Nicholas Quah, Nieman Lab

Nicholas Quah

Nieman Lab

New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Nicholas:

Vice is bringing in a big audio team to do new kinds of podcasts — from a daily news show to a seasonal series » Nieman Journalism Lab

Plus: The BBC's problems with race continue, Freakonomics Radio expands, Spotify is hiring for a head of audiobooks, and what it's like to make a sports podcast right now. → Read More

How do you run a fun membership drive in sad pandemic times? Maximum Fun has some ideas » Nieman Journalism Lab

Plus: What Spotify wants premium advertising to sound like, claims of systemic racism at PRX, BBC pushes for podcast audiences in Africa, and can Serial stay special? → Read More

Back to school: A new podcast trendlet is shows explaining public schools and public housing » Nieman Journalism Lab

Plus: What the Times paid for Serial, Spotify thinks that what podcasts need is more video, Headgum raises $2 million, transnational Asian podcasts, and more. → Read More

“Take after take just gets nuked”: Podcaster parents, working from home while caring for kids, are burning out » Nieman Journalism Lab

Plus: A look at how the pandemic has affected podcast advertising in the U.S., and SiriusXM's acquisition of Stitcher is official. → Read More

NPR launches an afternoon news podcast to complement its morning one, and it hopes you’ll listen to both » Nieman Journalism Lab

Plus: A mid-year podcast check-in. → Read More

Amid cutbacks in public radio, WBUR faces questions about revenue, unionizing, and diversity » Nieman Journalism Lab

"Ultimately, we need to be able to monetize audio in all its platforms, in all its forms. As we think about how to move forward, we want our thinking about podcasts to be something that the entire organization is invested in." → Read More

Podcasts about race are climbing the charts, and coronavirus shows drop out » Nieman Journalism Lab

Plus: How the Equality in Audio Pact came together, and Apple rolls out an exclusive show. → Read More

When you leave a company, can you take your podcast with you? Here’s how one team did it » Nieman Journalism Lab

Plus: More thoughts on Joe Rogan and Spotify, the BBC releases its annual plan, and Spotify is reportedly going after podcasts again. → Read More

Can Pushkin Industries bring the podcast and audiobook audiences together? » Nieman Journalism Lab

Plus: The challenges of moving a live show from theater to streaming, new shows for cloistered kids, and the podcast industry gets its first big pandemic-era acquisition. → Read More

Can optimizing for Hollywood be a sustainable funding model for investigative podcasts? » Nieman Journalism Lab

Plus: The first Pulitzer Prize for audio, Ira Glass drops shade, and the rise of the five-minute podcast. → Read More

After weeks of pandemic-driven decline, podcast listening seems to be inching back up » Nieman Journalism Lab

Plus: Luminary survives its first year, a 10-minute podcast rooted entirely in spite, and why limited-run audio docs are in a particularly tough spot. → Read More

Can Spotify’s playlists do for podcasts what they’ve done for music? » Nieman Journalism Lab

Plus: Tips for recording at home, COVID cuts at big publishers, and the benefits of a podcast book club. → Read More

Coronavirus seems to have made podcasts more of an afternoon thing than a morning thing » Nieman Journalism Lab

Plus: Spotify promotes hosts like musicians, live shows pivot to streaming, and Planet Money covers yet another giant pool of money. → Read More

It’s the disappearance of the morning commute that seems to be hurting podcast listening most » Nieman Journalism Lab

Plus: A podcast CEO gets indicted, the merits of coronavirus episodes, and too much tuna. → Read More

Coronavirus has left a lot of podcast pros recording in their closets » Nieman Journalism Lab

We round up some of the best advice for how audio hosts and producers can adjust to the new social-distancing reality — from public radio stations and big studios to independent shows and freelancers hoping their next check still comes in. → Read More

A boom in translation is bringing podcast stories to a global audience » Nieman Journalism Lab

Plus: Sony's podcast play vis-à-vis Spotify, the coronavirus lurks in revenue projections, and what is a Gimlet show, anyway? → Read More

Are coronavirus podcasts the new impeachment podcasts? » Nieman Journalism Lab

Plus: The BBC bets on Pocket Casts, Hillary Clinton is podcasting (again), and how the humble email listserv still builds community among audio producers. → Read More

I’d like to thank my family, my agent, my manager, and of course the Podcast Academy » Nieman Journalism Lab

What does "legitimacy" mean in an open industry? Plus: Is there really still a difference between podcasting and radio? A London station is trying to find out. → Read More

Need cash fast? Patreon is now lending money to its creators to launch projects with high startup costs » Nieman Journalism Lab

"Patreon has access to all the data about a creator's earnings history, what they offer as benefits, how much they engage with their patrons...everything needed to forecast their earnings and retention, without a creator even needing to submit an application." → Read More

If people will pay for MP3s of people whispering them to sleep, why won’t they pay for podcasts? » Nieman Journalism Lab

Plus: A fair-use fracas, audio rom-coms without a business strategy, and the overwhelming whitemaleness of podcast acquisitions. → Read More