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Podcasts are accessible to people because they easily slot into the "news moments" which appear throughout your day, making them a great way to stay on top of a fast-paced industry like the media world.

They are a way to get your regular scoop of the latest media news and research, career advice and journalistic tips, or best practices that are working for other publishers.

Here, we have collated a list of our own personal favourites, and those from our community, to help you find a new regular fix. Fair warning: it is not exhaustive, so let us know if any other podcasts for journalists have you hooked - or if you have your own show that should be on this list - by tweeting us @journalismnews. We want to hear from you.

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The essentials

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Presenters: Federica Cherubini

Focus: Media research, social media platforms, news formats, young audiences, press freedom, diversity and inclusion, and much more

Check out: Digital News Report 2023 - episode one

The Digiday Podcast

Presenters: Tim Peterson and Kayleigh Barber (formerly Brian Morrissey)

Focus: US media and publishing industry, commercial revenue strategies, digital strategies, modern newsrooms

Check out: The Athletic on ads and subscriptions to reach profitability

The Rebooting Podcast with Brian Morrissey

Presenter: Brian Morrissey (who first ran The Rebooting as a Substack newsletter)

Focus: Media business models, pivot to privacy, creator economy

Check out: The 'influencer" journalist model


Presenter: Nick Bryant, BBC correspondent (produced by Deadset Studios and published by the Judith Neilson Institute)

Focus: Journalist careers, censorship, war reporting, journalism standards

Check out: Get in the bin “gotcha” — A vote for change in political reporting

The Wempower Podcast

Presenter: Ilaria Biancacci

Focus: Women in journalism

Check out: Hannah Ajala, founder of We Are Black Journos, on diversity and empowerment

Coffee with a Journalist

Presenters: Beck Bamberger

Focus: Tech journalism, journalist careers, professional development

Check out: Riddhi Kanetkar, junior startups and VC reporter at Insider, on paywalls, deadlines and meet-ups

Media Voices

Presenters: Chris Sutcliffe, Esther Kezia Thorpe and Peter Houston

Focus: Media and publishing industry news, commercial revenue strategies, audience growth, podcasting tips

Check out: Barry Adams on why AI will not kill SEO

The Media Show

Presenter: Amol Rajan

Focus: UK news and media industry, regulation, journalism standards, legal battles

Check out: The BBC Presenter Story

Frontlines of Journalism

Presenter: Jeremy Bowen

Focus: Disinformation, social media, post-truth

Check out: Episode One - Off Balance

Freelancing for Journalists

Presenters: Emma Wilkinson and Lily Canter, both freelance journalists and authors of the Freelancing for Journalists book

Focus: Freelance journalism, skillsets, interviewing tips, journalist safety, funding

Check out: Supercharging your pitching

The Data Journalism Podcast

Presenters: Alberto Cairo and Simon Rogers

Focus: Data journalism, tech and tools

Check out: Inside the New York Times Graphics Team

The Business of Content

Presenter: Simon Owens

Focus: Tech news, creator economy, content production and monetisation

Check out: This veteran journalist launched a thriving local news outlet

BBC Brave New Media

Presenter: Dr Maha Taki

Focus: Independent media

Check out: Evi Mariani, founder of Project Multatuli in Indonesia (us!)

Presenter: Jacob Granger

Focus: Media innovation, audience growth, digital strategy, revenue strategy, social media

Check out: Chris Stone, executive producer at the New Statesman, on monetising podcasts

Specialist subjects:

Media Insider: Brought to you by The Fix Media, an excellent source of media news from across the European media landscape with episodes on media innovation and digital strategy

The Kicker: 'encouraging excellence in journalism in the service of a free society' by Columbia Journalism Review

Better News: Brought to you by 'the broccoli of media-focused podcasts', It's All Journalism, this show is produced in partnership with the American Press Institute.

How To Fail with Elizabeth Day: Not journalism-specific, but useful pep talks and how to bounce back from failures

The Tip Off: behind the scenes of investigative journalism in the UK, hosted by journalist Maeve McClenaghan

On The Media with Brooke Gladstone: WNYC Studios looks at current news events from a journalist's perspective, aiming to dig into topics of concern to reporters

International Press Institute: Shows include Decoding Disinformation, Media Freedom Rapid Response In Focus, The Press Freedom Files, Today in Short

Untold Stories with Osama Gaweesh: stories that are not deemed front page news (by our former apprentice via the Refugee Journalism Project)

Almost Professional: smartphones, filmmaking, social media, apps and other techy goodness, with Blake Calhoun

Atypical News Day: how neurodivergent journalists are changing the way the news works

Talking True Cases: conversations with reporters, journalists, experts, law enforcement, and others to discuss some of Britain's biggest cases, crimes, the justice system, and more.

Journalism Revision: IPSO Editor's Code: Perfect studying material for journalism students

Behind the Headlines: Honest conversations about mental health, online abuse and journalist wellbeing

It's All Journalism: Behind the scenes of how journalists do their jobs

Old but gold:

These are either discontinued or not publishing regularly, but are well worth diving back into or keeping tabs on:

Geekout with Matt Navarra: Social media wizards Matt Navarra and Martin SFP Bryant talk to the big names and chew over the latest news in the ever-changing social media landscape

The BBC Academy Podcast: A beginner's guide to everything from craft skills to taking your next step in the broadcast journalism industry. Evergreen

The Knowhow: Three academics discuss the political and social issues in a post-truth era and the dilemmas news media face covering them

Editor's Inbox Podcast: A series of discussions with editors about how they have learned to do the job and how it is evolving.

Baekdal Podcast: Media trends, business strategies and monetisation models

We Are Black Journos: Elevating and inspiring stories from both established and aspiring black journalists

Interhacktives: Social media news from students on the Interactive Journalism MA course at City, University of London

Media Tribe: Stories from some of the world’s most critically acclaimed journalists, directors and media executives, brought to you by Shaunagh Connaire

The Mobile Storytelling Podcast: Sporadically publishes, but when it does, few better places to get the latest know-how in mobile journalism, from Wytse Vellinga and Bjorn Staschen

The Storyful Podcast: Issues around the journalism industry itself, while analysing news coverage in the 21st century

Journalism 101: Reporters, students and lecturers on the craft of journalism - "the class is now in session"

Who did we miss? Let us know

This article was updated on 18 July 2023

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