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The podcast revolution happened. Now what?

Since Fall 2014 and the release of the groundbreaking programme Serial, podcasting has become extremely buzz-worthy. Although the format has existed for over a decade, the market of audio storytelling is coming into its own and advertisers' interest could make it a profitable affair. In this longform interview, we asked Siobhan MacHugh, an award-winning storyteller, what makes a good podcast and what trends will shape the industry in 2016.

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Why did the Madaya crisis go unreported for six months?

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Madaya is a small city in southwestern Syria that has been under siege by government forces and Hezbollah fighters since July. Its inhabitants’ limited access to food and resources led to a dire state of starvation that is only now making the headlines, six months after it started. Why did international news organisations took so long to get on the story? What ethical issues does this situation…

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"Stay on the Story"

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Natalia Antelava worked as a correspondent for the BBC in Central Asia, Middle East and the U.S. for many years. In 2014 she won the Startups for News competition organised by GEN with her nonprofit startup Coda, a single subject reporting platform. Together with co-founder Ilan Greenberg (The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times) and Abigail Fielding-Smith (Financial Times) they launched Coda’s pilot project Russia’s War on LGBTQ Rights in January 2016. In this longform interview, Natalia discusses the current state of global news reporting, editorial innovation, crowdfunding journalism and the genesis of Coda.

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