Introduction to Podcasting — Overview
Podcasting as a communication medium has exploded in the last few years. From discussion-based shows to crafted audio storytelling brands, the format is giving producers the freedom to creatively connect with local and global listeners through a range of approaches.
This ten-week course will provide insight into the medium and guide you through the process of producing a broadcast quality podcast series. You’ll learn how to shape your ideas and develop your content, understand how to create a podcast brand and deliver a cohesive series. You’ll gain basic technical skills in producing, recording, post-production and sound design, as well as an understanding of how to distribute your podcast and grow your audience. At the end of this course you will have your first podcast finished and a framework ready to continue to produce further episodes.
Week 1 - Understanding the medium, the market, your target audience and how to reach them.
Week 2 - Developing your ideas, finding your format, shaping a content strategy and developing a podcast brand.
Week 3 - Planning your episodes - you’ll learn about your role as a producer, how to shape narrative arcs and stories, develop interview techniques and structure and guide discussions. This week you’ll plan your first episode.
Week 4 - Recording intro - covering a range of examples and techniques to use for your first episode, we’ll touch upon gathering material for creative sound design and the use of sound and music.
Week 5 - Recording lessons technical - covering studio recording and/or location recording.
Week 6 - Podcast recording begins.
Week 7 - An intro to post-production.
Week 8 - Post production and recording continued.
Week 9 - Post production and recording continued, Artwork and copywriting creation.
Week 10 - Finishing off, publishing, distributing and promoting.
Experience and equipment needed: Students should have strong computer literacy. Some experience of sound recording and audio production is advantageous but not essential. All equipment can be provided during the course time, but your own stereo handheld recorder would be useful for recording outside of the course sessions. You will also need to come to the course with some ideas of the podcast you’d like to produce.
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