News podcasts are not something new, but several Spanish-language news podcasts in the United States are settling in like any other news podcast in the nation.
According to Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel: “the principles and purpose of journalism are defined by something more basic: the function news plays in the lives of people.” In order to achieve this goal, journalists through different media provide the community with information.
A Reuters Institute Digital News Report study shows that podcasting is a global phenomenon. Of those surveyed, 36% listen to podcasts at least once a month and about 15% listen to new podcasts.
There are different types of news podcasts, some produce news on a daily basis, others focus on historical milestones, some are broadcast on a daily or semi-daily basis, others every week, or seasonally. Each news podcast can range from 3 minutes to just over 1 hour.
Radio Ambulante – NPR
Radio Ambulante’s goal is to “tell the stories of Latin America in Spanish. We seek to bring the aesthetics of good written press chronicles to the radio.” It has the focus to identify problems in Latin American society. Its production is weekly but it is divided by seasons. As of 2020, Radio Ambulante has 10 seasons and continues to air.
My favorite episodes:
The Room that Was a Brain (1971; Santiago, Chile)
This episode tells the story of the communications system sketch in the government of Salvador Allende, in which raw material production could be measured in real time with the government to make instant decisions.
The Longest Night (November 6th, 1985; Bogota, Colombia)
The paramilitary group, M-19, takes the Colombian Palace of Justice, and together with that, they have several hostages on different floors. The government automatically takes action, but the process to find and verify the identity of the corpses after the event is still uncertain.
El Washington Post (Washington Post)
The Washington Post is a news podcast that occurs two to four times a week. Its objective is “to explain why things happen, not only the protagonists of the news, but those who know what is behind it, will participate as guests.” But it is not only summarized in exposing Hispanic issues, but also issues of a global nature.
My favorite episodes:
The Trump vs. Biden. The George W. Bush vs. Al Gore The Story 20 Years Ago (November 4th, 2020):
In this episode the producers explain the entire electoral process in the United States in addition to the historical milestones in the voting.
This episode demonstrates how the government of Mexico is probably not substantiating the death toll from COVID-19. Meanwhile El Salvador’s president was making deals with the MS-13 to improve security in the country. In this episode, the podcast begins to double its production frequency. Before it was published twice a week, now it is published four times a week.
There are other podcasts in Spanish, whose frequency of publication is daily, semi-daily or weekly; divided during seasons or nonstop, they continue to inform Hispanic audiences inside and outside the United States.
There are other news podcasts like CNN, El Hilo, Politiqueando (with Carlos Chirinos). It should be noted that in Latin America, many information sources have their own podcast depending on their region.
The news is fundamental in our daily routine, the podcast craze is growing and digital journalism is emerging on this new platform.