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The M Word

The M Word

By Michael Pulman
The M Word is a podcast where freelance journalist Michael Pulman sits down and talks with interesting people from a wide variety of industries.

New episodes released every few weeks.
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PM Ardern Running From Tough Media?

The M Word

PM Ardern Running From Tough Media?

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PM Ardern Running From Tough Media?
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appears to be picking and choosing her media rounds from here on out. This isn't ok. 
March 08, 2021
It's OK For Men To Cry
Men showing emotion is OK. Men showing emotion isn't a bad thing. Today on the podcast I react to one of New Zealand's most famous names talking about "bloke-ism" and then I chat about the All Blacks losing to Argentina. 
November 17, 2020
Liam Messam Talks Return To Waikato & The Importance Of Impact
Liam Messam joins the show to talk about his return to Waikato in Mitre 10 Cup, the importance of making an impact on younger players, and much more. 
September 11, 2020
Rating Waikato's Chances In Mitre 10 Cup 2020
How will the mighty Mooloos shape up in 2020? I give my thoughts on some key players and challenges sitting in front of Waikato as they seek for just their third top-flight NPC title in 50-years. 
September 11, 2020
Breaking Down Xbox's Compelling Week Of News
Breaking down the pros and cons of Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X in the wider context of next-gen gaming that is set to kick-off on November 10th!  Article for Dash Gamer:
September 10, 2020
Dave Worsley Talks Media Management & 20-Year Journalism Career
Dave Worsley is one of New Zealand’s longest-serving media managers and journalists, today he stops by the podcast to talk about his career and the state of the industry in 2020.
August 26, 2020
Steve Hale Talks Grassroots Rugby Vs Pro Rugby In NZ
Rugby author Steve Hale joins the show to talk about his first rugby love, the meaning of the game at the grassroots level and its divide with pro rugby in New Zealand. We also talk about rugby recruitment and about his career as a writer for NZ Rugby News Magazine.  Find out more about Steve Hale here: Follow Steve on Twitter:
July 27, 2020
Why The Last of Us Part II Is So Good
Riding solo again today, but it's a goodie! I chat briefly about my new gig writing for NZ Rugby News before taking a deep dive into The Last of Us Part II which releases today on PlayStation.  Read my full review of TLOU2 here: 
June 19, 2020
Rugby's Back & I'm Anxious AF
A self-indulgent ramble about work and where to from here in this crazy yet exciting post-COVID-19 world. 
June 09, 2020
Damian Light Talks Being A Politician & Leading United Future
Former United Future party leader Damian Light stops by the pod to talk about his political career, leading United Future into the 2017 NZ General Election, and challenges faced along the way. 
May 25, 2020
Patrick McKendry Talks Rugby Writing & NZ Herald Career
Patrick McKendry joins the pod to talk about his career writing about rugby, primarily as a reporter for NZ Herald. We talk about the early stages of his career, landing at NZME and how he goes about his writing process. 
May 13, 2020
Ross Karl Talks Isolation Nation & Life As A Rugby Journalist
Rugby journalist Ross Karl joins the pod to talk about Sky Sport's Isolation Nation, life as a rugby journalist and the lessons learned along the way.
May 07, 2020
Daryl Mitchell Talks Blackcaps Debut & Journey In Cricket
Daryl Mitchell joins the show to talk about his journey in cricket which led to a Test debut in 2019, plus what else he does in life and the challenges that are ahead. 
April 15, 2020
Jason Pine Talks Radio Broadcasting Career & State Of Sports Media
Radio host Jason Pine joins the show to talk about his near 30-years in the media business as a radio broadcaster, TV commentator and journalist plus touch on how the business has changed over the years through the advent of online website and social media. 
April 10, 2020
Anton Lienert-Brown Talks Lessons In Rugby & Mental Health
Anton Lienert-Brown joins the show to about some of the lessons he's learnt as a professional athlete, challenges out of high school coming into pro rugby and mental health. 
April 08, 2020
Oskar Howell Talks Esports & Starting Out In Media
I chat with 20-year old journalist Oskar Howell about his journalism work in the esports industry and his emerging career. The Wintec article we mention in the show can be found here. 
April 07, 2020
The Good & Bad Of WrestleMania 36
Another WrestleMania is in the books, but this one was the most unique wrestling event in recent history and ended with several new champions.  Let me share some of my thoughts.  You can also watch a video version of the podcast on YouTube here. 
April 06, 2020
Huw Beynon Talks Media Career & Producing NBL With Sky Television (Episode 11)
Today we are joined by Sky Sport NBL voice Huw Beynon who talks about his media career, starting out as a nervous journalist to NBL producer covering the Breakers basketball team. You can follow Huw on Twitter @huw_beynon.
March 31, 2020
Jamie Wall Talks The Impact Of COVID-19 On Rugby & Rugby Media (Episode 10)
Rugby author Jamie Wall joins the show to talk about how COVID-19 has impacted rugby in New Zealand and how it could shape the future of the sport. 
March 30, 2020
A Non-Educated Discussion On PS5 Specs vs Xbox Series X (Episode 9)
Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X Specs have been revealed, but which one is better? Both new boxes have their strengths and weaknesses, so I take a deep dive and provide my non-educated POV. 
March 24, 2020
Swedish Journalist Hermann Dill (Episode 8)
I sit down and chat with Swedish sports journalist and TV producer Hermann Dill to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting Sweden. We also talk about his career in sports journalism and TV.   Watch the video version of the podcast on YouTube: 
March 21, 2020
My Thoughts On COVID-19 & Future Of Super Rugby
COVID-19 has truly changed life as we know it! I weigh in from the bunker in New Zealand! Video of this podcast also available on YouTube, you can watch it by clicking here: 
March 20, 2020
Accessibility & The Dualshock 4 Back Button Attachment (Ep 6)
Discussing the Playstation' back button attachment from a disabled gaming accessibility standpoint. 
March 09, 2020
Those PS2 Memories!!! My Story With The World's Best Selling Console (Ep 5)
The PS2 was happy days! Happy happy days! Here is my story as one of the 158million gamers to own a PS2. 
March 04, 2020
Nigel Yalden Talks Rugby Broadcasting & Media Career (Episode 4)
Today we are joined by 'the voice of rugby' Nigel Yalden who talks about his journey from working in The Warehouse to becoming a major player in New Zealand's sports media industry.  Nigel Yalden is a sports radio broadcaster for Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport and hosts the All Sorts Breakfast show as well as lead caller for All Blacks matches. 
February 26, 2020
Peter McGlashan Talks Politics & Cricket - Episode 3
Former BLACKCAPS wicketkeeper Peter McGlashan joins the podcast to talk about crossing over from sports into politics, and a whole lot more. 
January 20, 2020
Paula Tesoriero Talks Disability Rights In 2020 - Episode 2
I sit down with Disability Commissioner Paula Tesoriero about her goals for 2020 and some of the significant issues facing the 1.1m disabled New Zealanders. 
January 12, 2020
(RE Upload) Jamie Wall Talks New Book & All Blacks Media
Jamie Wall talks about his new book, Heroics & Heart Break and dishes on his experiences as part of the media team covering the All Blacks. 
January 10, 2020
Blackcaps Fails and Media Influences - Episode 1
Pulman Media is here, but what the hell is it? I'll discuss before weighing in on the terrible Blackcaps tour to Australia where so many flaws were exposed that it's hard not to be cynical. Also, some of my all-time biggest influences in media.  Follow @pulmanmedia on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 
January 08, 2020
Introducing: The M Word Podcast
The M Word is a weekly podcast that rambles and reacts its way through the world of media, sports, gaming and entertainment. New episodes release each week and are hosted by freelance journalist Michael Pulman. 
January 06, 2020