So you’ve come to the realization that you’re not Jonathan Van Ness or one of the Two Dope Queens, but you still want to host your own fabulous podcast? Turns out you can! Creating and recording a podcast is easier than ever, but how do you find your voice and set yourself apart when new podcasts are being launched every day? From selecting your beat to establishing your format, each decision along the way is critical in establishing your behind-the-mic brand. Ask our panel of podcasters how they got started on their own podcast projects and what you can do to establish your own voice.
Speakers: Sarah Burke, Christina Cauterucci, Sonari Glinton, Laura Sydell
SARAH BURKE is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work focuses on art, identity, social justice, technology, and the intersections therein. She is currently Identity Editor at VICE, where she has led award-winning projects such as the Gender Spectrum Collection and the Trans Legends oral history archive. She is also co-host and creator of the Ellie-nominated podcast, “Queerly Beloved.”
CHRISTINA CAUTERUCCI is a staff writer at Slate, where she covers gender, politics and culture. She hosts “The Waves,” a podcast about women and feminism and “Outward,” a podcast about LGBTQ culture. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, HuffPost, Washington City Paper and NPR. A two-time Georgetown University graduate, Cauterucci lives in Washington, D.C.
A reporter and producer, SONARI GLINTON, the founder of DeLite! Media, served as a correspondent on NPR’s Business Desk and the ground-breaking NPR podcast “Planet Money.” Glinton began in journalism as producer at WBEZ followed by NPR’s “All Things Considered.” He also began a more than decade-long relationship with Youth Radio, mentoring, teaching and reporting NPR stories with teens. Glinton has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting for his role in uncovering abuse and corruption in Cook County juvenile system, which led to widespread reform in the system. Most recently he received the Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting into President Trump’s business practices. He serves as an adviser to The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University.
LAURA SYDELL has spent nearly thirty years in journalism and most of the last 20 covering the tech that’s changing our lives for NPR. Her stories and investigations take the esoteric and mundane of Silicon Valley and bring it down to Earth. Laura’s groundbreaking and award-winning reporting has ranged from watching the launch of the iPhone, to breaking the story on patent trolls for the Planet Money podcast, and listening to more startup pitches than a VC funder. Laura began her illustrious career at NPR’s largest member station, WNYC, and as the senior technology reporter for American Public Media’s popular radio program, “Marketplace.”