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Host Nick Parker speaks with the visionaries and thought leaders who are transforming the way journalism is created, distributed, and monetized. The News Nirvana Podcast looks to uncover what content is most engaging, how modern technologies are changing news consumption, and how news organizations are reshaping their business models for tomorrow . . . and beyond.

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Host Nick Parker speaks with the visionaries and thought leaders who are transforming the way journalism is created, distributed, and monetized. The News Nirvana Podcast looks to uncover what content is most engaging, how modern technologies are changing news consumption, and how news organizations are reshaping their business models for tomorrow . . . and beyond.

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English


Episodes
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Ep. 46: Sustainable news business starts with community focus

4/9/2024
"How can we be better together?" This is the driving question behind Frank Mungeam's work with local media organizations on both the content and revenue-generating sides of the business. The Chief Innovation Officer at Local Media Association joined host Nick Parker for a conversation about using old-fashioned community-oriented focus to create sustainable business partnerships that also help drive meaningful content generation and journalism for the news side of the organization. Want to stay up-to-date on the News Nirvana podcast? Sign up for our monthly news digest at newsnirvana.com/newsletter.

Duration:00:51:07

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Ep. 45: Julia Campbell on LMA labs and the power of cause marketing

3/26/2024
Julia Campbell has a fantastic title; Chief Business Transformation Officer just sounds cool. You might think she's a "robot in disguise", or you could just think the Local Media Association executive has one of those jobs where she gets to play with all the new toys and work with members to establish innovative and sustainable systems for their news organizations. One of those—the latter, of course—is actually correct. In this episode, Julia sits down with host Nick Parker to talk about LMA's labs and the power coming from those exchanges and learning environments, as well as one of her favorite topics, cause marketing.

Duration:00:30:41

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Ep. 44: Hyper-local content & personal connections at the heart of TravelHost's renaissance

3/12/2024
Let's get back to our roots. It's not that the phrase is almost a cliche, it is a cliche. But here's the thing about cliches—they exist because they're true. So, whether it's going back to their roots or getting back to basics, Orestes Baez and Scott Davis are committed to a personal and hyper-local approach that has brought new life to a national niche publication, TravelHost. Just 18 months after taking over the print and digital publication, Baez and Davis join News Nirvana host Nick Parker for an in depth conversation about their business and vision for the future.

Duration:00:45:57

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Ep. 43: Unveiling journalistic tricks & tools for today's reporters

2/27/2024
Join host Nick Parker in a riveting conversation with veteran journalist Mike Reilley as they delve into the behind-the-scenes tales of newsrooms past and the essential tools every journalist needs in today's rapidly evolving media landscape. From swapping stories to unveiling the secrets behind Reilley's popular Journalist's Toolbox, this episode offers insights for both seasoned reporters and aspiring journalists alike. Discover how Reilley's journey from reporter to educator has shaped the latter part of his career as a newsroom trainer and Senior Lecturer of digital and data journalism at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Duration:00:48:46

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Ep. 42: Leveraging the power of the collective

2/13/2024
Ask Tobias Bennett what excites him about the media industry and you'll get the same answer every time—it's the unknown. Bennett, VP of Partnerships and Revenue, and Fran Wills, CEO, for Local Media Consortium join host Nick Parker for a look into the current state of the news industry, and how their association helps member organizations traverse the ever-changing landscape and embrace what comes next.

Duration:00:42:32

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Ep. 41: Aligning your local media organization with your purpose

1/30/2024
Veteran editor and digital news guru Bob Rose joins host Nick Parker on this latest episode of the News Nirvana Podcast. Their in-depth conversation focuses on rebuilding trust and fostering partnerships with the communities we cover. The episode also explores the importance of aligning our content with both our varied modes of delivery and with the business partners we look to for continued revenue.

Duration:00:55:50

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Ep. 40: Where did we come from, where do we go?

1/16/2024
Host Nick Parker and producer Cherry Wolf take a look back at the 2023 season of the News Nirvana podcast reflecting on some favorite episodes, why the show is important to them, and some guests they're looking forward to in 2024.

Duration:00:29:31

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Ep. 39: Balancing journalism with the business of supporting it

12/5/2023
Industry expert Gordon Borrell joins host Nick Parker to discuss the evolving relationship between editorial and business. The two explore challenges faced by media outlets when adapting to the ever-changing advertising trends all while maintaining impactful news coverage. Reflecting on past revenue models versus modern equivalents, Borrell offers valuable insights into the ongoing evolution of news media.

Duration:00:52:21

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Ep. 38: Navigating the shift to digital-first

11/14/2023
In this episode of the News Nirvana podcast, Jared Frank from KHQ-TV and Josh Kidd from Block Communications join host Nick Parker to explore the challenges we may face adopting a digital-first mindset. The conversation delves into content repurposing strategies, the immediate impact of digital channels, and the importance of owning digital spaces amid social media's uncertain future. Listen as they navigate the evolving digital landscape and strategies in media and broadcasting.

Duration:00:45:47

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Ep. 37: Unlocking the digital video landscape with Sean Evans

10/31/2023
In this episode of the News Nirvana podcast, host Nick Parker engages in a conversation with Sean Evans, Director of OTT and Video at BLOX Digital. Together, they explore the dynamic realm of digital video, shedding light on platforms, audience growth strategies, and revenue maximization. Sean’s transition from a software development background to the world of broadcast news is a compelling example of our industry's adaptability. From clarifying essential terms like FAST channel and OTT to offering valuable insights, this episode underscores the value of embracing video both as a fundamental component of news delivery and as a revenue generator.

Duration:00:42:53

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Ep. 36: Embracing branded content campaigns

10/18/2023
David Arkin returns to the podcast to talk about working with news organizations to understand and embrace branded content campaigns—and the new revenue streams that come with it.

Duration:00:41:43

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Ep. 35: The power of partnerships, shared audiences, and sponsored content

9/26/2023
Join host Nick Parker for the newest episode of the News Nirvana podcast as he welcomes Lori Flowers, Manager of Integrated Marketing at Radio One. In this episode, Lori and Nick explore innovative approaches to marketing partnerships and delve into the power of sponsored content, which not only captivates and retains audiences but also amplifies revenue streams. Tune in now for invaluable insights into the evolving landscape of marketing.

Duration:00:40:20

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Ep. 34: Training student journalists to be career ready - Part II

9/12/2023
Steven Chappell and Matt Bird-Meyer continue their conversation with host Nick Parker on college media and how best to prepare student journalists to tackle our ever-changing media industry.

Duration:00:38:13

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Ep. 33: Training student journalists to be career ready

8/30/2023
Host Nick Parker returns to the world of college journalism in the first of a two-part series delving into the student media departments at Northwest Missouri State University and Monroe County (Mich.) Community College. Northwest's Steven Chappell and MCCC's Matt Bird-Meyer join the show to talk about preparing the next generation of journalists and how to best make them "career ready" when they leave the program.

Duration:00:30:58

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Ep. 32: Looking in on the broadcast media landscape in Canada

8/15/2023
Recorded earlier this summer, Broadcast Dialogue Editor Connie Thiessen joins host Nick Parker to discuss her role covering broadcast media in the Canadian markets and her perspective on the state of the industry.

Duration:00:42:14

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Ep. 31: Jumping into AI and finding your coalition of the willing

8/2/2023
Whether from a place of excitement, trepidation or even curiosity, AI is the No. 1 topic right now for news organizations. Colin Benedict, VP of News for Morgan Murphy Media, and Ethan Holland, VP, Draper Digital Media, join News Nirvana podcast host Nick Parker for a dive into the tools currently available, tips on how to start implementing and exploring their use in the newsroom and even a look at how to start creating ethical guidelines around their use.

Duration:00:42:22

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Ep. 30: Looking to the future with AI and video monetization

7/18/2023
Recorded during BLOX Digital's Broadcast Summit in Vail, Colorado, Mike Cassetta and Richard Marques join host Nick Parker for a conversation on the future of the industry, including recruitment, AI and monetizing video on digital platforms.

Duration:00:33:28

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Ep. 29: Self-branding, relationship-building & thinking digital first. Is the next generation ready?

7/5/2023
Join host Nick Parker in this lively podcast episode as he sits down with Amy Martin and Kassandra Horton from WVUA 23 at the University of Alabama. Dive into the world of training the next generation of journalists and equipping them with the ability to captivate today's audiences. From mastering various storytelling formats across multiple platforms to navigating the art of self-branding on social media without compromising their integrity or key business connections, budding journalists have quite the task ahead. And hey, who knows, maybe they'll even pick up a thing or two about entrepreneurship and business along the way. Tune in to discover how these young journalists are not only expanding their skill sets but also becoming the ultimate jack-of-all-trades in the field.

Duration:00:41:40

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Ep. 28: Using technology to push forward

6/6/2023
Guy Tasaka, founder of Tasaka Digital, LLC, joins host Nick Parker for a dive into the world of technology and the role it plays in our ever-changing media industry. Tasaka, who also pens a regular column for Editor & Publisher, has spent most of his career leading technology advances and initiatives in the news media sector and says its more important now than ever for leaders to not only keep up with new technologies, but drive their implementation as power tools for their organizations.

Duration:00:42:30

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Ep. 27: Coach Ryan Dohrn on the approach to sales and maximizing revenue for our news orgs

5/23/2023
Join host Nick Parker in an eye-opening conversation with Ryan Dohrn, a renowned media sales consultant and coach. In this episode, we explore the urgent need to reshape our mindset and strategies to boost revenue for news organizations in today's ever-changing media landscape. Dohrn, a strong advocate for permission-based media, reveals the essential ingredients for success: adopting a systematic approach and understanding the emotional dynamics of selling media partnerships within our communities. Discover the invaluable wisdom of Ryan Dohrn, the visionary founder and president of Brain Swell Media, and the driving force behind the highly regarded Niche Media conference. Prepare for a transformative experience as we unravel groundbreaking perspectives on the future of media. Tune in now to gain fresh insights and unlock new possibilities!

Duration:00:44:18