As part of the Preserve This Podcast initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Metropolitan New York Library Council will host a series of panel discussions on emerging challenges and opportunities in the podcasting industry.
Last year Preserve This Podcast conducted a survey of podcast creators and other professionals regarding their understanding and usage of digital preservation practices, releasing the survey results in February. The initiative also recently published an eponymous zine and podcast designed to communicate best practices for podcast preservation, and launched a series of workshops around the United States to provide in-depth instruction.
This new series of panel discussions will explore a variety of topics beyond digital preservation including podcaster rights, podcasting as an educational tool, and content ownership. “We really want to explore how systems of power and capital and technology control whose voices get heard and whose don’t,” says Molly Schwartz, executive producer of Preserve This Podcast. “I’m hoping this event series gives people a space to discuss something of the biggest issues in the podcast space right now – questions of funding and labor and intellectual property. Things are changing quickly, and this could be a time for content creators to come together and shape the future of podcasting.”
Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Union Power: Collective Bargaining in Podcasting , moderated by Simplecast’s Director of Partnerships Dane Cardiel, will examine the structures and processes necessary to organize unions, and look at the unique challenges and benefits of unionization in the podcasting industry. Panelists include:
● Afi Yellow-Duke, Production Assistant at StoryCorps and member of the StoryCorps Union
● Eric Eddings, Producer of F or Colored Nerds and co-host of Gimlet Media’s T he Nod and Mogul
● Gautam Srikishan, Freelance audio engineer and composer, producer on T he V erge Extras: Better Worlds
● Molly Katchpole, Digital Media Organizer with Writers Guild of America, East
Thursday, May 30th, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Podcasts To The Rescue! , moderated by Matisse Bustos-Hawkes, Founder at Otro Lado Communications, will look at the post-election proliferation of podcasts about civics and government. The assembled hosts and producers will discuss why they launched their podcasts and how they engage and inform their listeners about the complexities of our democratic system. Panelists include:
● Arden Walentowski, producer and co-host of L et’ s Get Civical a comedic and irreverent take on how our government works
● Harry Siegel, co-host of F AQ NYC , a weekly dive into the big questions about New York City produced by Alex Brook Lynn
● Jenna Spinelle, producer and host of D emocracy Works an initiative of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State
● Mila Atmos, executive producer and host of F uture Hindsight where civic engagement meets civil discourse
Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Moderated by Audioboom VP of Marketing & Communications, W ho Owns Your Content? Will examine a variety of topics including content ownership, licensing, permissions and sponsorship. Panelists include:
● Amanda McLoughlin, creator of Multitude podcast collective and consultancy, co-host of S pirits and Join The Party
● Anne Kennedy McGuire, partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP
● Molly Schwartz: podcast producer and Preserve This Podcast co-lead
Panel discussions will take place at 599 11th Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10003. Each event is free but space is limited.
Register for Union Power: Collective Bargaining in Podcasting
Register for Podcasts To The Rescue! HERE
Register for W ho Owns Your Content? HERE