How the Guardian commissions access-driven documentaries

guardian documentaries

Head of documentaries Charlie Phillips explains what the publisher looks for in a pitch, and how it aims to publish a range of evergreen content


LISTEN: Are bots better at understanding their audience than human journalists?

Talking to a machine can feel safer as readers do not have to fear judgement or backlash. But there may be hidden dangers in trusting bots too much

hidden cities

The Financial Times shows the interactive capabilities of smart speakers with new audio documentary

Take a look at 'Hidden Cities: Berlin', the interactive audio experience immersing audiences in stories about Berlin

The Correspondent promises English-speaking audiences an 'antidote' to breaking news

In this week’s podcast, Rob Wijnberg, founder, De Correspondent, talks about how their $2.5m crowdfunding campaign to launch an English language version aims to bring their audiences a true understanding of news, rather than reporting on the recent and immediate

Posted by Jacob Granger on 16/11/18

'The foundation for further digital transformation has been laid' – A look back on the expansion of the BBC World Service

Dmitry Shishkin, digital editor, Languages, BBC World Service, explains what his team has achieved, and the lessons he learned along the way

Posted by Caroline Scott on 01/11/18

Why The Independent’s latest subscription model is not your average paywall

In this week’s podcast Christian Broughton, editor, The Independent, discusses why Independent Minds rewards brand loyalty with exclusive ‘treats’ — and why he thinks readers will pay for it

Posted by Jacob Granger on 26/10/18

How BBC Africa Eye used open-source tools to debunk myths around that video of murder in Cameroon

"We went back to the basics of journalism – where did it happen, when did it happen, and who was responsible?"

Posted by Caroline Scott on 19/10/18

Newsrewired sneak peak podcast: audience growth, AI, Gen Z, fake news, and online communities

A glimpse behind the curtain of our upcoming newsrewired conference on 7 November with speakers from Vogue International, Press Association and News With Friends

Posted by Jacob Granger and Jasmine Scott on 12/10/18

Follow This: How Buzzfeed are covering internet cultures and communities on Netflix

Buzzfeed pair Bim Adewunmi and Jess Harrop discuss how their ‘docu-series’ Follow This are reaching audiences at home and on-the-go in 20 minute chunks

Posted by Jacob Granger on 11/10/18

International podcast day special: seven great journalism podcasts you need to listen to this weekend

This week we are marking the date by montaging those who cover journalism news and broader topics in audio format with innovation

Posted by Jacob Granger on 28/09/18

'From the street to the boardroom': How Reuters’ Africa Journal produces ‘mobile-friendly’ stories on Africa

Upon Africa Journal’s launch this week, editor Serena Chaudhry discusses how rapid mobile growth and multiple identities shape soundbite storytelling

Posted by Jacob Granger on 21/09/18

How collaborative podcast The Secret History of the Future aims to bring US audiences to The Economist

The Economist’s Tom Standage talks about their ten-part podcast partnership with US-based Slate and working across The Atlantic Ocean

Posted by Jacob Granger on 14/09/18

'Alexa, what's the news?': How Flash Briefings can help you reach wider audiences

Social media and digital producer Peter Stewart explains what the short, on demand audio clips can offer you and your listeners

Posted by Caroline Scott on 07/09/18

Straight out of university? Check out this advice for post-graduate journalism jobseekers

In this week's podcast, we speak to a range of guests to round up their tips for remaining upbeat once you have graduated

Posted by Jacob Granger on 31/08/18

'It’s Gone Viral': can big publishers learn from an online video startup?

Ryan Williams left his job in IT to chase a career in viral videos, social media and entertainment news. Two years on, his three-man startup has two million Facebook followers thanks to the right digital strategy

Posted by Jacob Granger on 24/08/18

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