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Podcast training

I’m going to be running a podcast training workshop on 22 November at Ormeau Baths in Belfast. The organiser and promoter is View Digital.

Peter McVerry of U105 and John Rosborough talk local radio

With an investment estimated to be over £1million from its new owner the Wireless Group, Belfast radio station U105 has moved to new offices and studios in a lough-side development.

A week after a nervous mid-day hand over from Frank Mitchell who presented the last programme in Havelock House to Carolyn Stewart in the new City Quays HQ, I sat down with current station manager Peter McVerry and the first station manager John Rosborough.

Some new resources The Turnaround and Audacity tips

I came across a couple of interesting and very useful resources which I want to let you know about. I’ll also be adding them to the PodcastingFor.com Podcast Production Resources page. In the Podcasting for books, Podcasting for Community Organisations (here on… Continue Reading →

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.

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

Some recent listening

I have been listening to a lot of good stuff recently and I should share more often.

For now I’m going to mention two, one a BBC Radio Drama the other a long standing US podcast.

“From Airwaves to Earbuds” – research on podcasting by Knight Foundation

A report by the Knight Foundation about podcasting and on-demand radio “From Airwaves to Earbuds”. With Knight Foundation partners, both public broadcasters, supported by grants, and for-profit companies, which received investments from the Knight Enterprise Fund who provide insight into the fast growing area of podcasting.

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.

Interview with Malachi O’Doherty

Trying to put Malachi into any convenient category is far from easy. His work, hobbies and interests constantly overlap. But the core is journalism. He is a podcaster, photographer, journalist, writer, commentator in print and broadcast media.

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.

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.

Sound Recording and Microphones – Interview with Willis McBrier

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

Interview – Larry Gifford of The Radio Stuff Podcast

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

10 basics today’s journalists need

Good advice for journalists of any age.

TNW’s top tips for becoming a better writer

TNW’s top tips for becoming a better writer – link

Trying out Anchor – Radio by the people

I came across Anchor last week. I read it was “Twitter for radio”. That combines my two favourite platforms.

First impressions – excellent. Welcomed by a “real person” with a “real message” and found a couple of other people who I know from Twitter.

How is technology impacting on Journalism? This week Snapchat and paywalls

This week the Wall Street Journal publishing on Snapchat and the move of The Independent to online only,

Lyse Doucet on accents in Broadcasting

The BBC’s multi-award winning Chief International Correspondent has the most interesting broadcaster’s accent. On the Radio 4 programme One to One she talked about her voice to Jan Ravens, the woman from Dead Ringers who often impersonates Lyse and many other famous women.

How is technology impacting on Journalism? This week …

How is technology impacting on Journalism? The question could be asked at least once a week and each week there would be even more information to add to the answer.

World Radio Day

Saturday (23 February) was UNESCO’s World Radio Day (@UN #WorldRadioDay). They published some very effective graphics to illustrate the importance of radio. The theme this year is “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”.

Latest Audience Listening Figures in Northern Ireland

NOTE – 26/10/17 I see today this page has come up in a number of web searches. This is not an up-to-date analisys – just a snapshot from February 2016 For regularly updated info on Northern Ireland radio and RAJAR… Continue Reading →

Latest Audience Listening Figures in Ireland

The Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) annual survey has just been published.  “RTÉ Radio 1 kept its recovery going in the final months of 2015, but Today FM and RTÉ’s 2fm both saw their listener tallies slip, latest radio ratings show.”… Continue Reading →

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