Splice Pink

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By: Splice Media

Splice celebrates the transformation of media in Asia. This podcast features conversations with people across the global media ecosystem: media startup founders, tech, data and design folks, investors, journalists, media development funders and donors, product managers, and academics. Hosted and produced by Rishad Patel and Alan Soon.

Anu Harchu, a financial education creator, explains how to start a YouTube channel
#32
06/02/2023

We're featuring some of the best sessions from Splice Beta 2022! What's holding you back from starting a YouTube channel? In this episode, Mongolian creator Anu Harchu explains how you can start a YouTube channel today.

Subscribe to Anu on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/c/AnuHarchu

Connect with Anu on LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/anuharchu/


Roman Gautam on returning to Himal Southasian and getting the membership pitch right
#31
05/17/2023

In December 2022, Colombo-based Himal Southasian appointed Roman Gautam as its chief editor. Six months into the job, he spoke with Splice's Alan Soon and Rishad Patel about how he plans to get the right membership strategy in place for the South Asia region.

Read Himal SouthAsian
https://www.himalmag.com/

Follow Roman on Twitter
https://twitter.com/romangautam

Learn about MDIF's Amply Asia program
https://www.mdif.org/our-work/initiatives/amplify-asia/

Find out more about Splice
https://www.splicemedia.com/


Jacopo Ottaviani of Code for Africa explains how to write an amazing grant application… and what to do when it all goes pear-shaped
#30
05/15/2023

We're featuring some of the best sessions from Splice Beta 2022! In this episode, we learn from Jacopo Ottaviani of Code for Africa about how to write an amazing grant application… and what to do when it all goes pear-shaped.

Connect with Jacopo on LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacopo-ottaviani/

Learn more about Code for Africa
https://github.com/CodeForAfrica/

More about Splice
https://www.splicemedia.com/

Join us at the next Splice Beta
http://splicebeta.com/


PumaPodcast's Carl Javier on listening to your audience… and what do you when you realize that what you create isn’t what they come to you for
#29
05/11/2023

We're putting together some of the best sessions from Splice Beta 2022. Hear from PumaPodcast's Carl Javier, who spoke about the importance of listening to your audience... but more importantly, what to do when you realize that what you create isn’t what they come to you for. This is an important lesson on how to create true value for your users.

Connect with Carl on LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/carljoe-javier/

Learn more about PumaPodcast and their shows
https://www.pumapodcast.com/

Read our audience report for PumaPodcast
https://ww...


MDIF's Koreel Lahiri on how to model out your business plan for investors… and make it your North Star
#28
05/08/2023

We're putting together some of the best sessions from Splice Beta 2022. In this pod, meet Koreel Lahiri, the Investment Director for Asia at the Media Development Investment Fund. He talks about how to build a business plan for potential investment, and how to operationalize it.

Connect with Koreel on LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/koreel/

Learn more about MDIF and their work
https://www.mdif.org/


Splice's Rishad Patel on how to build a better About page that actually explains your work
#27
05/02/2023

We're putting together some of the best sessions from Splice Beta 2022. In this pod, Splice's co-founder Rishad Patel talks about the importance of getting your About page right, and how to use that to actually explain what your business does. This is how you put your mission front and center.

Read Rishad's article
https://www.splicemedia.com/stories/is-your-about-page-even-about-you

Connect with Rishad on LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rishadpatel/

More about Splice Beta
http://splicebeta.com/


Woody World's Woody Milintachinda on how to build your video strategy around Reels
#26
04/25/2023

We're putting together some of the best sessions from Splice Beta 2022. In this episode, Woody Milintachinda, the creator and founder of the hit Woody World talks about his strategy around short videos -- what works and what doesn't. He also spoke about team organization and logistics behind the scenes.

Woody was joined on stage by Pacharapun Petch Tinnabal and Sorradithep Champ Supachanya of Meta, the sponsor of this session at Beta.

Follow Woody on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/woodytalk/

Connect with Petch on LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/pacharapun-t-99184516...


Frontier Myanmar's Sonny Swe on moving his newsroom out of Myanmar after the coup and rebuilding it in Thailand
#25
04/21/2023

We're putting together some of the best sessions from Splice Beta 2022. This episode features Sonny Swe, the founder of Frontier Myanmar. After the coup in his country, Sonny pulled his newsroom out of Myanmar and rebuilt the business in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This is how he did it.

Connect with Sonny on LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sonnyswe/

Read and support the work of Frontier
https://www.frontiermyanmar.net/

More on Splice Beta, our annual celebration of media startups
http://splicebeta.com/


Jakub Parusinski of The Kyiv Independent on how a team of journalists was fired, reunited, and went on to build the most important media startup covering Ukrainian war
#24
04/17/2023

We're putting together some of the best sessions from Splice Beta 2022. This episode features Jakub Parusinski, the co-founder of The Kyiv Independent. He joined us at Beta to speak about how his team of journalists was fired from the Kyiv Post, reunited, and went on to build the most important media startup covering Ukrainian war.

Connect with Jakub on LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jakubparusinski/

Read and support the work of the Kyiv Independent
https://kyivindependent.com/

More on Splice Beta, our annual celebration of media startups
http://splicebeta...


Kirsten Han and Nithin Coca with tips on how to make freelancing work for you
#23
04/10/2023

We're putting together some of the best sessions from Splice Beta 2022. This episode features Asia-based freelance journalists Kirsten Han and Nithin Coca talking about the freelancing industry and how to build your personal brand and work. This session is especially useful if you're looking for ways to improve your pitches and credibility in freelance work.

Connect with Kirsten on LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirsten-han-3466a8230/

Connect with Nithin on LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nithincoca/


Styli Charalambous from Daily Maverick on how they turned their mission statement into an action plan
#22
04/04/2023

We're putting together some of the best sessions from Splice Beta 2022. This episode features Styli Charalambous, the co-founder and CEO, of Daily Maverick. He spoke about how the newsroom distilled their mission and turned that into an operational plan to deliver news to their supporters. If you're struggling with getting your organization around a purpose, this session could be useful for you.

Connect with Styli on LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/stylicharalambous/

Support Daily Maverick
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/

More on Splice Beta
https://www.splicemedia.com/beta-2022<...


Nishant Lalwani from the International Fund for Public Interest Media on where media funding is going
#21
03/16/2023

We're putting together some of the best sessions from Splice Beta 2022. This episode features Nishant Lalwani, the CEO of the International Fund for Public Interest Media, which exists to enable media to work for democracy. Nishant spoke to why the fund was necessary now, and discussed the gaps between the funding that journalism needs — and what has so far been available.

Connect with Nishant on LinkedIn

See the IFPIM website

More on Splice Beta


The Daily Aus's Zara Seidler on how they built a modern news business for young people on Instagram
#20
02/21/2023

We're rounding up some of the best sessions we've had at Splice Beta 2022. This episode features Zara Seidler, the co-founder of The Daily Aus, which is a media startup based in Sydney. Zara talks about how TDA has built a modern news business for young people on Instagram, where they have more than 430,000 followers.

The Daily Aus began as a passion project created by two 20-year-olds with no resources. It was meant to provide a starting point for Aussies who wanted to get into the habit of reading the news, acting as an entree to the news...


Jom's Sudhir Vadaketh talks about a sea change in Singapore's media startup landscape
#19
01/25/2023

Jom has been on the Singapore media scene for less than five months. The digital magazine, as its co-founder Sudhir Vadaketh explains, is trying to fill a unique position in explaining Singapore through a critical eye to both local and foreign audiences. Perhaps more interestingly, it's on the scene at a time when government agencies are more open to engaging with small and independent media startups.

Find out more about Jom
https://www.jom.media/

Join as a member
https://www.jom.media/membership/

Connect with Sudhir on LinkedIn
https...


Newsreel Asia's Anupama Chandrasekaran on building documentary stories in audio
#18
11/24/2022

Anupama Chandrasekaran is an audio documentary producer at Newsreel Asia, based in Chennai. She specialises in sound-rich, character-driven audio stories. Anupama has worked across newsrooms in Mumbai, New York, Hong Kong, and Chennai. We spoke about the opportunities behind audio stories and the challenges of building a documentary business -- and how her work is framed by her experience as an economics teacher.

Connect with Anupama on LinkedIn


Project Multatuli’s Devina Heriyanto on running a membership program with empathy and curiosity
#17
11/11/2022

Devina Heriyanto is the membership manager at Project Multatuli, a public service journalism collective in Indonesia.

In this Splice Pink episode, we spoke with Devina shortly after we met her at Splice Beta in Chiang Mai in November 2022. She talked us through the intricacies of bringing ‘depressing’ reporting around marginalised peoples to a community that supports Project M’s mission. 

We got a sense of that mission when we asked Devina to describe their core members. “It's people like me,” she replied. “People who have empathy, people who have intellectual curiosity, humility, and [with] solidarity to support th...


BackScoop's Amanda Cua on what makes a creator different from a journalist
#16
08/04/2022

What makes a creator different from a journalist?

On our latest Splice Pink episode, we spoke with Amanda Cua, a newsletter media creator in the Philippines. Her daily email — BackScoop — keeps you updated on the top stories in tech and business in Southeast Asia.

She doesn’t call herself a journalist. “One big focus I have is distribution. And I don’t think that most journalists have that in their job description. How do I get this to more people? What kind of platform should I be using?”

Listen to this episode — it’s full of great...


Myanmar's exiled media finds a home in Chiang Mai
#15
02/22/2022

Myanmar's media, fleeing the military's crackdown on journalists, have found a new home in Chiang Mai. Over the past year, parts of the media ecosystem — journalists, newsrooms, funders — have re-established their operations the northern Thai city.

The creation of this new hub represents an important milestone for this region. For the first time, we're seeing an ecosystem built around media startups coming together in Southeast Asia.

Splice's co-founder Alan Soon was on a road trip with Sonny Swe, the CEO and founder of Frontier Myanmar. They talked about how Frontier made the move, and what's in s...


Coconuts turns 10... and it's finally profitable
#14
11/12/2021

Coconuts just turned 10. The online publisher, which puts out city guides across Bangkok, Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bali, and Yangon, has been pushing forward into new formats such as broadcast and streaming platforms.

We spoke with Byron Perry, the founder and CEO of Coconuts about the decade of lessons he's had in building one of Asia's most recognizable media startups. They're finally making a profit this year.

We picked his brains about fund raising, branding, expansion strategies, and growing talent.

And Byron, congrats again on becoming a dad. :)

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MAEKAN's Eugene Kan on building media products for subcultures and fans
#13
08/26/2021

Eugene Kan co-founded MAEKAN in 2016 in Hong Kong after leaving Hypebeast where he was the editorial director. MAEKAN's goal is to celebrate creative culture, and it does that through articles, podcasts, and more recently, an e-commerce store. We talked with Eugene about the changing subculture lifestyle market, and the media and fans who support it.

Check out MAEKAN here

Follow Eugene Kan on Twitter


Announcing the School of Splice, a training program for media startups
08/05/2021

The School of Splice is coming together! It's everything you need to build a media startup today. It's all audio, and packs insights from all around this wonderful Splice community. Knowledge, network, funding -- all in one place.

The program rolls out next month. Find out more here.
http://schoolofsplice.com/


Playlogue's Simon Vincent on lessons from the world of games
#12
07/14/2021

In this episode, we're talking with Simon Vincent, a journalist-turned-game-developer. Simon is a content strategist at Playlogue, a game development services team based in Singapore. He talks about the lessons he's learned about the transformation of media from what began as a board game.

Find out more about Playlogue.
Connect with Simon on LinkedIn.


FactorDaily's Pankaj Mishra on pivoting to non-profit, and throwing out the media playbook
#11
06/29/2021

Five years in, FactorDaily pivoted to a non-profit entity this year. Its cofounder Pankaj Mishra figured the change would allow him the freedom to stay closer to mission: "To make sense of technology’s impact on the society around us."

"No ads. No paywalls. No venture capital funding," Pankaj proclaims on the website. That means some hard decisions on building new business models in an incredibly tough space.

One more thing: Pankaj has also demolished the traditional news cycle. He and his team will only publish when there's a story.

FactorDaily is the an...


5 steps towards change management in newsrooms
#10
06/21/2021

How do you introduce change into a newsroom? Jane Mahoney of Private Media in Melbourne, Australia, has a five-step plan. 

What problem are you solving?  Educate everyone, make sure they understand the products you're bringing in.  Empower everyone, make sure they understand their place in the business and how they can help drive everyone towards success. Have some goals in place to actually measure what success looks like.  Create a team of advocates

Hosted and produced by Rishad Patel, co-founder of Splice


Here are the three golden rules on how to market a news subscription product
#9
06/08/2021

We've been following Jane Mahoney over the past couple of weeks as she sets up her new reader revenue team at Private Media in Australia. 

This week, she talks about how to market a news subscription product -- running campaigns, working with editorial, and testing.

Hosted and produced by Rishad Patel, co-founder of Splice.


MDIF Ventures preps $1 million fund to invest in emerging media startups
#8
05/31/2021

MDIF launched a $1 million fund to support early stage media startups around the world. We spoke with Mohamed Nanabhay, Deputy CEO at Media Development Investment Fund about the fund's objective, and why they're launching it now.

Hosted and produced by Alan Soon, co-founder of Splice.


How do you onboard a new hire in your reader revenue team?
#7
05/28/2021

Jane Mahoney is Head of Reader Revenue at Private Media in Australia, which owns the popular Crikey, Smart Co, and The Mandarin masthead. We've been following Jane over the past couple of weeks as she sets up her reader revenue team at the company. 

In this little episode, she talks about how she onboards a new hire -- it's all about getting the mindset right. Great little bits of knowledge in here.

Hosted and produced by Rishad Patel, co-founder of Splice.


Private Media's Jane Mahoney on what makes a great candidate for a reader revenue job
#6
05/18/2021

Jane Mahoney is Head of Reader Revenue at Private Media in Australia, which owns the popular Crikey, Smart Co, and The Mandarin mastheads.

We've been following Jane over the past couple of weeks as she sets up her reader revenue team at the company. This week, we check in on her to find out what's she's looking for in terms of talent.

Hosted and produced by Rishad Patel, co-founder of Splice.


Jane Mahoney begins the reader revenue journey with a little Reader-Rev 101, team diversity, and willingness to pay
#5
05/11/2021

Jane Mahoney is Head of Reader Revenue at Private Media in Australia, which owns the popular Crikey, Smart Co, and The Mandarin mastheads.

When Jane Mahoney at Private Media in Melbourne signed up for our newsletters a couple of weeks ago, she said she was about to set up a reader revenue practice for her company. Obviously I was excited and I asked if she would talk us through her journey and the process every week — a little reader revenue nerd-fest on Splice Pink.

Hosted and produced by Rishad Patel, co-founder of Splice.


Jane Mahoney takes us on a reader revenue transformation journey at Australia's Private Media
#4
05/03/2021

Jane Mahoney is Head of Reader Revenue at Private Media in Australia, which owns the popular Crikey, Smart Co, and The Mandarin mastheads.

This is a new role for her after four years as Associate Publisher at Crikey. Jane describes herself on LinkedIn as a “big nerd for reader-funded journalism, data-driven everything, subscription marketing and news product. Always keen to talk about journalism, country music and sport.”

We never got to country music — but we’re keen to check in to see what she’s doing on reader revenue. This is the start of what we hope wo...


Talha Ahad and Alexa Greenwald at The Centrum Media on building a viable media business in Pakistan
#3
04/26/2021

The Centrum Media calls itself Pakistan's first independent, digital news network. They're focused on the youth who make up 60% of the country's population. Their stories range from political news, policy analysis, social issues, human-interest stories and entertainment. But as we all know, it's challenging building a business solely on news. It's even harder in a place like Pakistan. 

We spoke with Talha Ahad, founder and CEO of The Centrum Media, and Alexa Greenwald, the company's chief of strategy about building a viable business, as well as the opportunities for product differentiation in Pakistan.


Questions you've always wanted to ask funders (but were too afraid to ask)
#2
09/10/2020

What is opex? Why don't funders respond to my emails? Can I buy a car? We asked funders the questions that media start-ups have always to wanted to ask, so they don't have to. In this episode, we interviewed Kevin Brockland of MDIF, Shuwei Fang of Open Society Foundations, Sasa Vucinic of North Base Media, and Helle Wahlberg of IMS. Created by Splice Media in partnership with PumaPodcast.


Introducing Splice Pink!
#1
08/21/2020

This year, we’re taking Splice Beta online! In our new podcast, find out how we’re bringing together Asia's media start-up community online.

To find out more, go to splicebeta.com.