Press and Media

Press and Media problem: Podcasts

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Literature Review: Podcasts problem for Press and Media

This “Ten Problems for Press and Media in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. profitability, 
  2. subsidies,
  3. entertainment,
  4. artificial intelligence,
  5. disinformation,
  6. trust,
  7. diversity,
  8. regulation,
  9. staff issues,
  10. podcasts.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.

10 Podcasts

THE PROBLEM — Podcasting facilitates the “micro-dynamics of democracy” by engaging viewers with important issues and providing them information to fuel informed conversation. There is room for technological innovation and methodological improvement in the news industry that could contribute to the quality of the news. In the educational sector, the use of learning media such as e-learning, flipped classroom and podcasts is encouraged to improve the active participation of students and their academic outcomes. Traditional media stakeholders and independent media stations also use podcasting to establish transmedia personal brands.

CASE STUDIES — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

CONCLUSIONS — Currently, the public podcast ecology in the United States maintains some immunity from the most immediate threats. Real-life experience in making podcasts is crucial, with the importance of interviewing skills. Young journalists seem to have a harder time staying informed and fact-checking news because of pressure to perform. COVID-19 podcasts demonstrate an overall shift away from journalistic norms of objectivity and toward interpretive reporting. E-learning is very effective in improving student learning outcomes which includes learning outcomes in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains. The need for social media influencers to maintain their online status may in fact serve as a disincentive for them to advocate behaviors that are perceived as unpopular or controversial among their followers. Through podcasts creation, students develop traditional rhetorical skills such as awareness of audience, formulation of a thesis, and inclusion of compelling evidence, in a new context. Many young adults from minorities or diverse background do not have an outlet that shares that they are not alone in their journey, so podcast channels can help them. Branded media personalities are also creating their own podcast shows for commercial purposes. The city of Berlin has COVID-19 podcasts and videos for refugees in several languages.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

“Ten Problems for Press and Media in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page 

booklet updated on 5 May 2021, now on sale as version 1.1 

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Literature Reviews for Inquisitive Minds