At the height of the podcasting revolution, the little purple podcast icon on my phone was as neglected as the stock market app.
It remained untouched until earlier this year, when a friend asked what I thought of true crime podcasts. I confessed that I’d never listened to a podcast in my life. The look on her face asked, ‘what is wrong with you?’
When I got home that evening I recovered the app and put on my headphones. Although I can’t remember what I ended up listening to, I do remember wondering, ‘what is wrong with me?’
Despite the overwhelming amount of content out there, I’ve found a handful of podcasts which I now listen to regularly. They provide a broader understanding of what is happening in the media and the industry as a whole.
Whether you’re a journalism student like me or you’re just looking for a daily dose of news, here are five podcasts worth tuning into.
7am is a narrative news podcast which covers the events affecting Australia. The 15 minute episodes come out on weekdays, so are perfect for the commute to university.
The Post Reports is another daily podcast which analyses the news, focusing on the United States. Half hour reports from the newsroom of the Washington Post. Of course it’s good.
Behind the Media is a collection of interviews with Australia’s most prominent journalists, writers and editors. Their stories are inspiring and occasionally terrifying. The podcast is now inactive, but I was so engrossed that I ended up listening to every episode.
Fourth Estate is exactly what it sounds like. Once a week it discusses what’s been happening in the Australian journalism industry, which is especially relevant for anybody studying it.
Nowhere Child is an intriguing investigative podcast about the disappearance of William Tyrrell, the three-year-old foster child who vanished from a NSW home in 2014. I feel like everyone should listen to at least one good investigative podcast at some point.