Radio was the dominant form of entertainment and news for decades but it lost its prominence as new forms of media — TV, the Internet — came along. For a minute we thought it was on a fast decline to the point of extinction. However a recent boom in the podcast industry proved that radio is well and alive, it just changed its stripes.
Anyone with access to some basic tools can produce a podcast from anywhere and anyone with access to the Internet can listen to it anywhere, making podcasting a very accessible medium, for both hosts and listeners.
An example of a podcast that lies within the realm of audio citizen journalism is "The Kitchen Sisters Present". Hosted by two independent producers, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, their stories are also broadcasted on radio networks.
They present series on a multitude of people and topics: a hidden Palestinian kitchen that brings the conflicted American and Palestinian communities together, the death of traditional Japanese diet in American internment camps during WWII being another topic.
These stories capture the daily lives of people who don't always get the chance to be in the limelight, they are stories that matter. More projects like these ought to be produced, and the already existing ones should come forth more.
What would you like to hear podcasts about?