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Podcasting, Seriously Newsletter from LWC Studios
Curated and written by Kori Doran.

February 2, 2023

Podcasters, Podcastees, Podcastemos,

First off, we hope everyone has a wonderful Black History month! This edition is packed with a myriad of tips, workshops, and resources to help you remain productive amongst all of the events going on this month. Superbowl weekend, Valentines Day, Mardi Gras– we're here to help you work hard, so you can podcast harder. 

*We'd also like to make a correction to our last newsletter. Congratulations to our clients at NACAC (not NACAP) for having their podcast, College Admissions Decoded listed on Forbes 2023 Top College Admission Resources. Created by NACAC and produced by LWC Studios, each episode breaks down facts, myths, and rules of engagement for today’s college landscape.


Brought to you by our very own Managing Producer, Paulina Velasco, this week's Podhack is for our interviewers and podcast hosts. It can be important to ask your guests to repeat themselves when you think they may have spoken through a siren, a loud noise, or stumbled on a phrase. Paulina's trick is to try and jot down what they said, and time her interruption so it comes after they finish their answer (if they're close to finishing) or jump right in during the next phrase so they can pick it up afterward. She says something along the lines of, "I'm so sorry to interrupt, you said something really insightful that I want to make sure we have a good recording of, and I'm worried I heard a noise in the background. We want to make sure our listeners can hear what you said...Do you mind picking up from 'xyz' or repeating what you said here, that 'xyz'? Thank you!" You'll end up kicking yourself when you hear the recording if the best nugget of advice, insight, or analysis is lost because they stumbled on pronunciation or talked through an A/C unit turning on!

What We're Into 

  • Register for the online workshop Presentation is Everything: Making Pitch Decks That Hook led by Film Fatales member Jenny Deller (writer-director of Future Weather and producer of Claire in Motion) and moderated by Sekiya Dorsett (director of Stonewall 50). Friday, February 3rd from 2-3p PST.
  • Check out Sound Off the Ground, a sound-design newsletter for new podcasters by Lori Mortimer, podcaster, sound designer, and member of Hub & Spoke. Lori is a long-time friend of LWC and a supporting member of Podcasting, Seriously community since our first webinar.
  • has launched its own report about the future of video podcasting for brands. It’s free, ungated, and offers 25+ slides of pure insights and tactics. Check it out.
  • Need a leg-up on creating a social media strategy? Or maybe a refresh to your current scheduled posts? Libsyn, a youtube channel for podcasters shared, "How Variety Works in Social Media Posts" with tips for promoting your podcast on social media.
  • Be a guest on our show! If you're an adult child of immigrants or first-gen, we want to hear about your experience having difficult conversations across cultural and generational lines. A full list of episodes for How to Talk to [Mami and Papi] about Anything can be found here. Contact our producer Virginia Lora to be featured on the show.
Alvin HallIDA Teach Out: Narrative Justice
How do you make a film about the experience of incarceration? Given the complexities of consent and power, what are the ethics this work requires? What is an ethic of narrative reparation? Filmmaker Adamu Chan thinks through these questions with award-winning filmmakers Brett Story, Jasmín Mara Lopez, and co-host and co-producer of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated podcast “Ear Hustle” Rahsaan Thomas. Register for the event here.

Call for Pitches 

LWC Studios Invites Pitches for New Investigative Podcast about Latina Health and Lifetime Outcomes in Greater Chicago Area. LWC Studios will begin production on its next investigative narrative podcast in early 2023. The series will be an open-source investigative podcast with documentary-style episodes that chronicle the health, wellness, and life outcomes of Latinas aged 0-100+ in the United States. Learn more.

Podcasting, Seriously at Home 

Access our on-demand collection. Easy-to-watch, online webinars featuring in-depth presentations covering a full range of podcasting skills, from launch, production, growth and more.

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What We're Listening To 

From Us:
  • On the latest episode of Latina to Latina, Adrienne Bailon-Houghton chats with host, Alicia Menendez, and shares her journey through fame, fertility, and surrogacy. From starting in her church choir to pop stardom and now co-host of The Real, Adrienne commits to showing up authentically in faith, family, and hard work. She wouldn't change a thing.

Creator Spotlight 

Alvin HallJasmine M. Ellis (she/her) is an award-winning audio journalist and archival researcher. She is pursuing her second master's in history, concentrating on public history and African American women’s history at Howard University. Jasmine’s intellectual interests include Black women’s experiences and contributions during the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement.

Most recently, she was an associate producer at Slate Podcasts. In this role, Jasmine worked on several shows, including as an archival researcher for the award-winning podcast, Slow Burn: The L.A. Riots. She has a background in public radio, having reported and produced stories for Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson and WHYY in Philadelphia. Jasmine also worked as the podcast specialist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She produced the Access Atlanta: Things to do in Atlanta podcast and hosted a dispatch from Stacey Abrams’ election night watch party for the Politically Georgia podcast while at the publication.

Jasmine’s an alumna of Spelman College and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, a 2022 IWMF Lauren Brown Fellow, a 2021 IWMF Women to Watch Round-Up selectee, a 2020 IWMF Gwen Ifill Fellow, a 2019 AIR New Voices Scholar, and a 2016 White House Correspondents' Association scholarship recipient. In 2015, she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Learn more about Jasmine here.
Let us know who we should feature next! We highlight creatives working in the podcasting industry and would love to feature you — yes you! Send us an email with your name, headshot, and a short bio to be included in an upcoming edition.

Community Offers 

Cool stuff our podcast friends want to give us! If you have a community offer, please email us.
  • Use promo code "seriously" at checkout to receive $40 (or one month) off on SquadCast.
  • Receive 50% off your first two months on Simplecast by following this link and entering code "ONSIMPLECAST."
  • Use promo code “buzzsprout” for 50% off your Riverside subscription when you sign up for a new account.
  • Get two months free podcast hosting on Acast by following this link and using code "LWC."
The Podcasting, Seriously Awards FundGet Refunded for Audio Training and Award Fees!
We're on a mission with AIR, Pacific Content, AcastTriton Digital, and Sounds Profitable to support BIPOC and LGBTQ+ independent audio creators in submitting work to awards and receiving education and training in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia. Applications accepted year-round. Learn more about the Podcasting, Seriously Awards Fund, apply, and support.
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