Podcasting 101: An Intro to Podcasting
Thanks for joining us for our very first installment of That Should Be A Podcast! Below are some notes from the first Zoom class, in case you wanted to catch up or remember what exactly we covered. As always, we are available for any questions on Instagram, Twitter (@periodnetwork) or here via our Contact page.
WHAT IS A PODCAST?
A podcast can be many many things. These days lots of podcasts end up on Youtube. There are currently podcast concepts being paired with visual elements—Midnight Gospel being one example. For our purposes, we will be workshopping an audio podcast.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BE THINKING ABOUT?
Concept: What do you care about most? What speaks to you will speak to others. Find something that you have the energy, knowledge, and passion to create.
Time and energy commitment: Weekly is pretty standard, but how often would you like to release episodes? Is this an indefinite or limited series? Are you willing to learn a bit of editing and navigate digital audio workstation? Is this just for you, or do you want an audience? Do you want to monetize this eventually?
Hardware and software: Our podcast is going to teach you how to create a podcast from home. You can use the mic on your phone or computer and a free program like Audacity, Zencastr or GarageBand to record/create a podcast. We’ll walk you through some editing basics and show you how to upload/publish your project to the great wide world.
WHAT IS A GOOD STRUCTURE FOR YOUR SHOW?
Though by no means an exhaustive list of examples, here are some conventional structures that are very popular and commonly understood. But! If you can dream it, it is possible! We’re going to go over the basics here to you can better understand some options and figure out if you want to work within convention or invent something new for yourself.
THE SHOW WE’LL BE WORKING ON AS A CLASS:
A fictional interview podcast! Fun! We’ll explore this concept more next week