A podcast can be used for many purposes. You can for instance make one as an instructional media or let your students record one. If you want to make your own podcast, we've compiled this checklist for you to analyse what you want.
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Making your podcast
- Choose a podcast format
- Write a script
- Recording & production
A podcast featuring one person, like an audio version of a TEDTalk. It's important to really structure this beforehand in order to make this format work to a good podcast.
Interviews (structured, Q&A)
With at least two people you can produce an interview podcast. In an interview format there's a clearer structure compared to a dialogue podcast. This means that the host has prepared questions to be answered beforehand. A benefit of using a podcast as format is that there is still plenty of wiggle room for any questions that may come up.
With at least two people you can produce a discussion podcast. This format is best compared to a panel discussion; while there may be some clear topics or statements to be discussed, the emphasis is on the interaction between the participants.
Similar to a documentary, this combines different formats. This format contains audio from other recordings or fragments; like for instance a news fragment or other interview related to the episode. A host guides the listener through this format, by telling the listener what will be played and how its relevant to the topic.
Just like with designing a (micro)lecture, in a podcast there's always supposed to be an introduction, body and closing.
Recording a podcast doesn't require too advanced hardware or software. You can do this with mobile recorders. However, since you are only focused on a single sense as a listener, quality is very noticeable.
If you want to record on your own, you can either choose an open-source tool like Audacity or use the campus license for Adobe Audition.
Recording & production
When you finally get to recording your (first) podcast, there's some things to still keep in mind.
- Be aware that listeners are not there with you. Describe your surroundings to them and ask them questions for them to think about.
- Allow for some moments of silence for listeners to think about what's said; just avoid long awkward silences.
- Don't make your podcast too formal: allow for extra discussions and informal talks to pop up and avoid too formal language.
- Experiment to find your own style as well.
Assembling & editing:
- Ensure the podcast is one coherent story to be listened to.
- You can add extra audio and pauses for a more complete experience.
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