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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.

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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United States

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep. 21: On data, what we can track and why?

11/29/2022
OK, we've got the software and we know we can track data. But what should we be tracking? What do these numbers actually mean? And how do we use the numbers to take action in our orgs? These questions (and others) come flying more often than we want to admit. News Nirvana host Nick Parker sits down with data guru Allie Peters, senior product manager of emerging product for TownNews and Lee Enterprises. Note: this is the first of a two-part series on tracking data and how it can help us...

Duration:00:42:43

Ep. 20: Building community reach through newsletters

11/18/2022
The Eastsider LA's Jesus Sanchez helps kick off season 2 of the News Nirvana podcast by joining host Nick Parker to talk about newsletters and how they've helped him grow and engage his audience throughout several neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area.

Duration:00:49:56

Ep. 19: Rethinking sales, process, and leadership

6/28/2022
Host Nick Parker decided it was time to meet his newly hired News Nirvana benefactor, so why not make a show of it? Nick had a plan for this episode to focus on new approaches to sales revenue processes. And they stuck to it—for the most part. But what really came out was an unplanned and unrestricted conversation on leadership, mentors, and making sure we're opening the door for the next generation of industry leaders.

Duration:00:46:36

Ep. 18: On audience + revenue

6/7/2022
Let's be honest here. Most of us just aren't very good at selling our own news product to the audience. As an industry, we don't always do a good job bragging about the good work we do and the important role we play in our communities. But engaging our audience and clearly defining how we fit in their lives is essential to solving the ever-evasive dilemma of audience revenue. Bridget Sibthorp-Moecker, Director of Audience at TownNews, joins the show to talk about discovering and utilizing...

Duration:00:36:29

Ep. 17: The role of the watchdog

5/5/2022
This week we're joined by Daily Herald Assistant Managing Editor for Watchdog Reporting, Jake Griffin. In his 20-plus years of covering suburban Chicago for the Herald, Griffin has established himself as one of the leading watchdog reporters and columnists using reader tips and deep data dives to cover everything from elected officials, taxing districts, and the local effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duration:00:42:24

Ep. 16: Content is king

4/12/2022
Jed Williams and David Arkin are putting a new spin on local community media. The co-founders of Checkout DFW join host Nick Parker to talk about their fledgling publication and a new approach to both content and marketing partners (don’t call them advertisers!)

Duration:00:57:02

Ep. 15: It’s hope, but with teeth

3/29/2022
With new and refreshed approaches to revenue generation and audience engagement, the Richland Source, is carving out a successful model for community newspapers. Publisher Jay Allred and Engagement & Solutions Editor Brittany Schock join host Nick Parker to talk about their intentional approach to serving the community they cover.

Duration:00:57:26

Ep. 14: Student reporters leading the way

2/22/2022
A funny thing happens when student reporters are taught, and allowed, to act like professionals. Franklin College Pulliam School of Journalism director, John Krull, and senior reporter Taylor Wooten join Host Nick Parker to talk about how their program is leading the way through breaking news and statehouse reporting.

Duration:00:54:44

Ep. 13: On production and developing the next generation

2/8/2022
Emmy Award-winning digital news producer Cara Sabin, of WDRB in Louisville, joins host Nick Parker to talk about producing the news, driving traffic, and developing the next generation of reporters and producers.

Duration:00:43:43

Producing the news and finding the next generation of producers

2/8/2022
Emmy Award-winning digital producer Cara Sabin, of WDRB in Louisville, KY, joins host Nick Parker to talk about producing the news, driving traffic and helping find and develop the next generation of news producers.

Duration:00:44:21

Ep. 12: In support of the rural community newspapers

1/25/2022
Dr. Chad Stebbins, executive director of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, and past board chair Gary Sosniecki join the show for a conversation about community journalism, keeping newspapers in rural cities and the support role of their organization.

Duration:00:42:05

Ep. 11: Being a first ain’t all it’s cracked up to be

1/11/2022
The Cohort's Alex Sujong Laughlin, joins host Nick Parker to talk about her new project through the Poynter Institute and the need to focus on gender and inclusion in media.

Duration:00:38:22

Ep. 10: On data collection and creating meaningful engagement

12/14/2021
Wick Communications' Reilly Kneedler joins host Nick Parker for a conversation on the importance of data collection and how we use it to engage our audiences and create places for meaningful conversation on the news and issues of our communities.

Duration:00:15:28

Ep. 9: On storytelling and context

11/30/2021
Rob Curry, executive producer of digital at KHQ in Spokane, Wash., joins the show for conversations on newsrooms thinking digital first, shifting to meet changing audience demand and finding the best way to package stories for the communities we cover.

Duration:00:46:33

Ep. 8: Creating access & driving change

11/16/2021
It's a time to offer real support. A time for change. It is, according to Larry Graham, a time for action. In his 25-year career in the news business, Graham has worked in newsrooms and industry associations across the country. In 2021, he launched the Diversity Pledge Institute to help news organizations increase diversity in their businesses as well as provide needed support for the under-represented workers.

Duration:00:46:59

Ep 7: Delivering news for the people, not their mailboxes

11/2/2021
Daniel Williams has spent his entire career working to build and retain news audiences. The game, he says, has changed and the focus now needs to be on the news consumer and creating sustainable relationships not only with them, but also between the reader and our organizations' business partners and advertisers. The co-founder of BlueLena sits down with Host Nick Parker for a conversation on audience building and retention.

Duration:00:49:40

Ep. 6: Old school community journalism leads to new success

10/26/2021
Walk your beat. Cultivate your sources. Know the community you cover and the people you serve. For Bob Jacob, editor of the Cleveland Jewish News and Columbus Jewish News, these old school rules for journalists are the key for his papers' growth and success in these key Ohio markets.

Duration:01:02:56

Ep. 5: All for the love of journalism

10/12/2021
Mike Blinder, from Editor & Publisher, joins host Nick Parker to talk about the state of the news industry and his passion for the work news organizations do across the country. There is a need, he says, to remind newspapers and broadcasters to celebrate the work they’re doing and the roles they play in the communities they serve.

Duration:00:50:26

Ep. 4: Blue turf, relationships & storytelling

10/5/2021
Recorded prior to the start of the 2021 NCAA football season, B.J. Rains (Boise State beat writer for the Idaho Press) joined host Nick Parker for a conversation on sports writing. B.J. talks about the infamous blue turf of Boise State, what it was like covering college football in empty stadiums during the 2020 season and how he's had to shift the way he not only covers sports, but builds relationships when he's not always able to cover his beat "in person." (Note: we had some technical...

Duration:00:36:33

Ep. 3: Rekindling the fire of community news

9/20/2021
Anika Anand, deputy director of LION Publishers, joins the show to talk about her organizations efforts to support growth of the hyper-local and independently-owned news organizations across America.

Duration:00:40:49