From the Vaults: Teaching Multimedia

Want to Create an Audio Podcast?

PLANET MONEY PODCAST (above) is one my favourite audio podcasts. In this episode, they send three producers out to cover the same story in Manhattan. What you hear are three takes of the same story. Which story gets your winning vote?

Want to create an audio podcast?

Keep the Technology Simple:

1. Chose your recording device and test it out. Will you use the Milestone / Android smartphone, the Marantz or the Zoom? Test it out before doing your interview.

2. Decide which audio editing software you will use.

3. Record Your Interview. Do not say, Uh Huh, when interviewing (or you may be tempted to spend time editing our your own voice). Simply nod instead.

4. If you need to, do a “Questions After session” (see below). Ask your questions in the order you want. Make the first question your lead.

5. Edit in an uncompressed format (Eg. WAV) and export to compressed (Eg. MP3).

6. Email your exported MP3 file to Posterous. And Voila! A built-in audio player podcast (see above). Fantastic Advice from J-School Prof Mindy McAdams (University of Florida) about Preparing your Podcast: The Questions After Mindy McAdams: “There’s a simple technique I call “the questions after.” This frees you to conduct a longer interview and record the whole thing without worrying about the background noise, etc., when you want to take written notes while your subject is talking. When you’ve finished, stop the recorder. Put on your headphones. Start a new recording, and explain to your subject that you need to put some audio online, and you will now repeat two (or three) questions, and would the person please answer as before (but don’t worry about saying exactly the same thing). This way you can re-ask only the questions that yielded the most interesting or relevant answers the first time around. There are two benefits: (1) The subject’s answers are often more compact and organized the second time. (2) Your job of editing is easier, because the short (second) audio file will take less time to cut.”