Podcast Week: Adam Shand Breaking Poverty, OzPod cancels, Audible

Plus Verizon’s Brand Building, Migrant Footprints, Gary Jubelin, Idol Archives

Edited by James Manning

New series from prolific Adam Shand

Investigative journalist Adam Shand is back with a new PodcastOne series done in collaboration with The Smith Family called Breaking Poverty.

Across two episodes Shand interviews students, carers and The Smith Family CEO Dr Lisa O’Brien. Together, they discuss the effects of child poverty and the impact it has on education, mental health and the future of Australia’s youth – especially since the Covid-19 pandemic and concerns over increasing poverty in Australia.

Shand said: “When the Covid-19 support programs come to an end there will be a $31 billion hole in the national economy. Now is the time Australians need to support our children to get the best education possible and meet the challenges of the future. Many families need a hand up not a handout, an investment towards self-sufficiency and self-confidence.”

Shand seems busier than ever, although he told Mediaweek he’s not quite operating at the speed he did for 6PR when hosting the weekday drive show for several years.

“I am now busy in different fields, working with PodcastOne on different projects and with Nine on The Full Box’s series Australian Crime Stories.”

Shand’s other PodcastOne projects include Adam Shand at Large where the idea was to go a bit beyond crime, which has happened with Breaking Poverty.

Shand has also done a series on the impact of Covid-19.

Breaking Poverty came out of our Covid research where we were looking at the things Australia could be doing. Some of the changes people thought would happen might not eventuate because we have something of a flawed state/federal relationship model that makes if difficult to go forward from here. In Breaking Poverty we look at what would happen if we got rid of student loans. If you look at our recent history we had the greatest period ever of wealth creation, yet we have more people in poverty.”

Also new from Shand this week is a new episode of State Crime Command. “We are aiming for two new episodes a month. We did a couple of what I call pilot episodes to see how people in the force reacted. We now have many officers coming forward asking for us to have a look at particular cases.”

Read more about State Crime Command here.

Shand is also looking at a podcast extension of Australian Crime Stories with additional information which has come to light following the screening of the current series. One in particular might feature passengers on the Qantas flight involved in the recent bomb hoax episode.

Listen to Breaking Poverty here.

Verizon Media launches Build Brand You podcast series

Verizon Media has launched a new podcast series, Build Brand You, a practical guide to help listeners adapt and flourish at home and in the workplace.

The series features guest speakers including founder of The Huffington Post and founder/CEO of Thrive Global Arianna Huffington, head of mental health and wellbeing at the AFL Dr Kate Hall, director of people science and culture at Culture Amp Chloe Hamman, executive coach and director of Be. Coaching Leigh Morrison, and leadership strategist at Happiness Concierge Nicole Hatherly.

The series comes off the back of the virtual Verizon Media Academy masterclasses that took place earlier this year as part of the company’s free industry talent program.

Listen to Build Your Brand here.

OzPod cancelled, partners US conference

The ABC has cancelled the OzPod conference for 2020 because of the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic.

The organisers have partnered with the world’s largest podcast conference Podcast Movement Virtual, providing an opportunity for all past attendees of OzPod to attend the online event at a reduced rate. Others have until 6pm Thursday for an early bird rate.

The Podcast Movement Virtual event will be held on 19-29 October 2020, and members of the OzPod community will be able to access the Plus level ticket at a half price rate of $99USD. This ticket allows access to live sessions as well as videos of all keynotes, breakout sessions, Lunch & Learns and live networking events.

Podcast Movement Virtual details here.

Jasmine Batra’s Migrant Footprints podcast

Jasmine Batra, co-founder of award-winning Melbourne-based growth marketing agency Arrow Digital, has this week released Migrant Footprints podcast via Spotify.

Batra meets with first and second-generation migrant business owners from across the country to share their tales of heartache and celebration, and their turbulent, inspiring and often hilarious experiences in business down under.

Bantra emigrated with husband Anup from Lucknow, India to Melbourne in 2004. Frustrated with the transactional, cookie-cutter approach delivered by the big digital agencies, they decided to set up their own with a more personalised, results-driven approach to marketing. In 2007 Arrow Internet Marketing was born. Now named Arrow Digital, and with a team of 15 digital specialists, Jasmine and Anup have worked with over a thousand clients to date, including Telstra, Fuji Xerox and the Queensland Government.

Listen to Migrant Footprints here.

Film Victoria and Audible launch Amplify Victoria

Film Victoria and Audible have partnered on Amplify Victoria, a documentary development funding initiative for Victorian factual content creators.

Through the initiative, Film Victoria and Audible are on a mission to help creators develop captivating true stories into premium documentary podcasts, with the intention that the podcasts may be released on Audible or adapted for screen.

The creative brief from Film Victoria and Audible calls for strong and challenging ideas that spark conversations and examine issues from different perspectives, with a well-developed multi-episode narrative and relatable subjects. Up to six teams will be selected to receive investment to develop their project from a total funding pool of $60,000. 

Applications for Amplify Victoria: The Audible and Film Victoria Documentary Development Fund are now open and close 11pm Thursday 29 October. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of 2020. The Amplify Victoria initiative is managed and administered by Film Victoria, with co-funding support by Audible Australia.

Find out more about Amplify Victoria here.

The Idol Archives with Mark and Katie Holden

Mark Holden and daughter Katie have joined forces in a new podcast that goes behind the scenes of one of Australia’s most beloved and popular television reality talent shows. The Idol Archives is a weekly podcast launching October 9 hosted by former Australian Idol judge Mark Holden and Katie as they chat with a former Idol contestant, talking and reminiscing about their time on the show with behind the scene stories, memorable moments and where they are now. Some went to become ARIA nominated, successful recording artists. Others left singing behind and pursued different career paths. All admit that Idol shaped what they went on to do today.

In the first season, Mark and Katie catch up with 10 Idol alumni to relive the Idol days. Guests include Anthony Callea, Natalie Gauci, Damien Leith and Cosima De Vito.

Listen to The Idol Archives here.

Gary Jubelin had 1.6m downloads, now he’s back

Gary Jubelin with a guest from his first episode of season two, former tactical officer Brett Pennell

Former NSW homicide detective Gary Jubelin is delving into the personal toll of catching killers in the new season of his chart-topping podcast.

With more than 1.6 million downloads, season two of I Catch Killers with Gary Jubelin gives listeners unprecedented insight into the dark underbelly of Australian crime.

Jubelin, now a News Corp investigative journalist, talks to police, bad guys and survivors.

News Corp metro subscribers will be able to access the podcast from Sunday at icatchkillers.com.au, with the episode available a week later on public platforms.

I Catch Killers is available from Sunday, October 4, at icatchkillers.com.au with episodes released every Sunday.

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