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.

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

Interview with rock journalist and podcaster Mitch Lafon

The Podcasting for Communities’ podcast is part of a project that includes the podcastingfor.com blog and the Podcasting For Communities’ e-book which you can find on Amazon.     In this episode, I talk to rock journalist and podcaster Mitch Lafon. He has been writing and then podcasting about music since he was 11 years old. His Read more about Interview with rock journalist and podcaster Mitch Lafon[…]

Johnny Seifert: podcast and radio producer

  There are two versions of this edition. This is the shorter one. The other is the downloadable version. You can find it below.  In the longer version my guest Johnny Seifert spends extra time talking about editing on Audacity. All will be explained. Johnny Seifert is part of the production team at TalkRADIO in London. Read more about Johnny Seifert: podcast and radio producer[…]

Interview with podcaster and broadcaster Olly Mann

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.     You can download or subscribe to the podcast from iTunes   Find out more about Read more about Interview with podcaster and broadcaster Olly Mann[…]

Sound Recording and Microphones – Interview with Willis McBrier

This edition of the Podcasting for is all about recording audio   Willis lectures in Creative Media at Belfast Metropolitan College. His career began over 30 years ago at the BBC where he worked as a broadcast and communications engineer. More recently he has been a trainer working with non technical people  such as journalists Read more about Sound Recording and Microphones – Interview with Willis McBrier[…]

Podcasting for Communities

This is my new project; Podcasting for Communities It is a book, podcast, blog, lectures (if anyone will have me) and training (if anyone requests it). All are intended for people, groups, organisations, teams and community organisations who want to learn about podcast and radio production. Perhaps they want to promote their activities, perhaps they want Read more about Podcasting for Communities[…]

Interview – Larry Gifford of The Radio Stuff Podcast

In the book Podcasting for Communities, I outline five essential skills a podcaster or a radio production team need to perfect: writing … reading … interviewing … recording … and editing. In this edition of the Podcasting For … podcast, Larry talks about how he taught himself to write a script, what he has learned Read more about Interview – Larry Gifford of The Radio Stuff Podcast[…]