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Sound Recording and Microphones – Interview with Willis McBrier

Broadcast and communications engineer turned lecturer in creative media, Willis McBrier talks audio recording

Podcasting for Journalism Students Second Edition – Free Copy

I have thought about distributing this through the podcast, but as people expect an audio file, not a PDF, I decided it was better to post this PDF here and allow anyone to download it … for a short time at least.

Podcasting for Journalism Students bookIt is available on Kindle and as a paperback

The book is for young, trainee, or student journalists not specialising in broadcast media. It is an introduction to “making content”, podcasting and broadcasting whether you want to understand production on a professional level or simply because you want to create podcasts for fun or add something useful to your CV.

Irish Times – Podcasts and Digital First

Like the Guardian Newspaper – which is owned by the Scott Trust – the Irish Times Trust gives the publisher greater scope than those with more commercial obligations. In the digital age, it was one of the first 30 newspapers in the world to go online when it had the domain Ireland.com – now owned by the Irish Tourism – and now, it is becoming a digital first publication.

Declan Conlon is The Irish Times’s podcast producer. We met in their radio studio in a converted office just off the main newsroom.

Radio and podcast production – Structure – Week 5

Even the simplest podcast or radio programme has a structure. Whether you have thought about it or not, you are going to have a beginning, middle, end. The question is, how can you best structure your podcast to bring your listener through from beginning to the end, keeping the listener informed, surprising them with information they did not already know, motivating them to become involved and leaving them wanting more? There is more than a dash of showbiz in your average podcast.

Radio and podcast production – week 4

A podcast will have a running order which communicates to everyone involved what is planned and what is happening. The running order starts out the prospects owned by the producer which also keeps everyone informed about the progress of the show’s production.

Radio and podcast production – week 3

Recording away from the studio. There are all sorts of reasons why you would record outside. A podcast episode can benefit from changes in tone and atmosphere. Reporting from a place rather than just about a place can give context to the story. It can add new textures and make the episode more interesting.

Radio and podcast production – week 2

“Having an intention is really important. The intention [of The Radio Stuff Podcast] was and is to connect radio lovers around the world and share great ideas and be as positive about the radio industry as we can. It’s really about following our curiosities and talking to interesting people.” This section asks you to identify the purpose of your podcast. If you like, leave it for now and come back once you have read the rest of the book. The purpose will always be central to whatever you do.

Radio and podcast production – week 1

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.

Episode 21 – The story so far

As we reach episode 21 … this is the story so far. Now the podcast is part of a project with two books Podcasting for Communities and Podcasting for Student Journalists.

Along with this blog they are a guide for anyone who wants learn to produce podcasts or community radio. I’ve looked at production strategies such as structure, technical challenges, organising a production team, podcast platforms, community management and purpose

No Such Thing as a Fish – recording and editing

Talking to Alex and Freddie of the QI Elves about No Such Thing as a Fish, not only because I’m a fan, but because of the technical and production approach they take. I wanted to know how they do what they do.

Barbara McCann – Broadcaster and Journalist

With some 40 year’s experience in journalism, Barbara McCann has worked in radio, TV and print. She talks about interviewing and her approach to getting answers.

Maxine Mawhinney talks about interviewing

As an anchor on the BBC News channel, Maxine Mawhinney probably spends more time interviewing than anything else. The interviewees will be in the studio or remote – somewhere else in the country or really, anywhere in the world. Maxine shares tips on interviewing and presenting.

Interview with rock journalist and podcaster Mitch Lafon

Mitch Lafon has been writing and then podcasting about music since he was 11 years old. His podcast One on One with Mitch Lafon offers something that many music podcasts don’t.

How long should a podcast be?

People listen to podcasts differently. I have often sat in my car to hear the end of a programme or interview. Now, I can catch up on demand. If I am enjoying a podcast, I might listen to the end, but if I must stop listening, I’ll return to the story next time.

Jukedeck: a new way to find music for your podcast

In London a new start up called Jukedeck is using artificial intelligence to create unique music. Anyone can use it – musician or not.  And there is no cost.

All the music used in this edition of the podcast comes from Jukedeck.

Free Music Archive

Finding rights free music for podcasts and videos is very difficult, but the Free Music Archive is a brilliant resource.

Why should communities podcast?

We can all be podcasters now because the production tools have never been so cheap (and free!). You can experiment with podcasting without having to spend any money.

Johnny Seifert: podcast and radio producer

Johnny Seifert is part of the production team at TalkRADIO in London. He is the showbiz expert and a producer on the Paul Ross Full Set Breakfast show.

Podcasting – Where do you start?

You start with The Purpose. Yep, you and the people you’re starting out with might be all excited about the shiny new things – and let’s face it, who wouldn’t be? – but that is for a little later on.

Olly Mann interview

It’s more than 10 years since Olly Mann began podcasting. He is now one of the most prolific and popular podcasters in the UK. He and Helen Zaltzman started Answer Me This when hardly anyone recognised the word podcast.

“Podcasting for Community Organisations” and “Podcasting for Journalism Students”

Two boos to accompany the Podcasting For series.

Music in podcasts – Part 1 PRS

It is one of the thorniest problems. You want to add some music to your podcast. You don’t have a friendly composer and musician to make the music for you and you decide you would like to use some of your favourite music.

Interview – Larry Gifford of The Radio Stuff Podcast

Internationally known broadcaster and trainer Larry Gifford talks to Davy Sims about the principles of podcasting.

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