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Tech Journalists Leave New York Radio for Blockchain Podcast

Two broadcasters in New York have parted company with public radio to create their own podcast promoting blockchain.

“Zig Zag” is now the main focus of WNYC broadcasters Manoush Zomorodi and Jen Poyant; a podcast now entering its second season which focuses on blockchain and what it can do for journalism.

WNYC is the trademark, and a set of call letters shared by a pair of non-profit, non-commercial, public radio stations located in New York City and owned by New York Public Radio, a non-profit organization that did business as WNYC RADIO until March 2013

At WNYC, Zomorodi hosted and Poyant produced a tech podcast called “Note to Self” but now they’ve moved on to form a partnership with Civil Media, a new company built on blockchain technology.

Civil has been gaining a name for itself in the world of journalism over the past year. The concept is a unique development in media, utilizing blockchain to allow both readers and journalists to combine to fund topics of interest to them or the public. Supported by CVL tokens, yet to be released, all participants will gain a speculative stake which increases in value as the company expands.

ZigZag is an original concept in the sense the podcast will follow the participants lives as they attempt to build their new careers promoting the blockchain space. This includes reporting on the challenges they encounter as they attempt to manage the project in tandem with their busy lives as working mothers.

The first season of 12 episodes was designed as an introduction to the non-initiated, requiring Zomoridi to explain to listeners about the concept of DLT and how it functions. She explained:

“If I, as a tech journalist, roll my eyes when I hear about blockchain, somebody is not doing a good job explaining this stuff… That’s where the opportunity is — for two women, two moms, who are going out on their own, who have to understand blockchain. There’s your entryway to a podcast.”

The two journalists left WNYC earlier this year after the station had cut ties with the male hosts who had departed after accusations of harassment by station employees. Apart from wanting to work on their own, they said that they had been further motivated by the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment.

Zomorodi says she often records on the fly and has a refreshing approach despite often feeling her new life is a challenge. She says, “It’s a juggle, and it’s exhausting.” In the second episode of the show, she explained DLT using a “Schoolhouse Rock”-style jingle sung by the musician and podcaster Martin Zaltz Austwick.

 

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Blockchain Media Civil to Boost Asian Output with 100 New Projects

Civil, the blockchain-based journalism organization, is about to spread itself further with a new USD 1 million fund targeting Asia.

The company built on top of blockchain has been gaining a name for itself in the world of journalism over the past year. The concept of Civil is a unique development in media, utilizing blockchain to allow both readers and journalists to combine to fund topics of interest to them or the public. Supported by CVL tokens, yet to be released, all participants will gain a speculative stake which increases in value as the company expands.

Over the past year, the company raised USD 5 million in financing from ConsenSys and then hooked up with the Colorado Sun, providing financial backing for the then newly-formed newspaper which broke away from the Denver Post after editorial disputes.

Its latest move sees Civil casting its eye on the Asian news market and, as a result, the company has raised USD 1 million to create 100 media projects there over the next three years. In order to facilitate its ambitious plans in Asia, the company has teamed with Splice, a Singapore-based media startup, which will manage the new fund.

The new project will be quite different to the company’s Colorado Sun experience as that newspaper was already newly established, whereas in Asia, Civil and Spice will be attempting to build up projects from scratch and get them off the ground.

Alan Soon, co-founder of Splice, says that there are no limitations regarding the type of media they would take on board and suggested that reporting websites. podcasts and behind the scenes tech were all up for grabs in the new Asian marketplace.

He did also point out that new beneficiaries of the fund would be under no obligation to adopt Civil’s protocol or blockchain technology although Splice itself has committed itself to do so. The advantage being that Splice will have access to the entire Civil networks’ content and licensing. Soon said:

“I’m with Civil because I really believe in their values… They want to do the right thing for this space.”

 

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