This post lists ten podcast newsletters that I personally subscribe to. Most are delivered by email, with most being published weekly plus a few daily ones. Some of the newsletters are aimed at those in the podcasting industry, discussing the latest news and developments. Others aim to help podcast listeners discover more podcasts to listen to or provide insights on popular podcasts and podcast hosts.
UPDATED 23rd May 2020
I should note that some of these are focused on radio and are not just podcast newsletters. There is a big crossover between the radio and podcasting industries and it is possible that eventually we will just talk about digital audio and not differentiate between the two.
As an update to this post I have included a section for podcast newsletters that are about the art of podcasting itself.
The list is in no particular order but I have tried to separate them by the likely audiences.
Podcasting Industry Newsletters
James produces a weekly email newsletter on the future of radio. He describes himself as a radio futurologist and focused on the impact that new technology is having on the global radio industry. The newsletter often includes articles on podcasting and James has his own short-form podcast covering some of the best stories he comes across.
Launched in June 2017 by James Cridland this second newsletter is available online or by email and provides daily updates for the podcast and on-demand audio industry. The newsletter curates online articles related to podcasting and the latest news, developments and events in the industry. James also produced a daily podcast with the same name.
The RAIN Daily Digest email newsletter covers the radio and digital music industries. It consists of a mix of original content and curated articles about the future of radio and the emergence of streaming audio. Articles on podcasting often feature in the newsletter and includes a weekly feature called The Download on Podcasts which covers the development of podcasting.
The daily media.info email curates the latest media news as well as changes at radio stations and jobs in the industry. There is the occasional article on podcasting and some of the job vacancies advertised may be of interest to podcasters.
Tom Taylor Now Tom produces a daily newsletter that is more aimed at those in radio management. It is mostly US-focused but does cover key stories from other countries. Radio-related podcasting stories often make an appearance.
Podcasting author, consultant and host of the Podcast Report, Paul Colligan, produces a weekly email newsletter. Paul curates the best of his own content along with other news and developments from the podcasting industry. Unfortunately, this newsletter is not available in Europe at present.
Probably the podcast newsletter with the biggest following. Nick Quah takes a super granular look at podcast news. He focuses a lot on ex-NPR people, but his ability to get everyone on the phone, and the actual journalism he does, makes it a must-read if you are interested in the commercial side of podcasting rather than the independents.
There are two options with this podcast newsletter. The weekly free version provides lots of news and information but there is an option to subscribe to Hot Pod Pro for just a few dollars a month. Hot Pod Pro gives more news and analysis, as well as a members-only forum and is published twice a week.
Podcast Business Journal
A daily newsletter about podcasters and podcasting. Podcast Business Journal covers the the latest developments in the podcast world and includes both news and articles on topics of interest.
From the organisers of the Podcast Movement conference, this is a daily newsletter bringing podcast news, curated stories, and industry announcements.
Podcast Newsletters for Listeners
Bello Collective is a group of writers, journalists, and podcasters who share a passion for audio storytelling. The collective publishes Bello Weekly, not surprisingly, a weekly email newsletter covering news from the audio industry and podcast listening recommendations.
YSLTF (‘You Should Listen To’ Friday)
Sam Greenspan produces a weekly roundup of radio related stories but often includes podcast related content. Sam previously worked for NPR and teaches live podcasting courses in San Francisco.
Published every two months, this is an impressive digital magazine (over 100 full-colour pages) featuring in-depth interviews with key figures in the podcasting industry, podcast reviews and much more. The magazine is aimed at podcast listeners and helps them learn more about their favourite podcasts and discover new ones.
Provides a weekly newsletter recommending a new show they believe their subscribers will be interested in listening to.
A podcast newsletter with a focus on individual episodes, providing three recommended podcast episodes every Wednesday.
A weekly newsletter that curates and recommends podcasts for women, about women, by women.
Newsletters about Podcasting
This group of newsletters cover how to podcast, the latest industry developments and more.
The Podcasting Newsletter
Spreaker provide tools covering every step of the podcasting process, from recording and broadcasting to analytics. Their newsletter covers the latest news in the podcasting industry as well as podcasting tips.
Pod to Pod
The PodToPod weekly email newsletter focuses on news, trends and events in the Podcasting Industry. They also have a Slack group with daily postings including event listings, podcast jobs, tools, resources and advice.
Which podcast newsletters do you subscribe to? Do let me know in the comments so I can expand this list.