New York City –The Signal Awards recognizes the breadth of Podcast and Digital Audio work across a multitude of industry-vetted categories by honoring the organizations, brands, and professionals who are creating and shaping the industry worldwide. The Media x Women produced podcast, ‘How She Made It,’ a career journey series that amplifies the accomplishments of women across the media industry, won two honors at the Signal Awards in the Education category – the gold Listener’s Choice award determined by public voting and bronze from the Signal Academy judges.
“We are truly thrilled to recognize and celebrate you as a standard-bearer of podcasting excellence! This is a huge honor for you, your team, and your listeners!” stated Deondric Royster, Managing Director, in the inaugural Signal Awards announcement. Within the education category, The Signal Awards recognizes podcast shows that are about education or seek to educate their listeners through narrative, interviews, reviews, conversations, or other formats.
The “How She Made It” series showcases women who share their experiences along their path to a successful media career for an audience of future media makers and managers seeking instructional and inspiring insights. Guests pay it forward with media industry insider stories and mentoring advice. Audience members worldwide access episodes and subscribe to “How She Made It” on Apple, Spotify, Audible, and Google.
“The Media x Women team is humbled and overjoyed to be honored by the Signal Judging Academy and fans of ‘How She Made It,’ within a category of finalist shows produced by Duolingo, John Hopkins University, Purdue University, and SUNY,” noted Linda Saint Marc, Media x Women founder and executive producer of the podcast. A professor of professional practice at The New School - Media Management Graduate Program, Saint Marc emphasized, “How She Made It is made possible by a talented collective with a shared thought leadership perspective and conviction to be the meaningful change we seek in the media industry through equity, diversity, and inclusion. These esteemed recognitions reinforce our belief that the stories and insights we publish are both important and impactful in the world.”
With over 1,700 entries received in its first year, Signal Awards is already one of the largest honors and the most prominent award dedicated to Podcasts. Submissions exceeded the organizer’s expectations, with domestic entries coming in from twenty-five states and global entries from four continents. All entries were reviewed by the Signal Academy judges of some of the podcast industry’s leading professionals based on the following criteria: concept, content and writing, creativity and innovation, quality of craft, engagement and listenership, and overall experience. Nearly 150,000 public votes designated winners among finalists chosen by the Signal Academy for the Listener’s Choice Award.
A diverse range of organizations entered great podcasts to the inaugural Signal Awards, including global media heavyweights like Amazon, HBO Max, National Geographic, Apple, Netflix, NBC, SiriusXM, Discovery, iHeart, and Paramount to pioneering companies Pineapple Street, Vox Media Podcast Network, Tenderfoot TV, Lemonada, Crooked Media, WaitWhat, MIT Technology and Cadence 13.
The glass ceiling-shattering stories featured on the ‘How She Made It’ podcast are especially noteworthy during March as it is Women’s History Month in America and International Women's Day (IWD) on March 8th. This month is an ideal moment to celebrate women's achievements in the workplace and showcase employer initiatives and support. According to IWD organizers, “As the biggest employee engagement day of the year, IWD sees organizations amplify and reinforce their commitment to helping forge an inclusive world.” Media x Women encourages you to subscribe to ‘How She Made It’ on your favorite podcast platform and share details about the award-winning series with promising media, tech, or STEM talent to whom you are connected.
About Media x Women
Media x Women is an independent organization nurturing a community of like-minded media professionals to serve as a network and resource for women on the rise. Media x Women publishes career development and advancement podcasts, blogs, videos, and social media content, engaging with an audience of young professionals. Media x Women amplifies the positive impact of media made by women, inspires and informs future female media leaders about career possibilities, and awakens media organizations to the impressive potential of female talent.
Media x Women is the fastest-growing global network of young media professionals, with over 1500 members from across 71 countries on LinkedIn. Members span all sectors of the media industry, including television, film, journalism, photography, music, technology, digital media, production, acting, media academia, public relations, marketing, publishing, and beyond.
We believe all humans are equal and talent is talent. Research confirms diverse and inclusive workplaces outperform innovation and profits. We aim to empower and inspire our community through the positive impact of media made by women and create thought leadership toward realizing true equity. By increasing the visibility of the impact women make, we believe women can gain the acknowledgments and rewards they justly deserve from the industry and audiences.
Media Inquiries Contact: Judith Walters, Podcast PR Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Find Media x Women Online:
“How She Made It” Podcast: mediaxwomen.com/howshemadeit Instagram: instagram.com/mediaxwomen
LinkedIn Community: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8586305/
About The Signal Awards
The Webby launched a new, comprehensive award initiative for podcasts, the inaugural Signal Awards, to honor and celebrate individuals and content that raise the bar for podcasting. “There is no denying the cultural impact of podcasts,” said the executive and Webby Awards CEO David-Michel Davies. “But even with such tremendous growth, it is still incredibly hard for great work to get discovered. The Signal Awards will work with the industry to set the standard of excellence, be comprehensive in recognizing the work that meets that mark creating more opportunity for the best Podcasts and professionals to be discovered and stand out.” Luminaries and leaders within the industry judge Shows, Limited Series & Specials, Individual Episodes and Branded Shows & Advertising across categories ranging from Best Innovative Audio Experience to Best TV & Film Recap.
The Signal Judging Academy comprises esteemed podcasting professionals who have been making waves in the industry. Founding jurors represent the best-of-the-best, including Jody Avirgan (Host, This Day in Esoteric Behavior); Ray Chao (GM of Audio, Vox Media); Maurice Cherry (Host, Revision Path podcast); June Cohen (Co-Founder, Wait, What?); Jessica Cordova Kramer (Founder, Lemonada Media); Trent Gilliss (Founder, The On Being Project); Michael Gluckstadt (Director of Podcasts, HBO & HBO MAX); Anna Hossnieh (Executive Producer, iHeartRadio Comedy); Jenny Kaplan (Co-Founder and CEO, Wonder Media Network); Rachael King (Founder, Pod People); Deray McKesson (Host, Pod Save the People; Co-founder & Executive Chair, Campaign Zero); Trevor McNeal (Global Social Lead Podcasts, Amazon Music); Debbie Millman (Design Matters); SuChin Pak (Co-Host, Add to Cart); Sarah Pappalardo (Co-Founder, Reductress); Rae Volta (Global Editorial and Publishing Podcasts, Netflix), and Nikki Silva (Co-Host, The Kitchen Sisters Present from PRX).
Find the Signal Awards Website: signalaward.com