The In Old News podcast brings you interviews with journalists from all over the world who make us rethink some of the things the journalism industry has taken for granted. Since we started our Q&A series, we’ve interviewed journalists from over 13 countries and 14 publications, as well as 4 independent journalists and creators.

We’ve had conversations about equal pay and equal credit, the importance of reclaiming narratives from mainstream media, engaging with the public on how we do what we do, and how the mental health of journalists is inextricably linked to the health of the media industry.

It’s long been a dream of ours to launch our own podcast because it’s one of our favourite ways to learn about the world and to listen to the perspectives of others. And in February this year, we were finally able to start publishing podcast versions of our interviews more regularly.

So think of this newsletter as a table of contents, where you can skim through the episodes of our podcast to decide which ones you want to listen to. And share it with friends who might find this useful. All of these episodes (and more interviews) have a text version which you can find by clicking here, if you prefer to read them instead.

On media literacy

What role can journalists play in teaching the public about how to consume media? In this episode, we spoke to HR Venkatesh about his efforts to make media literacy its own vertical at BOOM.

On reclaiming narratives

Camille Padilla Dalmau is a founding member of 9 Millones, a a media platform dedicated to reclaiming Puerto Rican narratives. In this episode we spoke to Camille about how her past in traditional media drove her to launch her own initiative, and how’s she’s navigated entrepreneurship in the middle of a global pandemic.

On sustainability in journalism

When journalists are worried about making rent at the end of the month, or taking care of medical bills, how difficult is it for them to do their job well? We explored this question in this episode, where we interviewed The GroundTruth Project’s Kevin Douglas Grant.

On tips for media start-ups

Rishad Patel and Alan Soon run Splice, an organisation that supports media startups. In this episode, they told why every entrepreneur should put their community first and build from there.

On equal pay and equal credit

Unbias The News is an international media organisation born from Hostwriter, a cross-border journalism network. In this episode, we spoke to Mercy Abang and Tina Lee about how they’re building the type of newsroom that pays and credits all journalists equally.

On the importance of local journalism

Often, when journalism jobs are cut, local jobs are the first to go. And that has major consequences not just for the media industry, but also for the communities that were served by local news. THE CITY is a non-profit that’s plugging some of the gaps left by the closing of local reporter jobs in New York City. In this episode, we spoke to Executive Director Nic Dawes about the innovative ways THE CITY tries to inform residents of New York City about the issues that affect them the most.

On digital security

Thinking about all the ways that the internet can be used to invade your privacy can be overwhelming. In this episode, Harlo Holmes of the Freedom of the Press Foundation talked to us about how to take digital security one step at a time, so that it doesn’t feel so scary.

And that’s not it! We’ll be back with more podcast episodes later in the year, so make sure to subscribe and share, so that we can reach more journalists who are passionate about rethinking this industry.

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