Don’t you love a reading list? Here’s a quick round-up of must-read pubradio stories from the week. Enjoy!
• “Finding the Tribe” by Cynthia Graber for Nieman Storyboard
“According to Eric Nuzum, NPR’s vice president for programming, the network measures success for a typical radio show in the hundreds of thousands or millions of listeners. ‘In podcasts,” he says, “you can have what we lovingly call a tribe’—perhaps 50,000 to 60,000 engaged listeners. Finding that tribe is essential to financial stability.”
• “The Business of Podcasts” by Kerri Hoffman for Transom
“If you have the creative and technical chops needed to create great audio stories, you are all set to monetize and grow your podcast, right? Well, sort of but not quite. Besides making good content, there are a few other things to keep in mind.”
• “PRPD In Portland,” Julie Sabatier’s Storify round-up of tweets from the programming directors’ conference this week
“On a scale of 1 to Ira Glass, how big of a radio nerd are you if you’re following #PRPD from home? – Maddi Frick”
• And, finally, this glorious comments thread. Whoever was holding the keys to the NPR Facebook account on Aug. 31 pocket-posted “ty,” and opted not to delete it. Shenanigans ensued.