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The 10 Podcasts Every Journalist Should Listen To

By Kristin Granero

Whether it was the buzz created by Serial or just an increased thirst for knowledge (probably a bit of both), podcasts have been on the rise over the past few years and show no signs of slowing down. (After all, the question “What podcasts are you listening to?” is becoming just as common as “What books are you reading?”.)

Tap into the trend as a way to expand your knowledge, and perhaps even get ahead in your career, with a range of smart journalism podcasts that offer an in-depth look at the latest headlines, taking you inside the newsroom and beyond.

From Longform to MashTalk, read on for ten podcasts it could help to have in your back pocket.


Co-produced by Longform and Atavist, this weekly podcast features interviews with nonfiction writers, covering everything from their career paths to their unique approaches to storytelling (including some of the stories they’ve written along the way). Recent guests include BuzzFeed senior investigative reporter Jason Leopold and technology journalist and Recode co-founder Kara Swisher (their archives also include an interview with Hillary Clinton).

Learn more about Longform (free)

Inside the Times

Ever wonder what goes on inside The New York Times? Wonder no more, thanks to this behind-the-scenes podcast, in which host Susan Lehman interviews Times journalists on their stories.

Learn more about Inside the Times (free)

Reliable Sources

This weekly podcast, which is run by CNN and hosted by Brian Stelter, takes a closer look at how journalists go about doing their jobs, along with how the media can impact the stories they cover. There have also been some interesting episodes on how journalism can push change.

Learn more about Reliable Sources (free)

It’s All Journalism

It’s no secret that the nature of journalism is changing. In this podcast, producers Michael O’Connell and Nicole Ogrysko focus on the evolution of digital media in particular, breaking down some of the latest trends and interviewing journalists in the field along the way.

Learn more about It’s All Journalism (free)

The Kicker

This podcast was created by the Columbia Journalism Review with the “mission to encourage excellence in journalism in the service of a free society.” Tune in for a closer look at everything from combat reporting to fake news.

Learn more about The Kicker (free)


This weekly podcast from Mashable’s tech team (hosted by Pete Pachal) explores some of the latest and greatest topics in tech with Mashable chief correspondent Lance Ulanoff, along with a rotating lineup of guest speakers. Tap in to see if the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is really worth $930 (and much more!).

Learn more about MashTalk (free)


Produced by the Newseum Institute, this podcast “focuses on journalism that matters” (or, more specifically, broadcast, print, and online news reports that produce change and reestablish journalists as watchdogs). Listen as the institute asks tough questions and explores how to best protect journalists when it comes to the freedom of speech and beyond.

Learn more about Journalism/Works (free)

The MediaShift Podcast

Dubbed “your guide to the digital media revolution,” this podcast, hosted by MediaShift executive editor Mark Glaser, focuses on the intersection of technology and media. Tune in weekly to catch up on the latest news stories and hear from some of the top names in digital media.

Learn more about MediaShift (free)

The Digiday Podcast

What kind of content should you be making, and which platforms should you be using to get it out there? Download this podcast (created by Digiday) to ensure you’re doing your part to keep up with the digital age.

Learn more about The Digiday Podcast (free)

On the Media

Last, but certainly not least, this podcast produced by WNYC Studios focuses on threats to free speech and government transparency. Listen as hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield reveal the hidden political narratives in the media you consume.

Learn more about On the Media (free)

Kristin Granero is an Ed volunteer who has contributed to various media outlets, includingCosmopolitan, Seventeen, Women’s Health, Fitness Magazine, Teen Vogue, Parents Latina, Popsugar and TODAY. When she’s not writing, she’s scouring New York City for the latest and greatest guacamole.

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