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Shortlist announced for The Publisher Podcast Awards 2021

Over 100 podcasts have made the shortlist for the second year of the Publisher Podcast Awards demonstrating the resilience and innovation of publishers in the audio space, despite a challenging year.

New categories for the second year of the awards include Best Coronavirus Podcast, Best Launch and Best Commercial Strategy. These have given publishers the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity in creating informative content for their audiences, as well as highlighting those publishers forging a path to financial sustainability through podcasting.

The winning podcasts will be decided by a line-up of more than 45 judges from around the world, from organizations including Axios, Google, Vox Media, The Reuters Institute, WNIP, and more.

The winners will be revealed in a virtual celebration on Wednesday 21st April 2021. The Media Voices team have decided to experiment with a ‘pay-what-you-want’ ticketing model, ensuring that no one is excluded on the basis of affordability.

Esther Kezia Thorpe, co-founder, says: “We’ve been really encouraged by the continued improvement in standards, growth, and monetization strategies, as well as the sheer volume of new launches.”

Peter Houston, co-founder, adds: “It’s been amazing to find out about publishers putting so much work into keeping their podcasts going through lockdowns and to hear the lengths people have gone to in order to keep their audio quality up and the conversation flowing. This year’s Coronavirus category also highlights just how quickly publishers can move when there’s a job to be done.”

Publisher Podcast Hero of the Year 2021

Velo Mitrovich – Reby Media

Laura Mueller – Euromoney

Rowan Hooper – New Scientist

Theodora Louloudis – The Telegraph

Jack Meegan-Vickers – Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Fleur Rollet-Manus – SUITCASE Group

Ollie Guillou – Freelance contractor / New Scientist

Pierre Bienaimé – Digiday Media

Ailsa Cowen – Rail Technology Magazine

Best Commercial Strategy

1: Airfinance Journal Week in Review – Euromoney Plc

2: Energy Voice Out Loud – DC Thomson Media

3: Engineering Matters – Reby Media

4: Finger on the Pulse – National Health Executive

5: Public Sector Voices – Public Sector Executive

6: Scran – Laudable / JPI Media

7: The Dirt – Grow Your Own, DC Thomson Media

8: Track Talk – Rail Technology Magazine

Best Podcast Launch

1: Author In Your Classroom – Plazoom, DC Thomson Media

2: Finger on the Pulse – National Health Executive

3: In Machines We Trust – MIT Technology Review

4: New Scientist Weekly – New Scientist

5: Planet Normal – The Telegraph

6: Stories of our times – Wireless Studios / The Times and Sunday Times

7: The Car Throttle Podcast – Dennis Publishing

8: The Dirt – Grow Your Own, DC Thomson Media

9: The Upgrade by SUITCASE Magazine – SUITCASE Magazine

Best B2B Podcast

1: The Media Navigators – The World Media Group

2: The Product Experience – Mind the Product

3: Airfinance Journal Week in Review – Euromoney Plc

4: Engineering Matters – Reby Media

5: Journalism.co.uk podcast – Journalism.co.uk

6: The Global Franchise Podcast – DC Thomson Media

7: The Glossy Podcast – Digiday Media

8: The IT Pro Podcast – Dennis Publishing

9: Energy Voice Out Loud – DC Thomson Media

Best Coronavirus Podcast

1: Alone Together – A Coronavirus Podcast – Laudable

2: Care Home Management magazine podcast – S&A Publishing

3: Coronavirus: The Latest – The Telegraph

4: Engineering Matters – Reby Media

5: The Big Miss You – The Big Issue

6: The Impact: Coronavirus and Organized Crime – Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

7: The Nature Podcast – Springer Nature

Best Entertainment Podcast

1: Author In Your Classroom – DC Thomson Media

2: Beatles City – Liverpool Echo, Reach Plc

3: Biscuits & Jam – Meredith Corporation

4: Pathfinders Podcast – 99 Percent Lifestyle

5: The Penguin Podcast – Penguin Random House

Best Food & Drink Podcast

1: olive magazine podcast – Immediate Media

2: Scran – JPI Media, Laudable

3: The Food Programme – BBC Radio 4

Best Health & Wellbeing Podcast

1: Bump, Baby and Beyond – Emma’s Diary

2: Going for Goal – Women’s Health, Hearst UK

3: Mad World – The Telegraph

4: The ECHO’s Menopod – Liverpool Echo, Laudable

Best Hobbies & Special Interest Podcast

1: Factor Two – UKClimbing

2: Radio Astronomy – BBC Sky at Night Magazine, Immediate Media

3: The Dirt –  Grow Your Own, DC Thomson Media

4: The Week in Art – The Art Newspaper

5: Big Brains – University of Chicago News

6: Reasonably Speaking – The American Law Institute

7: The Bunkered Golf Podcast – DC Thomson Media

8: The Plodcast – Immediate Media

Best Lifestyle Podcast

1: We Are Family – Meredith Corporation

2: Bump, Baby and Beyond – Emma’s Diary

3: Real Fix – SWNS

4: The Dirt – Grow Your Own, DC Thomson Media

5: The Upgrade – SUITCASE Magazine

6: Who Cares Wins with Lily Cole – Penguin Random House

Best Limited Series

1: Crossfire – The Telegraph

2: Floodlines – The Atlantic

3: In Machines We Trust – MIT Technology Review

4: My mother’s murder – Tortoise Media

5: The Anthill – The Conversation

6: The Brink – Liverpool Echo, Laudable

7: Unfair – Digiday Media

8: Unfinished – Shoebury’s Lost Boys – Archant

9: Weekend Bigots – JPI Media, Laudable

Best Local & Community Podcast

1: Liminal – Liverpool Echo, Laudable

2: Northern Goal – The Press & Journal and Evening Express, DC Thomson Media

3: Talking Australia – Australian Geographic

4: The Courier Talking Football – The Courier, DC Thomson Media

5: The Door County Pulse Podcast – The Peninsula Pulse

6: The Edinburgh Briefing – JPI Media, Laudable

7: The North in Numbers – Manchester Evening News, Laudable

8: Twa Teams, One Street – The Evening Telegraph, DC Thomson Media

Best News Podcast

1: Planet Normal – The Telegraph

2: The Stooshie – DC Thomson Media

3: The Week Unwrapped – Dennis Publishing

4: World Review – The New Statesman

Best Political Podcast

1: Public Sector Voices – Public Sector Executive

2: The New European Podcast – Archant

3: The New Statesman Podcast – The New Statesman

4: The North Poll – Manchester Evening News, Laudable

5: The Stooshie – DC Thomson Media

Best Science & Medical Podcast

1: All Things Photonics – Laurin Publishing

2: Curiosity Daily – Discovery, Inc.

3: eLife podcast – eLife Sciences Publications

4: Finger on the Pulse – National Health Executive, Cognitive Publishing

5: New Scientist Weekly – New Scientist

6: Sharp Scratch – The BMJ

7: Stereo Chemistry – American Chemical Society

8: The Nature Podcast – Springer Nature

Best Sponsored Podcast

1: Energy Voice Out Loud – Energy Voice, DC Thomson Media

2: Engineering Matters – Reby Media

3: olive magazine podcast – Immediate Media

4: Small Steps, Big Impact – Mail Metro Media

5: The Dirt – Grow Your Own, DC Thomson Media

6: The Upgrade – SUITCASE Group

Best Sport Podcast

1: B/R Football Ranks – Bleacher Report

2: Deeper Blue Podcast – Deeper Blue

3: Kings of Anglia – Archant Suffolk

4: The Bunkered Golf Podcast – Bunkered, DC Thomson Media

5: The Pinkun.com Norwich City Podcast – Archant

6: Twa Teams, One Street – The Evening Telegraph, DC Thomson Media

Best Technology Podcast

1: The IT Pro Podcast – Dennis Publishing

2: Track Talk – Rail Technology Magazine, Cognitive Publishing

3: All Things Photonics – Laurin Publishing

4: Engineering Matters – Reby Media

5: In Machines We Trust – MIT Technology Review

6: The PC Pro Podcast – Dennis Publishing