Launch this Fall

IsItGood is an app that was designed to make podcasts social. The app will make it easy for people to find new podcasts to listen to and share what you are listening to with friends.

IsItGood is expected to launch this fall. Those who want to get notified when it is released can get on the invite list by putting your full name and email address on the IsItGood website. The app is currently in invite-only beta.

Get instant access to all of your favorite podcasts with an intuitive app for iOS and Android. Your news feed lets you and your friends share what you are listening to in real-time.

You can share your favorite podcasts to Twitter and Facebook with just a couple taps, and engage directly with the podcasters to let them know what content you enjoy. As you listen to more podcasts, the IsItGood unique algorithm learns your taste over time. As you use the app, you will get recommendations for new podcasts and specific episodes just for you.

Mark McTamney is the founder of IsItGood app. Baltimore Business Journal reported that Mark McTamney worked to build up his platform as a cohort member of Accelerate Baltimore, a four-month accelerator program hosted by Emerging Technology Centers. The program annually awards a handful of young companies $25,000 in seed funding.

At the end of the cohort session, a panel of judges selects one company to receive an additional $100,000 funding award. This year, IsItGood was selected.

According to the Baltimore Business Journal, Mark McTamney has plans to use the money to hire a full time developer and to continue building out features on the IsItGood app.

ShoutOut Live Holds UK’s First Women’s Podcast Festival

ShoutOut Live announced their second annual festival. It is the UK’s first women’s podcast festival. It is a one day event that will take place on July 14, 2018. Tickets are available for purchase via their website. A Day Pass is £35 and an Evening Pass is £25.

This year’s theme will revolve around the empowerment of the female podcasting talent. Hosting some of the UK’s finest radical female voices, the festival will create a space to celebrate podcasting and its power to highlight intersectional experiences of all women.

Speakers, Panelists, Workshop Facilitators, and Live Show Hosts include:

  • Anita Rani – Presenter -BBC’s The One Show
  • The Slumflower – Award-winning blogger, speaker and presenter
  • Sofie Hagen – Comedian and host of Made of Human
  • Imriel Morgan – CEO of ShoutOut Network and host of Wanna Be
  • Maeve McClenaghan – Host of the award-winning The Tip Off
  • Julianne Ponan – CEO of Creative Network
  • Fiona Sturges – Writer and Journalist for FT and The Guardian
  • Annika Allen – Founder of The Colour Network and host of The Black Magic Podcast
  • Kat Molesworth – Director of Blogtacular and host of theBlogtacularpodcast
  • Chastity Nao – Social Media Strategist
  • Sophie Herdman – Acast’s UK Content Manager
  • Sarah Ozo-Irabor – Bookstagrammer and Reviewer, Host of Not Another Book Podcast
  • Chrystal Genesis – Journalist and Host of award-winning StancePodcast
  • Elizabeth Campbell – Production Manager of Wooden Overcoats
  • Yovanka Paquete Perdigao – Writer and Translator, Host of Not Another Book Podcast
  • Iszi Lawrence – Hosts The British Museum Membercast,BBC Radio’s 4’s Making History, and more. Writer, International Comedian, Public Speaking Trainer
  • Anna Doble – Digital Editor at BBC World Service English

Does Anchor Own Your Podcasts?

There has been some debate on the internet about whether or not Anchor owns your podcast. The concern centers around Anchor’s Terms of Service, which was updated on June 21, 2018.

On June 19, 2018, Justin McLachlan (creator of EOS 10) posted a thread on Twitter in which he pointed out something troubling that was in Anchor’s Terms of Service. He included a screenshot of the part he was referring to that included the word “irrevocable”.

In the next tweet in the thread, Justin McLachlan said: “This license survives account termination. @anchor is taking ownership of everything you create that passes through their service.”

On June 20, 2018, Andrew Orr wrote a post on the Mac Observer titled: “Hey, You Know That Anchor App? Turns Out It Owns Your Podcasts.” He included a portion of Anchor’s terms of service in the article, and opined: “This means that Anchor can do whatever it wants with your podcasts, and can also transfer rights to ‘other companies, organizations, or individuals’ it chooses to work with.”

The part of Anchor’s Terms of Service that Andrew Orr was referring to said:

“By submitting User Content through the Services, you hereby do and shall grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, fully paid-up, sublicensable and transferable license to use, edit, modify (including the right to create derivative works of), aggregate, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Content in connection with the operation of the Services, the promotion, advertising or marketing of the Services, or any purposes.”

“You agree that this license includes, without limitation, the right for Anchor to provide, promote, and improve the Services and to make User Content submitted to or through the Services available to other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with Anchor for the syndication, broadcast, distribution, or publication of such User Content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such User Content use.”

On June 21, 2018, Michael Mignano (Co-Founder/CEO of Anchor) responded to Justin McLachlan’s tweet thread with a thread of his own. Here is one of the tweets in the thread:

In another tweet, Michael Mignano stated: “When you use Anchor, you are granting us a license to distribute your content to our platform as well as others around the world. We’ve clarified the license language to indicate when and how a creator can terminate the license they’ve given us.”

This was followed by two more tweets: “Lastly, Anchor has always aimed to innovate on the medium of audio and make the format more interactive with features like Voice Messages or Cohosts that let users collaborate in real time.” And “To enable these features, the license extends some aspects of its scope to other users so that the users are protected when they choose to collaborate.”

On June 21, 2018, Anchor updated its Terms of Service. The section titled “License Grant” now starts with: You retain all of your ownership rights in your User Content. The word “irrevocable” has been removed.

So, does Anchor own your podcasts? Technically, you still own the podcast content that you put on Anchor. In other words, Anchor is not taking ownership of your podcast and claiming it as their own.

However, by posting your podcast on Anchor, you agree to their Terms of Service, including the part that grants Anchor permission to a “worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, fully paid-up, sublicensable and transferable license to use, edit, modify (including the right to create derivative works of), aggregate, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, marketing of the service, or for any other purposes.”

It is up to individual podcasters to decide whether or not they like Anchor’s Terms of Service. If you are unsure, perhaps you should take advantage of the part of the Terms of Service that says: “We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about what our license grant means or how it impacts you.”