A new way of broadcasting

Above: Christchurch TVNZ reporter Joy Reid

With thousands of podcasts released globally every week, there is a whole new world of news, entertainment and information available to listeners.

Podcasts are a form of radio content that is available to listen to at any time on the internet, and on smartphones. They are to radio what Netflix is to TV. Over the past few years, there has been a steady rise in the popularity of podcasts in New Zealand with more than 600,000 Kiwis listening to audio podcasts every day (Source: NZ On Air).

CBA has kept pace. Over the years, we have had to constantly update ourselves and use a variety of channels to share the Christian faith, continually keeping up with rapid changes in technology.

In the last five years, we have produced a range of both missional and commercial podcasts. We’re now working on podcast projects with Radio New Zealand, Mediaworks and NZME.

Above: Rev Frank Ritchie interviews Joy Reid for the 're_covering' podcast

In fact, CBA has become the first media organisation to independently produce a podcast hosted by RNZ.

re_covering is our new Media Chaplaincy New Zealand podcast, produced for RNZ. The series features top New Zealand journalists unpacking the one story that has most impacted them, personally and professionally.

The first season comprises eight episodes hosted by Rev Frank Ritchie. It features interviews with members of CBA’s Salt, such as investigative reporter Jared Savage and award-winning television reporter Jehan Casinader. Other interviewees include Miriama Kamo, Paula Penfold and Guyon Espiner.

A highlight for us was talking with TVNZ reporter and former CBA scholarship winner Joy Reid. She openly shared about the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, and the impact it had on her. Within hours of the earthquake, Joy was reporting live to a horrified nation. The trauma of that day came at a significant personal cost, with Joy suffering from severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), even years after the event.

“Nothing prepares you for that. We do university degrees to become journalists but there’s not a paper on how to look death in the face and survive it and report on it and then continue.” - Joy Reid

This podcast has enabled Media Chaplaincy to continue forging meaningful relationships with those in the media.

Thanks to your support of CBA, enabling us to make the most of every opportunity to serve the media just as we believe Christ would.

To listen, click here, or search for ‘re_covering’ on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.