New Media, Old Problem


Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships


Communication & Media Studies


With 165 million listeners and 700,000 shows, podcasts have made their way into US mainstream media. However, research shows that only 18% of American podcasts have a non-white host, and only 22% are hosted by women. The field of media studies focuses upon representation and inclusivity because what we see in the media shapes who we think we are and who we believe matters. Therefore, discovering barriers to inclusive podcast content and determining how to overcome those barriers is crucial. The project’s goal is to use this analysis to create a podcast network to bring underrepresented voices to the forefront of this new media.