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JAR Audio – which says it is 50% woman-owned – has announced a competition designed to get more women into podcasting. The JAR Audio Pilot Competition for Emerging Women Podcasters invites would-be producers to submit their pitches by May 1. “JAR wants to see more women who are new to the podcasting space get the chance they deserve to bring their ideas to life,” it says in the announcement. For those selected, JAR Audio commits to making a pilot episode based on the pitch, working in collaboration with the creator. It says the creator will retain full ownership of the IP and can use the pilot episode as a “calling card” to encourage sponsorship, audience buy-in, or advertising interest, enabling them to make the rest of the series. Enter HERE.

 …Podbean is hosting author Scott Mautz for a free virtual event on Tuesday, March 21 designed to help podcasters learn strategies for effective leadership. It says Mautz will discuss how leaders can create positive change and achieve results through influence, regardless of their position in the organization. He will also share strategies and practical advice on how to lead effectively and build trust with teams. "We are thrilled to host Scott Mautz for this event and in his keynote, attendees will learn valuable strategies to become more effective leaders and drive positive change within their organizations,” CEO David Xu says.nThe event is free, but registration is required HERE.

...ARN/iHeartMedia remains Australia’s No. 1 podcast publisher for the 34th consecutive month, followed by LiSTNR (SCA) which pulled back ahead of the SiriusXM Podcast NetworkTriton Digital says the top three Australian-made podcasts included ARN/iHeart’s The Kyle & Jackie O Show with more than 4.7 million downloads as the show experienced a spike in listener and download volume in February, due to additional consumption of episodes focused on the ‘Married At First Sight’ TV show currently on-air in Australia. It was followed by Audioboom’s Casefile True Crime with about 2.9 million downloads, and Mamamia Out Loud with about 1.8 million downloads. The top U.S. import was iHeart’s Stuff You Should Know. This month, Trutib introduced two new publishers to the Australian ranker, The Squiz and Shameless Media. See the full ranker HERE.

Triton Digital has released its latest ranking of the top podcasts in New Zealand. Triton says NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN was the top network during January with just under five million downloads during February and seven of the top 10 shows. Among all the publishers measured by Triton, the month of February had 8.5 million downloads in New Zealand, up from 7.3 million in January. Audioboom’s Casefile True Crime jumped to first place, followed by the on-demand version of The Mike Hosking Breakfast radio show as January’s No.1 show, the on-demand version of the Fletch, Vaughan & Hayley on ZM radio program, fell to third. The top U.S. import remained iHeart’Stuff You Should Know at No. 2. See the full ranker HERE.