You may or may not have noticed lately that podcasts are essentially taking over the world. Not really, but the traction they have been gaining in recent times has been exponential.

Podcasts are Australia’s fastest growing content medium with a whopping 54% of users admitting to purchasing something after hearing about it on a podcast. The massive and ongoing steady growth is a result of our exhaustion of screens, podcasts production value and the constant access to the internet and its’ mobility. The once exciting new world of scrolling for hours on your computer or phone screen has begun to fade with a dramatic rise of video popularity steering away from the historical characteristics of the Internet.

Podcasts now represent a rather refreshing alternative by gaining access to genuine human connection, something that has been lacking by allowing the listener to feel like they are right there with the recording. Not only that, it frees up so much more time to do other tasks.

Now what does this have to do with me? (You may be asking) Well whether you’re an aspiring media professional looking to jump on the podcast bandwagon or if you’re just someone who is sick of staring at a screen for countless hours, there’s a whole lot we can learn from podcasts.

Science, radio, conversational, inspirational, informational – you name it there’s a podcast for it. So, without further ado here’s our top five favourite podcasts (right now)!

Ladies, we need to talk

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Host Yumi Stynes dives headfirst into topics that most women avoid – nothing is off limits! Ladies, we need to talk is a podcast for women, by women. Available on iTunes and ABC Radio.

 

 

 

Conversations

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You never know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes. Conversations allows you to spend an hour in someone else’s life, someone you may have heard about, but never met. Host, Richard Fidler explores “what drives us as humans to do the things we do” every weekday.  Available on iTunes and ABC Radio.

 

 

Hamish & Andy

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If you don’t have a car or don’t drive anywhere from 4-7pm weekdays, don’t fret! You can catch all daily live broadcasts on Google play or the Podcast app that Apple won’t allow you to delete.

 

 

Fourth Estate

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A show where journalists talk about journalism. With a rotating panel of experts and journalists from Fairfax Media, News Corp, The Guardian and a number of independent media outlet guests, they join together in discussion to confess, gossip and review the media, as they know it. Available on their website or on iTunes.

 

 

Chat 10 Looks 3

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Personalities Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales, chat about life, politics, music, and whatever tickles their fancy. There are show tunes, insights and a lot of laugh-out-loud moments between two of Australia’s most renowned media personnel’s. Catch them on their website or on iTunes.

 

 

Podcasts could be the future of your media and communications career, so you may as well jump on it while it’s hot!

By Rebecca Purcell

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