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What’s in a Name? When it Comes to Podcasting, it can be Confusing

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What's in a Name?

A Canadian radio journalist fell in love with serial narrative podcasts, and is determined to help them find their known place at the storytelling table.

As 2023 dawned, it occurred to me that a decade has passed since I became consumed by a format of audio storytelling that I call “narrative podcasts.” To avoid confusion, I’ll define this term: They are original, non-fiction, serialized and generally narrated through the arc of a classic story. More simply, they are great audio storytelling.

I wish it didn’t take a mouthful of adjectives to describe them.

I learned radio in 1999 at CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.), but then worked in other media formats for a decade. In 2013, I decided to return to audio, adapting my radio lessons to conform to the newer formats. My efforts were cute and honest, even if they make me wince to listen now.

When “Serial” was released in 2014, I found the format both stunning and efficient. Instead of multiple stories, it carried listeners through one story over 12 episodes; it was the first podcast to read 5 million downloads and the first to win a Peabody Award, launching, according to many, the podcast craze. Read More

Article originally written by Samantha Hodder and published on NiemanStoryboard.

Community Hot Take
Recording Schedule

Most podcasts fail, and inconsistency is one of the reasons. If you don’t know how to design a podcast schedule as a podcaster, you will eventually podfade. As part of what you need to start a podcast, you will need to learn how to schedule, automate and scale your podcast show.

Let’s say you have a TV show you love and enjoy and are always looking forward to the next episodes. All of a sudden, the show was taken off. You need to imagine how infuriating and annoying that could be.

This also applies to podcast shows. After building trust with your podcast listeners, you must keep delivering value to maintain a loyal following. Look at some of the most popular podcast shows you know; they never fail in releasing episodes frequently.

Once you are consistent in building, the listeners will come. You need to get it right with planning and organizing your podcast episodes. Learn More

Article originally published on Disctopia

Ausha AI

The Hosting and Marketing Platform to Start Beta-Testing of ChatGPT for Podcasters' Social Media Posts

Ausha forecasts AI will play a significant role in the future of podcasting, and they plan to be on the cutting edge of it. AI will be at the heart of their roadmap for any new developments. The company will use AI to help podcasters better distribute, market, analyze, and monetize their shows, all while decreasing their workloads.

Our ambition at Ausha is to empower podcasters, to save them time and energy while accelerating the growth of their audience. In this regard, AI is a valuable partner for podcast creators. With this technology, they can promote their episodes more efficiently, regularly and quickly, while fully focusing on creating new content. That's why AI will be at the heart of our roadmap this year.” says CEO Maxime Piquette.

The first step in this plan is the integration of ChatGPT into Ausha’s Social Media Manager. Starting soon, Ausha users will be able to use ChatGPT to generate posts for Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram, in their own voice and style.

Paired with Ausha’s already existing social media post scheduling feature, podcasters will be able to essentially automate all of their social media marketing. Users can also simply choose to use the AI-generated content as inspiration to jumpstart their own post creation.

The company considers ChatGPT the most advanced AI on the market, which is why they choose it. “We only collaborate with the best of the best,” says CEO Maxime Piquette, “that is what our users expect from us.”

Ausha plans to offer this AI feature to all users starting May 2023, after first beta-testing it with a smaller group of podcasters. Learn More

Podcast Career Opportunities

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Go beyond the classic Christian testimony into the ups and downs, the joys and the difficulties of being a Christian in the 21st century. Our guests offer insights and hope from their own stories. If you ever wondered if God is active and alive, this show is for you.  

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The Family Business with the Alessis provides insights into the challenges and joys of running a family business, but with the unique aspect of the family all working together to lead a church ministry. Steve and Mary Alessi, who founded Metro Life Church in Miami 25 years ago, share their real-life experience from 35 years of marriage and the parenting lessons they have learned while raising 4 children who all now work on staff at the church.

Since the podcast started, they've shared several personal milestones with their listeners, including two marriages and the birth of their first grandchild, making the podcast all the more special for them and their followers, affectionately called the “Podience”!


🎤 🎧   Florida podcaster, Meredith Hackwith Edwards, received a Gold Award & a Judge's Choice Award at the 2023 Pensacola Addy's for hosting & producing Voices United in Education, a podcast for parents in Escambia County, FL. She is a podcaster for hire & her client, Escambia County Public Schools, hired her to both host & produce the interview-based show, where she showcases the staff, students & community members uniting for the success of every student in the county.

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