There's this YouTuber I like, CGP Grey, who makes fantastic educational content on YouTube. He, along with Brady Haran of the YouTube channel Numberphile (along with apparently countless other channels), decided to make an absolutely awesome podcast called Hello Internet. It's very much, as they put it, a "two dudes talking" kind of podcast that makes you feel like you're the fly on the wall of two rather intelligent people having interesting, or at the very least entertaining, conversations.
This awesome podcast, and the time I have to spend on the bus everyday, made me decide to check out the podcasting world in general. Given my obvious interest in Canadian politics, this was one of the first things I punched into the fancy podcast search engines. A podcast called CANADALAND was pumped out of the search engine, presumably about Canada in some way. Turns out it's primarily about journalism in Canada. Along with that, Jesse Brown covers things that other journalists seem to pass up.
Another podcast I've gotten into recently, I actually found through one of my favourite journalists, Justin Ling is a freelance journalist who provides the public with the service of quality journalism through fantastic long form pieces, and through the Twitter. He's also the host of a podcast about all of Canadian, Quebec, and Montreal politics called Some Honourable Members. I like the show a lot. It has the standard panel model used by a bunch of television programs, except these guys don't hold back. The fact that none of the personalities on this show are partisan activists really makes the show more interesting because, unlike what I could watch on CTV, CBC, or Global, I'm not just hearing the same party talking points spouted by alternating voices.
Listening to these podcasts has got me thinking about making one. And consuming as much media as I do has made me think more critically about journalism in general. Quality, professional journalism is definitely preferable, but this makes me wonder about the place of citizen journalism in general.