The 10 best podcasts for journalists in 2016

It’s no secret that the podcasting world has seen a great renaissance in 2015. Downloading your favorite podcast to take anywhere on your smartphone or tablet has never been easier. Podcasts are an indispensable journalistic resource and will be increasingly so in 2016. The modern journalist simply needs to keep abreast of the devices, software, and trends that shape today’s industry. The good news is that podcasts make this easier than ever. Here are ten amazing shows to wrap your ears in 2016:

10. Content war

Ryan Hanley presents ‘Content Warfare’, this serialized podcast featuring some of the most prolific online content creators in the world. Popular topics include content creation and marketing, audience building, and social media. This is a good option for anyone who works in the digital media space and wants to stay on top of the latest trends and tools available.

9. @Sree show

Tech journalist Sree Sreenivasan was named Fast Magazine’s Most Creative Person of 2015 for a reason, her @Sreeshow podcast is packed with great practical tips for the digital journalist. Sree is prolific in the industry and taught at the Columbia School of Journalism for more than 20 years before becoming Digital Director of the Met Museum of Art in New York City. He gives great advice on everything from getting the most out of social media, photography and design, to advice on the latest mobile technologies. It is worth listening to.

8. The High-Income Company Writing Podcast

Ed Gandia is a B2B writer presenting a program that goes into the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be successful in copywriting or business writing. This semester program is primarily aimed at those who work in the business writing space (freelancers). Gandia uses real-life case studies to demonstrate the best ways to find better clients, prepare content, or optimize your business as a freelancer (and much more). This is an entertaining and highly practical podcast and it’s one to watch in 2016.

7. In the media

This one-hour weekly radio / podcast show seeks to explore “how the media sausage is made” as it “lifts the veil on the media creation process.” And it does. Presenters Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield take us behind the headlines around the world as they skeptically entertain us by revealing how the biggest stories come together, while uncovering the not-so-obvious political narratives in everything we consume in the media. This is a revelation and should be required to listen.

6. The autonomous game

Veteran freelancers Andrew Hayward and Nathan Meunier are co-hosts of the podcast “The Freelance Game” that covers the industry in general (with a background in video game journalism). This highly entertaining podcast specializes in providing advice on all areas of a freelance writer’s life. If you need advice on how to introduce yourself to editors, interview strategies, or diversify your income as a freelancer, you should check this out.

5. The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

The Media Podcast is recorded in London’s Covent Garden and brought to us by Olly Mann (writer, gadget correspondent, LBC Radio host and occasional TV news commentator). Our personable presenter is our guide to everything related to the broadcast, print and digital media industry. The show frequently features leading UK journalists and should be required to listen to anyone interested in the inner workings of the UK media.

4. How to cover the money

The How To Cover Money podcast is a weekly podcast purchased from us by the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University. Presenters Micheline Maynard and Mark Remillard offer tips on how to make money from stories (even if you’re not a business journalist). This is a serialized podcast that comes from a business journalism perspective (but helps all journalists by offering helpful strategies for covering and making money from stories more generally). A very good reference for anyone interested in business or financial journalism.


This is one of Britain’s top media-related podcasts for a reason. Listeners are invited to learn about the latest trends in digital journalism. The show often features industry experts who give insight into how UK newsrooms are handling these changes. Topics covered include everything from how to get into specific areas of journalism, such as technology or broadcasting, to tips for journalism students. The website ( is also worth checking out and can be a great place to find media jobs.

2. The Media Show (BBC Radio 4)

The Guardian columnist Steve Hewlett presents BBC Radio 4’s own ‘The Media Show’, a podcast featuring discussions on areas such as censorship, business, ethics, as well as a general analysis of the changing world of media. Expect new episodes every Wednesday. This one is well funded, well produced and secures influential guests on a regular basis. Recent guests include the CEO of Trinity Mirror, the owner of The Huffington Post and the CEO of Virgin Media.

1. The long-form podcast

Our number one podcast to watch in 2016 goes to The Longform Podcast. Each week hosts Max Linsky, Aaron Lammer, and Evan Ratliff (CEO of Atavist media software company) invite a renowned journalist or editor to take us behind the scenes of a news story (while giving a masterclass on journalism). If you want to meet the people who report the stories, or if you are interested in how the world’s best writers or freelancers got started, you should listen to this podcast. Recent guests include a Pulitzer Prize winner, war correspondents, and high-profile writers from the world’s leading publications. Longform deserves five stars and wins the award for the number one podcast to watch in 2016.