Elena Fernández Collins

is creating podcast critique and reporting

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About Elena Fernández Collins

Hey there, podcast lover! I'm so glad you've found your way here, even if it's just to check out what's up.

When I started reviewing podcasts on Twitter in 2017, I didn't expect that it would lead me to becoming a full-fledged journalist. Since then, I've written reviews and articles for sites like The Bello Collective, Discover Pods, The Podcast Host, A.V. Club's Podmass, the LA Review of Books' Podcast Review channel, and more. I started my own biweekly newsletter, which has grown to more than 600 subscribers, called Audio Dramatic, focusing on reviews, critiques, and discussions about the audio fiction podcast landscape. I started a website where I post resources and in-depth analyses, and continue to spend a lot of time on Twitter talking about industry news, educating people on how to foster a welcoming and supportive podcast world, and shouting-out new and upcoming indie podcasts.

It's been a long road, full of great adventures and wonderful supporters. Most notably, I've been doing this all while working part-time jobs to keep paying my bills and writing a Master's thesis in forensic linguistics. When I introduce myself now, I say I'm a freelance entertainment journalist, because I believe in this work... but I need your help.

This Patreon is going to function a bit like a monthly tip jar in its budding stages, now operating at three low levels. You can get sneak peeks as to what I'm working on every month, access to locked, Patron-only updates, and access to a Patron-only Discord and a special blog. Your monthly contributions will keep me engaged while I finish my thesis, and fuel me with podcast love and coffee. When that thesis monster is done and dusted, you can look forward to a lot more content and opportunities for higher tiers. I can't get there without you.

I want to give independent, marginalized podcast creators a bigger platform and put them in front of an audience that would not have found them otherwise. Podcast discovery is still heavily propelled by word of mouth. I want to continue to be the person you trust to give you great recommendations and thoughtful analyses, while making sure to pass the microphone to the people who both need it and deserve it. Becoming my Patron means I can do all this work without having to split my attention and energy. It means you'll be supporting indie creators, small podcasts, and an expanding medium.

Thank you, and happy listening!
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At $200 per month, I'll post another special, Patrons-only interview with a willing participant, focusing on one of the crafts involved in podcasting that has not yet been covered: sound design, writing, editing, voice-acting.
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