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Additional Podcast Resources


This page provides links to other resources that support audio production and podcasting. Use these resources for help with producing an audio assignment ー including script writing, interviewing on the ground, voicing your project and post production tips.

Listed below are also different podcast series that talk specifically about podcast production, as well as popular series that have great examples of storytelling. 

Library Books

Featured Collections: Technological Literacy - Audio and Video Production

This sub-collection contains teaching and learning resources that can be applied within the Audio Production Rooms in the RLLC, as well as in other courses and projects. This includes resources surrounding interviewing for radio, performing and recording oral history, and creating podcasts for education. Some of the books available in the collection are listed below, and provide an in-depth look at podcasting both in an academic setting and in the media: 

1. Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production

The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production provides insight and tips into audio reporting and production through the lens of NPR (National Public Radio), a news and media organization in the United States. The guide provides easy-to-read tips on podcasting, including how to write for broadcast, on-the-ground interviews, voicing strategies, and tips for editing audio. Some of the key chapters include:

  • Chapter 3: Writing for Broadcast (p. 25-38)
  • Chapter 5: Field Producing - Section “Finding Sound and Scenes” (p. 80-83)
  • Chapter 8: Reading on the Air (p. 132-140)
  • Chapter 9: Hosting - Section “Beyond a List of Questions” (p. 148-154)
  • Chapter 12: Producing - Section “Editing Interviews” (p. 219-222)
  • Chapter 18: Beyond Radio - Section “Podcasting” (p. 324-328)

2. Turn Up The Volume: A Down and Dirty Guide to Podcasting

This book is written by Michael O’Connell, one of the founders and hosts of the podcast “It’s All Journalism”. The goal of the book is to help students and other professionals who may be interested in producing audio content, with guidance on how to create a podcast from scratch. Each chapter ends with an “Activities” section, allowing you to take what you’ve learned and think about it in your own project. Some of the key chapters include: 

  • Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Studio (p. 21-39)
  • Chapter 4: Turn Your Ideas into Audio (p. 62-77)
  • Chapter 5: Bring the World into Your Podcast (p. 78-89)
  • Chapter 6: Editing: Pulling All the Pieces Together (p. 90-108)
  • Appendix A: Music Rights, Incorporation and Other Legal Considerations (p. 151-162)

3. How to create podcasts for education

How to create podcasts for education provides practical advice on those who wish to use podcasts for educational purposes, providing technical terminology and equipment tips for instructors and educators. The book also provides an easy-to-follow practical guide on creating podcasts, including a step-by-step guide to recording and editing audio in Audacity software. The book is recommended for instructors, faculty, or educators who are interested in creating audio recordings for their course content. 

  • Chapter 2: How to create podcasts - practitioner’s guide (p. 18-22) provides an easy follow-along guide for recording and editing podcasts in Audacity, a free audio editing software that is available in the Audio Production Rooms.

4. Podcasting for learning in universities

This book looks at the theoretical and practical aspects of podcasts and applies them to academic learning and study. Covering a range of topics, the book features research that examines using podcasting formats in learning environments. This includes podcasting in lectures, using podcasts in online learning, podcasts and collaborative learning, podcasts and student reflection, and developing a pedagogical approach to podcasting. Some of the key chapters include:

  • Chapter 3: Podcasting technology (p. 20-32)
  • Chapter 4: Podcasts and lectures (p. 33-42)
  • Chapter 8: Podcasts and online learning (p. 80-91)
  • Chapter 12: Podcasts and collaborative learning (p. 121-131)

Podcasts 

Listed below are some podcast series that focus specifically on teaching audio production and storytelling. This includes interviews with podcasters on their experiences, step-by-step guides to producing audio, and basic tips and tricks when making your own podcast. 

Also included are some podcasts series that act as a great example to audio storytelling. This includes real-world examples of interviewing remotely, how to verbally cite academic research, as well as how to narrate and deliver informational context in your audio storytelling. 

1. HowSound

A bi-weekly podcast on radio storytelling produced by Rob Rosenthal for PRX and Transom. The series provides guidance on all things audio production, with each episode inviting experts from the field of audio to talk about interview tips, audio editing strategies, and more. Episode descriptions also occasionally include visuals for audio editing, with playable audio clips so listeners can actually hear the difference between edited and unedited audio. 

2. The Podcast Engineering Show

This series also looks at audio production specifically, where host Chris Curran brings on audio experts to talk about how they produce podcasts, common solutions to audio issues, and general tips and tricks for everything podcasting. This series is a great resource for listeners hoping to increase their audio production knowledge.

3. Cited Podcast

Cited looks to talk to experts specifically about their research and stories. The series provides a great example of how to cite research and expert publications, referencing back to expert work in their episodes. The series also provides a great example of knowledge mobilization, taking a complex or difficult to understand concept, and mobilizing the information into a more digestible format for the average listener. 

4. This American Life

A weekly public radio program and podcast, where a new topic is introduced each week. This show provides a great example of audio storytelling, as well as provides a great example of how to think about sound when producing or editing a podcast. 

5. Connie Walker: Missing & Murdered 

This series focuses on the unsolved cases and the root causes of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The host, Connie Walker, is a Cree woman from the Okanese First Nation in Saskatchewan and she provides a great example of long-form storytelling and investigative journalism. The series also provides a good example of how to audibly explain events in history, with the recent season, Finding Cleo, going into details about the events of the sixties scoop.

6. Radiolab Podcasts

Radiolab is an investigative series that provides a great example of in-depth audio storytelling. From science to history, the series provides great examples on a variety of topics. The series is also known for its innovative sound design, combining information and music together

 

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