Greetings all, I want to follow up on the post Yelena started about where to go with H-Podcast next. So my intention here is to start a discussion about things we can be doing and something I am interested in seeing is a Podcast Reviews program.
Can I hear from people who think we could and should have a reviews program that reviews podcasts?
Yelena and I have talked about this in the past and we have been chewing on a few things concerning it, we have mostly questions and not answers but if any of you have an opinion please share.
These are the things I think we need to consider to launch a podcast review program:
a. Academic podcasts reviews-Obviously there are podcast which aim to introduce academic content to subscribers so I think reviewing this type of content would be easy it would like reviewing a film or TV program to some extent and these types of reviews exist as models.
b. Non-Academic podcasts reviews—this is tricky, we could review podcasts that are for niche or commercial audiences that more places what they are trying to do into a larger cultural context as a means of pointing people to connect to it as opposed to a critical critique as an academic review might. Say the difference between an academic journal review of a book and a New York Times Book review of the same book, something like that.
c. For podcasts that have a sundown date, meaning they are not ongoing year after year, it would be easy to review this as a final piece. But serial content we could review the podcast at a certain point, and return to it with a new review later on. With something like Serial this would be easy because each season is a different topic, but say something like the Slate Culture Gabfest if someone were to review that a different reviewer could return years later with a new review.
d. Along the lines of the idea above, we could also review specific episodes as opposed to the entire podcast.
e. Many of us produce podcasts ourselves, so I would really like us to have a venue for review or at least reflection on this work we are doing, and I am not sure there is a reviews program for podcasts. I have approached some academic journals who have thus far passed on reviewing podcasts, so I think we can take this charge.
Please share your thoughts on this. Is this a next step for us?