Last April 6, I got an email from Ben Pimentel of the San Francisco Chronicles requesting for a phone interview about the blogging scene in the Philippines. Most of what we discussed were about PinoyTopBlogs and a bit of “who’s who in the Philippine blogosphere”.
Just a while ago, Ben sent me an email copy of their press release of Pinoy Pod, a Podcast for Filipinos:
March 23: The San Francisco Chronicle announced today its launch of Pinoy Pod, a weekly program of interviews, news features and information about the Filipino experience in Northern California, the Philippines and beyond. This bold experiment, the first of its kind by a major American newspaper, can be downloaded at www.sfgate.com/blogs/podcasts.
â€œThe Pinoy Pod allows us to use multi-media technology to connect very powerfully The Chronicle/SFGate to the vibrant Filipino community here in the Bay Area, throughout the country and overseas,â€ said Phil Bronstein, editor of The Chronicle.
In addition to English, some episodes will be in Tagalog and other Philippine languages. Topics will include arts, culture, entertainment, business and political and social issues. Pinoy Pod’s 10- to 20-minute podcasts will be posted Tuesdays.
The Pinoy Pod crew includes some of The San Francisco Chronicle’s most experienced journalists: Deputy Managing Editor Leslie Guevarra, editorial writer and columnist Pati Poblete, podcast producer Benny Evangelista, business reporter and Pinoy Pod producer Ben Pimentel, reporter Cicero Estrella and copy editor Michelle Louie.
A podcast is similar to a radio show, except it’s in the form of a computer file that you download from the Internet and can listen to at your convenience. You can play a podcast on your computer or on a portable digital music player.
To download a podcast, simply click on the appropriate link on the podcasts page and save the file to a place on your computer that’s easy to access, such as your desktop. For more information, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The San Francisco Chronicle is the Bay Area’s leading news and information source and has been connecting the region with its award-winning journalism since its founding in 1865. Combined with its online partner, SFGate.com, The San Francisco Chronicle reaches nearly 1.5 million Bay Area residents daily and more than 1.6 million on Sunday. The six-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Chronicle is the nation’s 10th largest daily newspaper and SFGate.com is the nation’s fourth largest newspaper Web site with 7.4 million unique monthly users and more than 75 million monthly page views.
Tune in to the initial podcast of Pinoy Pod here.
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