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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.

The New York Times Seeks a Head of Audio Product

The New York Times is seeking a Head of Audio Product to lead the development of all NYT listening experiences. The position is based in New York, New York.

We are looking for an entrepreneurial leader with a strong sense of what makes products great to outline a strategy for elevating our slate of audio programming – from shows like The Daily and Still Processing to specials like Calphate and more to come – wherever they are listened to, and to help answer the question: what should I listen to right now?

The person will develop a vision for how NYT can drive listening habits that are additive to what it means to build a relationship with The Times. He or she will set high-level goals that align with business objectives, identify products/features that drive those objectives, and be responsible for delivering work from a cross-functional team.

Requirements include:

  • Minimum of 5 years product experience with multimedia, consumer, and/or subscription products
  • Experience in zero-to-one product development entrepreneurial environments, creating something brand new.
  • Experience with a love for working on cross-functional teams with multiple stakeholders, and steering engineering, design, and editorial partners to focus on the most impactful work
  • Ability to balance strategic thinking with the nuts and bolts of getting features out the door
  • A passion for audio and The New York Times’ mission
  • and more

Those who are interested in the Head of Audio Position can apply on The New York Times’ website about this job. There, you can find information about what you’ll do as well as the benefits and perks that come with the position.

The New York Times Hired Amanda McCartney

The New York Times announced that Amanda McCartney has joined the New York Times advertising team as Director, Audio & Podcasts. This is a new role at The New York Times Company.

Amanda McCartney joins the New York Times from Slate Media, where she sold its selection of podcasts, including advice show Dear Prudence, Lexicon Valley, explainer show The Gist, and Trumpcast, shows for Slate’s Panoply network, and branded podcasts for three years.

Previously to Slate, Amanda McCartney was a national sales manager at The Washington Post and HuffPost. At The New York Times, she will be working collaboratively with client leads to sell The Time’s podcast inventory, like The Daily and Still Processing, as well as calling on direct response podcast agencies.

The Daily is hosted by Michael Barbaro. A new twenty minute episode about the news topics of the day is posted five days a week. Still Processing is a conversation between Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, two culture writers for the New York Times, as they try to understand the pleasures and pathologies of America in 2018. Other podcasts from the New York Times include: Modern Love, The Book ReviewChange Agent, Dear Sugars, PopcastThe New Washington, and Caliphate.

The New York Times Launched the Caliphate Podcast

The New York Times has launched a podcast called Caliphate. It is a new audio series that follows Rukmini Callimachi, who covers terrorism for The New York Times. Caliphate focuses on the Islamic State.

Caliphate is not the first podcast released by The New York Times, and it probably won’t be the last. However, there are a unique thing happening in regards to how listeners can access this podcast. Each episode will be available to New York Times subscribers a week early. This is being done to thank subscribers for their support for this kind of reporting.

The team behind The Daily (another podcast from The New York Times) presents Caliphate. Rukmini Callimachi is a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, and has often appeared on The Daily. In Caliphate, she reports on the Islamic State and the fall of the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Rukmini Callimachi, with producer Andy Mills, journeys to the heart of the conflict to grapple with the most pressing questions about ISIS and to comprehend the power and global pull of the militant group. The New York Times makes it very clear that “this series includes language and scenes of graphic violence.”

While the subject matter of Caliphate may not be for everyone, it is worth being aware of. In this podcast, The New York Times is taking the standard way that journalism is reported – on websites and in newspapers – and adapting it to include the medium of podcasting. We have seen this before in podcasts like Serial. It is significant that a long established newspaper is now using podcasting as a medium for in-depth journalism.

The Daily Podcast is Coming to Public Radio

The Daily is a podcast from The New York Times. A new twenty-minute episode of the podcast is released every weekday. Soon, The Daily will be available on public radio.

The new radio edition of the popular podcast “The Daily” will be available to public radio listeners across the country beginning April 2. The New York Times and American Public Media announced earlier this year that they will be joining forces in this collaboration, which will extend the audio news report’s following of 4.5 million monthly listeners to the radio audience.

The Daily draws on the unrivaled quality and expertise of The New York Times’s global footprint of more than 1,450 journalists. It is a very successful podcast and was the most-downloaded new show in 2017 on Apple Podcasts. It also won the DuPont-Columbia University Award for audio excellence.

The radio edition of The Daily will be hosted by Michael Barbaro (who is the host of The Daily podcast. Previously, he was host of The Run-Up, a political podcast that chronicled the 2016 election.

The radio version of The Daily will air after 4 p.m. ET and listeners can find their area’s specific air time by visiting their local station online. As of March 27, 2018, there were 16 radio stations across the United States that had committed to bringing The Daily to their audiences.

The New York Times Seeks an Audio Producer

The New York Times is seeking an audio producer who will take ownership of a New York Times arts show and lead an audio team. The audio team will operate like a start-up within the larger news organization.

The New York Times audio team is seeking a show producer with a passion for the arts – books, music, film, TV, theater. This producer doesn’t need experience on those beats, but should be the kind of person who gets new books and albums as soon as they’re released and takes any excuse to go to a live show.

The producer will take ownership of a New York Times arts show. This includes: generating the concept and structure, in consultation with the host(s) and team leadership, then piloting, testing and bringing that show to market.

After the show is launched, the producer will be responsible for a range of tasks to create each episode. Those tasks include: pitching, booking, research, scriptwriting, recording in the field and in the studio, cutting tape, mixing audio, and managing the show’s distribution and promotion. The producer will also have the ability to do original reporting.

Other responsibilities include: coach New York Times reporters and editors without audio experience as hosts and guests, help source and/or report stories, upload each episode with correct metadata – on and off the New York Times platform, and promote each episode via social media and other channels.

The audio producer position is “a temporary guild position with the possibility to become staff positions”. They want someone who has a passion for podcasts and at least 3 years experience in audio production (among other skills). For full details, read the New York Times want ad.

The New York Times Launched “The Daily”

The New York Times has several of its own podcasts that cover a wide range of topics. They just launched a brand new podcast called The Daily.

The Daily  is hosted by Michael Barbaro, a longtime New York Times correspondent. The Daily is described as: “This moment demands an explanation. The Daily is on a mission to find it.”

Michael Barbaro said: “It isn’t quite a podcast – although you can listen wherever you listen to podcasts. It isn’t quite the radio – although the mechanics are largely the same. It isn’t quite the newspaper – although we’ll be drawing heavily on the journalism that powers The New York Times”.

The Daily will release fifteen minute episodes five days a week. The first episode was released on February 1, 2017. The topic is Neil Gorsuch, who President Trump nominated for the Supreme Court.

The second episode, which was released on February 2, 2017, asks the questions: “Who is influencing our new president’s views of Islam and radical Islamic terrorism?” and “Are we seeing the beginning of a Tea Party on the Left?” The episode also mention’s the latest news from Beyonce.  It appears that The Daily is going to cover the biggest news of the day – whatever it happens to be.

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know Podcast has Launched

tell-me-somthing-i-dont-know-logoTell Me Something I Don’t Know is a New York Times podcast that recently launched in collaboration with Dubner Productions. It is hosted by Stephen J. Dubner of Freakonomics Radio and co-author of the Freakonomics book series.

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know is described as equal parts game show, talk show, and brain-tease, in which audience members present an “IDK” (an “I Don’t Know) – something that other people might not know – to a panel of celebrities and experts from business, the arts, science, politics, sports, and academia. The panel will gently interrogate each guest presenter. The goal is to make everyone a bit smarter than they were before.

The podcast will be taped before a live audience in New York City and then distributed globally via podcast and other media. It will combine the reach and expertise of The New York Times with the success of Freakonomics Radio, which has 7 million monthly downloads and airs on nearly every major public radio station.

Those of you who want to present an “IDK” to a panel of experts during a live episode of Tell Me Something I Don’t Know can fill out a form with your “mind blowing fact”. Be prepared to list how you know that information and to list sources or otherwise verify your idea. At the bottom of the form, there is a list of upcoming dates when the podcast will be presented to a live audience (and recorded).

The Run-Up Covers the Rest of the Election

The Run Up logoThere have been a lot of political podcasts created specifically to focus on this long, strange, trip of an election cycle that we are all going through. It is understandable that people would have a lot to say about this particular election. The Run-Up is a new political podcast that covers the last portion of the 2016 campaign as the candidates run up to the general election.

The Run-Up is a new political podcast from The New York Times. It is hosted by Michael Barbaro, a reporter for The New York Times who has been covering the 2016 campaign. The Run-Up is a twice-weekly election podcast that releases new episodes on Tuesdays and Fridays.

There are currently four episodes available to listen to, with more to come. This podcast is going to cover the last three months of the 2016 election. (The name of the podcast refers to the timespan between now and the general election). The Run-Up is the The New York Times’ first podcast that has launched since it hired Lisa Tobin as its first executive producer for audio.

The Run-Up will explore the major themes and issues of the 2016 election. It will, of course, discuss the latest news. It will also provide analysis and dispatches from The New York Times politics reporters, Opinion columnists and contributors, New York Times Magazine writers and The Upshot analysts. In addition, the podcast will feature interviews with some of the election’s key players.

Interestingly, The Run-Up is intended to be more than just a podcast from The New York Times. In a press release, Senior Editor for politics Carolyn Ryan said that The Run-Up will play a pivotal role in how The New York Times covers the election over the next three months.