My Platform shines a light on the unheard and underrepresented voices in the media
The weekly podcast features opinion and analysis from experts in their field and guests discussing important issues close to their heart.
Inspired by the hugely popular ‘Platform’ feature in the newspaper and online, which offers a voice to those often less heard, its first-person and opinion editor Jess Austin now speaks to some of the authors of her favourite and the section’s most-read articles of the past few years.
Through each episode, they share their lived experiences, what has inspired them and more.
In this week’s debut episode – “As a teen, I let my good looks define me – now, at 44, I feel invisible” – Austin welcomes PR consultant and writer Rowan Atkins to the podcast to discuss what happens when you start to feel invisible at 40.
Other upcoming episodes will cover important topics including adoption, HIV diagnoses, the pension gap and finding love after loss.
Austin comments: “One of the hardest parts of being an editor is getting interesting pieces to meet a word count! Many times, I’ve been working with writers on pieces and wanted to let them write pages and pages, so interesting are their stories.
“With this podcast, we have a chance to get to hear about their experiences in more detail, but also give listeners the opportunity to hear the people behind those popular articles – in a way 800 words won’t allow.”
The My Platform podcast comes closely after the new-look Metro newspaper which was recently relaunched to coincide with new all-round advertising solution, Metro 360 – the publisher’s new approach to creating innovative campaigns that engage young and diverse audiences.