A New Breed of Storytelling
We’re tackling social injustices with hard-hitting journalism and independent music. Listen, and Join the Movement.
A couple of years ago, we left our alternative news outlet in New York to explore new and innovative ways to distribute content to the masses.
Like any other print outlet, we absorbed the turbulence for as long as we could before sadly bidding farewell to the product that we all loved so much. For a long time, we made a difference, at least that’s what our loyal readers told us. And we still want to make a difference.
That’s why News Beat podcast was born. This, of course, is where you say, ‘Everybody is making a podcast. Why are you so special?’ Well, for starters, no one is doing what we’re doing. News Beat combines the award-winning journalism from our print days with original, independent music. Yes, there are plenty of podcasts that incorporate musical elements to help drive the narrative. We do that, too — and much more. We collaborate with independent hip-hop artists (we’re open to other genres as well), who create original verses based on the specific topic or issue addressed in each episode. They conduct their own research and use their talents to weaponize their respective art forms. Honestly, the only way to really get a sense of what we’re talking about is to take some time and listen to an episode, which typically runs under 30 minutes — perfect for commutes. (Subscribe here via your preferred podcast app.)
Since we’re living in such turbulent times, our early focus has been on social justice issues, ranging from criminal justice and mass incarceration to historical analyses of famed civil rights and civil liberties heroes— all, as we mentioned, set to a beat and punctuated with unique and powerful rhymes.
In the short time we’ve dabbled in the podcast space, we’ve been humbled by the support of our listeners and recognition from prestigious institutions, such as the New York Press Club — which honored our season one finale “Why We Riot” with its ‘Best Podcast’ prize in its annual competition. (This contest included such national outlets as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CBS News, and many others.)
We’re excited to continue this work. Our latest episode, called “The Truth Hurts,” explores journalism from the perspectives of several talented writers and editors from very different corners of the media world.
Our guests include: BuzzFeed News Editor in Chief Ben Smith; Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for The Washington Post; Abby Martin, an independent journalist and co-founder of the investigative video-news series The Empire Files; Chris Faraone, editor of altweekly DigBoston and co-founder of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism; and Shanita Hubbard, a prominent writer and educator. This special episode includes explosive lyrics from our artist-in-residence Silent Knight, and electrifying music from hip-hop fusion outfit The Band Called FUSE, which “SK” fronts.
This eye-opening episode comes on the heels of two that explore the untold stories of Rosa Parks and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., respectively. Both civil rights icons were much more radical than history portrays, and these segments were our way of rectifying the revisionist history that invades classrooms and other public spaces. The episodes were jointly released for Black History Month.
We have much higher ambitions. But right now, we’re focused on delivering quality, alternative, social justice journalism to all those willing to listen.
News Beat podcast is available on all major podcast platforms. Please subscribe and listen. While you’re at it, leave a rating and review. And if you can, consider supporting the cause, since we’re committed to remaining ad-free.
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