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Publisher Podcast Awards 2021 – shortlist announced

Over 100 podcasts have made the shortlist for the second year of the Publisher Podcast Awards demonstrating the resilience and innovation of publishers in the audio space, despite a challenging year.

Publisher Podcast Awards 2021 – shortlist announced
Esther Kezia Thorpe: “We’ve been really encouraged by the continued improvement in standards, growth, and monetisation strategies.”

New categories for the second year of the awards include Best Coronavirus Podcast, Best Launch and Best Commercial Strategy. These have given publishers the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity in creating informative content for their audiences, as well as highlighting those publishers forging a path to financial sustainability through podcasting, say the organisers.

The winning podcasts will be decided by a line-up of more than 45 judges from around the world, from organisations including Axios, Google, Vox Media, The Reuters Institute and more.

The winners will be revealed in a virtual celebration on Wednesday 21st April 2021. The Media Voices team have decided to experiment with a ‘pay-what-you-want’ ticketing model. In addition, say the organisers, there are print programmes and gift boxes available for UK attendees to allow them to celebrate from the safety of their own homes.

Esther Kezia Thorpe, co-founder, said: “The world has changed so drastically since we put on our first awards that we were wondering what entries would be like this year. But we’ve been really encouraged by the continued improvement in standards, growth, and monetisation strategies, as well as the sheer volume of new launches. Although it won’t be quite the same as an in-person event, we’re committed to making the virtual awards an event to celebrate.

Peter Houston, co-founder, said: “It’s been amazing to find out about publishers putting so much work into keeping their podcasts going through lockdowns and hear the lengths people have gone to to keep their audio quality up and the conversation flowing. This year's Coronavirus category also highlights just how quickly publishers can move when there’s a job to be done.”

PUBLISHER PODCAST HERO OF THE YEAR 2021

Velo Mitrovich - Reby Media

Laura Mueller - Euromoney

Rowan Hooper - New Scientist

Theodora Louloudis - The Telegraph

Jack Meegan-Vickers - Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Fleur Rollet-Manus - SUITCASE Group

Ollie Guillou - Freelance contractor / New Scientist

Pierre Bienaimé - Digiday Media

Ailsa Cowen - Rail Technology Magazine

BEST COMMERCIAL STRATEGY

Airfinance Journal Week in Review - Euromoney Plc

Energy Voice Out Loud - DC Thomson Media

Engineering Matters - Reby Media

Finger on the Pulse - National Health Executive

Public Sector Voices - Public Sector Executive

Scran - Laudable / JPI Media

The Dirt - Grow Your Own, DC Thomson Media

Track Talk - Rail Technology Magazine

BEST PODCAST LAUNCH

Author In Your Classroom - Plazoom, DC Thomson Media

Finger on the Pulse - National Health Executive

In Machines We Trust - MIT Technology Review

New Scientist Weekly - New Scientist

Planet Normal - The Telegraph

Stories of our times - Wireless Studios / The Times and Sunday Times

The Car Throttle Podcast - Dennis Publishing

The Dirt - Grow Your Own, DC Thomson Media

The Upgrade by SUITCASE Magazine - SUITCASE Magazine

BEST B2B PODCAST

The Media Navigators - The World Media Group

The Product Experience - Mind the Product

Airfinance Journal Week in Review - Euromoney Plc

Engineering Matters - Reby Media

Journalism.co.uk podcast - Journalism.co.uk

The Global Franchise Podcast - DC Thomson Media

The Glossy Podcast - Digiday Media

The IT Pro Podcast - Dennis Publishing

Energy Voice Out Loud - DC Thomson Media

BEST CORONAVIRUS PODCAST

Alone Together - A Coronavirus Podcast - Laudable

Care Home Management magazine podcast - S&A Publishing

Coronavirus: The Latest - The Telegraph

Engineering Matters - Reby Media

The Big Miss You - The Big Issue

The Impact: Coronavirus and Organized Crime - Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

The Nature Podcast - Springer Nature

BEST ENTERTAINMENT PODCAST

Author In Your Classroom - DC Thomson Media

Beatles City - Liverpool Echo, Reach Plc

Biscuits & Jam - Meredith Corporation

Pathfinders Podcast - 99 Percent Lifestyle

The Penguin Podcast - Penguin Random House

BEST FOOD & DRINK PODCAST

olive magazine podcast - Immediate Media

Scran - JPI Media, Laudable

The Food Programme - BBC Radio 4

BEST HEALTH & WELLBEING PODCAST

Bump, Baby and Beyond - Emma's Diary

Going for Goal - Women's Health, Hearst UK

Mad World - The Telegraph

The ECHO’s Menopod - Liverpool Echo, Laudable

BEST HOBBIES & SPECIAL INTEREST PODCAST

Factor Two - UKClimbing

Radio Astronomy - BBC Sky at Night Magazine, Immediate Media

The Dirt - Grow Your Own, DC Thomson Media

The Week in Art - The Art Newspaper

Big Brains - University of Chicago News

Reasonably Speaking - The American Law Institute

The Bunkered Golf Podcast - DC Thomson Media

The Plodcast - Immediate Media

BEST LIFESTYLE PODCAST

We Are Family - Meredith Corporation

Bump, Baby and Beyond - Emma's Diary

Real Fix - SWNS

The Dirt - Grow Your Own, DC Thomson Media

The Upgrade - SUITCASE Magazine

Who Cares Wins with Lily Cole - Penguin Random House

BEST LIMITED SERIES

Crossfire - The Telegraph

Floodlines - The Atlantic

In Machines We Trust - MIT Technology Review

My mother's murder - Tortoise Media

The Anthill - The Conversation

The Brink - Liverpool Echo, Laudable

Unfair - Digiday Media

Unfinished - Shoebury's Lost Boys - Archant

Weekend Bigots - JPI Media, Laudable

BEST LOCAL & COMMUNITY PODCAST

Liminal - Liverpool Echo, Laudable

Northern Goal - The Press & Journal and Evening Express, DC Thomson Media

Talking Australia - Australian Geographic

The Courier Talking Football - The Courier, DC Thomson Media

The Door County Pulse Podcast - The Peninsula Pulse

The Edinburgh Briefing - JPI Media, Laudable

The North in Numbers - Manchester Evening News, Laudable

Twa Teams, One Street - The Evening Telegraph, DC Thomson Media

BEST NEWS PODCAST

Planet Normal - The Telegraph

The Stooshie - DC Thomson Media

The Week Unwrapped - Dennis Publishing

World Review - The New Statesman

BEST POLITICAL PODCAST

Public Sector Voices - Public Sector Executive

The New European Podcast - Archant

The New Statesman Podcast - The New Statesman

The North Poll - Manchester Evening News, Laudable

The Stooshie - DC Thomson Media

BEST SCIENCE & MEDICAL PODCAST

All Things Photonics - Laurin Publishing

Curiosity Daily - Discovery, Inc.

eLife podcast - eLife Sciences Publications

Finger on the Pulse - National Health Executive, Cognitive Publishing

New Scientist Weekly - New Scientist

Sharp Scratch - The BMJ

Stereo Chemistry - American Chemical Society

The Nature Podcast - Springer Nature

BEST SPONSORED PODCAST

Energy Voice Out Loud - Energy Voice, DC Thomson Media

Engineering Matters - Reby Media

olive magazine podcast - Immediate Media

Small Steps, Big Impact - Mail Metro Media

The Dirt - Grow Your Own, DC Thomson Media

The Upgrade - SUITCASE Group

BEST SPORT PODCAST

B/R Football Ranks - Bleacher Report

Deeper Blue Podcast - Deeper Blue

Kings of Anglia - Archant Suffolk

The Bunkered Golf Podcast - Bunkered, DC Thomson Media

The Pinkun.com Norwich City Podcast - Archant

Twa Teams, One Street - The Evening Telegraph, DC Thomson Media

BEST TECHNOLOGY PODCAST

The IT Pro Podcast - Dennis Publishing

Track Talk - Rail Technology Magazine, Cognitive Publishing

All Things Photonics - Laurin Publishing

Engineering Matters - Reby Media

In Machines We Trust - MIT Technology Review

The PC Pro Podcast - Dennis Publishing

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