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. If you are interested, you can sign up here. http://viewdigital.org/2018/09/24/book-now-sign-up-for-viewdigital-podcasting-workshop/

It’s only three and a half hours and open to only about 6 people. So a lot of learning in a short time. Here’s the course outline.

  • A very short introduction
    • Personal introductions and why they are attending, what they want to get out of the event.
    • Purpose, Structure and Roles.
  • Write to Read. What’s important when preparing a script. 20 minutes talk and discussion and 45 minute write read and feedback
    • How to write a script, how to mark up a script, how to prepare a script to be read
    • How to read and why we are not in recitation class anymore.
    • After discussion Participants write a short script – 1 to 2 minutes long (about 250 words). They will get about 10 to 15 minutes to do that.
    • Participants read their scripts aloud at a microphone – the piece is recorded.
    • Once all have finished their read, discussion
  • Interviewing – A longer introduction.
    • What an interview is for
    • Different kinds of interview
    • Discussion, instruction and if there is time analysis of some interviews.
    • Interview techniques
    • Setting up, setting out and wrapping
  • Exercise 2 – Interviewing and editing. Each participant interviews another participant. 15 minutes for each interview
    • Edit their interview and play back
  • Exercise 3 – Shownotes, Uploading to SoundCloud, social media promotion


Wrap up


And these are the joining instructions.



Once you start to make podcasts you can choose where you want to host your files, but for our introductory exercise we will use SoundCloud. I use LibSyn, but there are other excellent alternatives.


You can sign up with Google, Facebook or with your email.

  1. Go to www.soundcloud.com
  2. Follow instructions to create an account.
  3. Confirm your email address.

You are now ready to upload your podcast episodes when they are made.


To edit audio, we will use Audacity which can be run on both PCs and Macs. Apple have their own audio editing software Garageband which is excellent. I won’t have time to teach two different formats, so unless you are already proficient in Garageband, please use Audacity. It is free for our purposes and available here https://www.audacityteam.org/

Please note: Audacity cannot convert to MP3. You will also need to download LAME. Instructions are here https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/faq_installation_and_plug_ins.html#lame

The high end audio editors Adobe Audition and ProTools are used in professional studios.  Adobe Audition started life as Cool Edit Pro used by radio stations and is excellent for more advanced production. In my opinion ProTools is too powerful for the average podcast or radio producer.


Purpose: You will need to think about some of the topics before the session. Think about the Purpose of the podcast. Have you already decided the purpose, or are you simple there to gather the skills and have some insight into podcast production? We will have a discussion about Purpose to start the session.

Audience: Who is or will be your audience?

Equipment: The first question I usually get about podcasting is about the equipment. Don’t worry about that now. The equipment will be determined by the Format and that will be determined by the Audience and Purpose.



A laptop. It is unlikely that a tablet will be versatile enough to get everything done. There are some “podcast production” apps – great, but we are planning something a little more complex.

Bring an audio recorder if you have one. Don’t worry if you don’t have one, but to do podcasting properly, you should use a proper audio recorder, not an iPhone.

Headphones (on ear rather than in ear).

The among the first exercises will be how to write for radio or podcast so bring a story – a short one.

Also, with this message there is a jpg patch 1400×1400. Bring it too, please.



We will be working fast and furiously for 3 and a half hours. There will be questions and answers all through, but the next day or the next week, something might occur to you, or something wasn’t quite clear enough for you to do it now. Never worry. You can contact me on ds@davysims.com and I will get back to you be phone, email or if absolutely necessary, I’ll drop by to see you.

If you want to arrange your own podcast training and can gather together 6 people, let me know and we can plan a session for your needs. ds at davysims.com





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