London Podcast Festival programmer Zoë Jeyes is never not listening to a pod

Hi everyone,

I’ve been having the busiest August of my life. How is it the 21st already?!

However hectic my month is, though, it’s not a patch on that of my latest guest Zoë Jeyes, for sure.

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I interviewed @zozrat, the #londonpodfest programmer, on all things #podcast 🎧🎧🎧 what to expect from this year's fest and how she got it started in the first place, waaay back in 2016.
Don't forget that @freelancepod has a live recording at the fest on Sat 7th Sept, at 2pm. You can find out more and buy tickets by using the link in the bio. Join usssssssss 🎤🎤🎤😂😂😂
August 20, 2019

Producer & Programmer of the London Podcast Festival (as well as Deputy Managing Director and Comedy Programmer of Kings Place), Zoë invited me to pop into her office for a chat about the history of the venue and festival, what she thinks make a good podcast and live show, plus an insight into just how dedicated she is to discovering new and exciting podcasts!

The line-up includes podding stars like Adam Buxton, Richard Herring and The Guilty Feminist but with 60 live shows, there are loads of new voices to discover as well.

You can peruse the line-up and buy tickets here, and of course the Freelance Pod show page is here.

Listen now!

Things I’ve been writing / making / doing

You can get a copy at the print launch party (I’ll be there) on 12th September, and online pre-orders will be available soon…

Remember their Guardian Weekend takeover last year? That pink Michaela Coel cover! Iconic is the word.

Things I’ve been reading

Things I’ve been watching

Things I’ve been listening to

That’s all from me this week! x

Former Sunday Times Style editor Jackie Annesley on swapping newspapers for tech

Hi all,

It was a delight to speak to Jackie Annesley about her career in newspapers and her pivot to tech, as Creative Director of Soda Says.

Jackie has edited sections of the Daily Mail, Evening Standard and Sunday Times. In her last journalism role as editor of the Sunday Times Style magazine, she commissioned the PanDolly podcast from two of her columnists, Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton. After they both left the newspaper, the podcast became… The High Low.

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***UPDATE: POD LIVE NOW *** I'm editing Jackie Annesley's #podcast episode right now, will update when it's out! #TalkTechToMe @soda.says @theststyle
August 11, 2019

Jackie’s got great tales from the glory days of newspapers (£10,000 budget for one weekend anyone?), an insiders’ understanding of how quickly and how completely the internet has changed journalism and useful, timeless advice on what makes for good writing.

You can also listen to Jackie on her own podcast, interviewing star guests about their relationships with their mobile phones. It’s called Talk Tech To Me, and the first episode with Anne Robinson is a real highlight. You can sign up for her weekly Soda Says newsletter too.

Excited to hear Jackie on Freelance Pod? You should be!

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Date for your diary

  • If you’re a Rise and Shine regular, look out for details of a podcaster meet-up in London on 23rd August.

Things I’ve been writing / making / doing

Things I’ve been reading

Things I’ve been listening to

That’s all for this week! x

Matt Cooke of Google News Labs still buys his local newspaper - Freelance Pod 31

Hi all,

It’s too hot outside, politics is the worst and yeah… if now’s not the time to queue up 239 podcast episodes on your phone, when is?

For something soothing, try this podcast that’s just birdsong (found via Podnews).

On Freelance Pod this week, I speak to Matt Cooke, Head of Training and Partnerships at Google News Labs, and once a presenter for 60 Second News on BBC Three, among other roles for the broadcaster.

After a training session on data and digital journalism at Google’s central London headquarters last month, Matt and I found a balcony to record on, and we talked about all things journalism, digital and in between.

My favourite bit of the episode is finding out that Matt still buys his local newspaper, the Ham & High, even though he trains journalists all over the world how to use Google’s tools for digital storytelling. That’s where we’re at right now in journalism’s shift from analogue to digital; imagine explaining it to someone in 30 years’ time.

You can find Freelance Pod everywhere, here are a few links to help you out:

Things I’ve been doing

Click through the above picture to Insta for a snippet of Episode 30, featuring Abdulwahab Tahhan, being played in front of an audience at EastCast Away in Dalston last week. It was completely magical to sit in a tiny enchanted garden in east London and see people close their eyes and really *listen* to your work. Ahhhh.

If you’re making audio and would like to try it out on a real live audience, I highly recommend following them and submitting your work.

Other than that, I’m waiting for some things to get published, especially a piece on grief dreams in print. Pitching a bit. It’s just too hot to freelance.

Things I’ve been enjoying

Coming up on the podcast

Next week, it’s Jackie Annesley, who’s had a long and exciting career in journalism. Among many other things, she’s edited the Sunday Times Style magazine; in her time there, she commissioned the PanDolly podcast, which has now become, yes, The High Low. Jackie’s now pivoted to tech, as Creative Director at start-up Soda Says, and she presents Talk Tech to Me, with a variety of starry guests.

Good luck to everyone just trying to get through this week. Until the next one… x

Freelance Pod at EastCast Away on Thursday!

If you're in east London then, pop down to Dalston for some audio


Firstly - I’ve moved over to Substack, thanks to a well-timed tweet from Anna Codrea-Rado, aka The Professional Freelancer. The new sign-up url is if you’d like to pass it on.

Secondly - a little snippet of Freelance Pod will be played at this week’s EastCast Away Open Mic night at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.

Thirdly - I’ve had a deadline extension on a piece for The Times / Raconteur about robotics and automation in biopharma research, if you know anyone I should be peaking to for that!

Fourthly - Anna Behrmann and Thea de Gallier’s investigation into anti-semitism at UK universities for BBC Three is a must-read.

Thanks for reading this midweek missive, hope you like the new look, and I’ll write again when I’ve got a new pod episode out! x

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