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Introduction to Podcasting

A library guide introducing various sources and best practices related to the creation of podcasts.

Creating a Podcast

Steps for Creating a Podcast

  1. Review your assignment/your own goals and Brainstorm:
  • How long is your podcast supposed to be? 
  • What is the premise?
  • Who is the audience?
  • What is the theme of your podcast?
  • What will the specific theme of the episode be?
  • What will the sub topics of the episode theme be?
  • How will you keep your audience engaged?
  • Where will you get your content?
  • How long will your podcast be?
  1. Format 

        Decide on the format for your show:

  • Solo: This is a monologue approach, where one person is discussing a topic. This has the benefit of being easy to schedule as you are relying on yourself only, however, it can be intimidating because you will need to formulate all content. 
  • Co-host: This involves presenting alongside a colleague or friend. 
  • Roundtable: This usually consists of a host and two or more guests in other to discuss or debate a subject, or just to have a conversation. 
  • Interview: Consists of interviewing a guest or several guests. The interviewee usually has expertise in the general subject area. 
  1. Create your script 
  • How will you open?
  • If you are conducting an interview, what questions will you ask your subject?
  • How will you close?
  • See "Podcast Script Template" below for a template that you can download and edit.
  1. Get your equipment
  • How will you record audio?
  • Good: Mobile phone or tablet
  • Better: Portable digital recorder
  • Best: USB microphone
  1. Record
  • Practice your script out loud before you record.
  • Record a 10 second silence buffer at the beginning of your recording to allow you to collect the noise profile and edit out background noise in the editing phase.
  • Try to stay on topic.
  • If you make a mistake, pause, and say the sentence or phrase again.  These mistakes can be fixed in the editing phase.
  • Don't be afraid to ask clarifying questions if you are interviewing someone for your podcast.
  1. Choose additional audio clips
  • Only use music legally as permitted by copyright and copyright exceptions i.e. Creative Commons, Public Domain or Royalty-Free.
  • Properly give credit to the creators in your podcast or podcast description.
  1. Post-Production
  • We recommend using Audacity to edit your podcast, which is a free, open source downloadable software for Macs and PCs.
  • Remove background noise
  • Ensure vocal volumes are even
  • Trim unwanted parts from segments
  • Collage together segments, music and sound effects
  1. Export and publish
  • Export as an .mp3 file
  • Upload to Soundcloud, iTunes or a platform of your choice