Radio and podcast production – week 1

Introduction

This is an introduction to radio and podcast production. Radio and audio podcasts are not exactly the same thing, each have unique factors, but there is a shared core to their production.

I have been teaching, lecturing, speaking and writing about radio and podcast production for years and have been producing radio since 1979. In 2016 I wrote Podcasting for Communities intended for community organisations planning to make podcasts for their clients, supporters, funders and other people they want to reach.

Podcasting for Journalism Students is intended as a level 1 introduction to students who are studying journalism where radio and podcasting form part of their course.

These posts are excerpts from the books and part of a course I teach on radio production for BA Journalism Students.

What we will learn

Over the next few weeks we will cover 5 Skills:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Interviewing
  • Recording
  • Editing

Supporting information

  • Purpose
  • Structure
  • Production roles
  • Studio discipline
  • Timing
  • Programme production
  • Audiences
  • Podcasting platforms

Week 1 – Listen

Some recommended listening – you can’t learn to make radio without listening to radio.

Hugh Sykes

Whenever you can, listen to radio reporting from Hugh Sykes who works for BBC radio.

I asked him about one report which was short-listed for a major radio prize. “For this one, from Erbil last month, I decided it had to be done almost entirely on location, not snipped up and scripted afterwards. I’m not sure why, it just felt more authentic. For this one, from Erbil last month, I decided it had to be done almost entirely on location, not snipped up and scripted afterwards. I’m not sure why, it just felt more authentic.”

Listen to the report, here.

 

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