Podcasting resources from #ceac18

Hi there #ceac18 delegates! For those of you who joined Dave for his session on podcasting – THANK YOU! For those of you who didn’t attend the session but have come here out of curiosity – HELLO and WELCOME!

On this page, you’ll find loads of useful stuff about podcasting, some greats shows to listen to and the slides from Dave’s #ceac18 session to jog the memories of those who attended.

Here’s what we’ve got for you:

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#ceac18 slides and shows mentioned

Download a PDF of Dave’s slides by clicking here or by clicking image below.

The nine examples of Higher Education podcasts mentioned in Dave’s talk were:

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Tips for starting your own podcast

First of all, decide what your podcast is going to be about. Don’t make it too broad – there’s enough space in this medium to go niche.

Once you’ve sorted your topic, you should next think about how long your episodes will be and what style you want to use.

When it comes to length, you’ve got a few options; short (15 minutes or less, get in, get to the point, get out), commute (around 30-60 minutes, something people can listen to in full on their commute) or in-depth (60 minutes upwards). The in-depth option is fine if your content is good and your audience is engaged, but launching a brand new show of this length might be a tough sell for building an audience.

In terms of style, the most popular are; narrated (a single voice, usually reading a script), co-hosted (two or more presenters either using a script or simply bouncing off each other), interview-based (the bulk of the show is an interview, usually topped and tailed by the host individually), narrative (where interview footage is chopped up and linked together by the voice of a host), and immersive (cinema for your ears, background sounds, etc).

When done badly, narrated shows can be a real slog to listen to. Most shows are co-hosted or interview-based, while narrative and immersive shows are the most luscious listens – but do require far more effort in terms of recording, scripting and editing.

Finally, here are some general tips on podcasting from Dave’s three years’ experience of hosting shows…

  • Find your show’s structure, as it really helps plan each episode. For example, Dave’s first show (a podcast about his local music scene) always followed the same structure; theme tune, intro, jingle, news round up, jingle, song of the week, album reviews, jingle, interview with guest band followed by a song, gig calendar roundup, theme tune, done!
  • Script your show. It really helps things flow – especially when you’re first starting out – and keeps you on track. Very few people are good enough to ‘freestyle’ and remain interesting.
  • Use notes. It’s audio, not video. You don’t need to be looking at a camera. So, feel free to refer to notes. And tell your guests to do the same.
  • Structure your interviews in a logical way – group related questions together and try to think of natural start and end questions.
  • Send over interview questions in advance. Then your guests can prepare and give you a better interview. Easy.
  • Don’t over-edit. Give your conversations room to breathe. Also, don’t forget that to ‘err’ is human – don’t go cutting every pause out as you’ll make your guest sound like a robot.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Like all things, good podcasting takes time. The more you do it, the better you’ll get at presenting, at scripting, at interviewing, at editing…at everything! You’ll also eventually get over hearing the sound of your own voice, honest!

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What tech do you need?

For a really comprehensive list of podcasting equipment, software and more, check out this fantastic guide from The Podcast Host.

In terms of Dave’s podcasting setup, he uses an Olympus LS100 recorder, with Behringer XM8500 mics for group conversations, Speedlink SL-8691-SBK-01 SPES Compact Clip-On Microphones for one-to-one interviews, and Audacity to do all editing. He also uses Ecamm’s call recorder for Skype interviews.

We can also recommend the Free Music Archive for hunting down a theme tune and Freesound for a range of great sound effects. Oh, and make sure you also invest in a pop filter.

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How to submit your show to Apple Podcasts

Sounds daunting. Is actually pretty easy – we covered it in this handy article.

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A load of amazing shows to listen to

Here’s some podcasts that our editor Dave loves listening to – why not give them a try? Also, it goes without saying that you should check out our podcast – awesome listening every Monday!

  • Alice isn’t Dead – a spooky and captivating story
  • By Association – great storytelling about football that is so good, you’ll love it even if you don’t like football
  • Conversations With People Who Hate Me – online social justice activist Dylan Marron tracks down people who have directed hateful and hurtful comments at him online and calls them for a chat
  • Dead Rock Stars – a couple of grizzled rock journalists share great stories about musicians who are sadly no longer with us
  • Death in Ice Valley – a true crime effort from the BBC and NRK that tries to find out the identity of a woman whose body was found in Norway in 1970. Who was she? How did she die?
  • F You Very Much – just why is everyone so rude these days?
  • Football Fives – discussion about football for grown-ups
  • Heavyweight – simply wonderful storytelling
  • Homecoming – a brilliant and gripping scripted series about intelligence and cover-ups.
  • I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats – exploring the changing relationship between artists and fans, this is a must-listen for anyone with even the slightest bit of interest in being a musician
  • In the Dark – forget Serial, this is the best true crime podcast out there
  • IRL: Online life is real life – a show about online things that will educate, amaze and (occasionally) scare you!
  • Pregnant Pause – brilliant and powerful, following one couple’s journey as they decide if they want to have children
  • Quickly Kevin – the only podcast about 90s football you’ll ever need. Hilarious.
  • Reply All – a show about the internet that explores online culture and features some of the best storytelling you’ll hear
  • Sandra – another scripted series to binge on, a world where artificial intelligence isn’t so artificial
  • Social Media Lab – loads of really useful and interesting social media experiments that will give your social strategies plenty of ideas and inspiration
  • Song Exploder – a fascinating glimpse into how songs are written. We can highly recommend the episodes with Bjork and Weezer as starting points!
  • That’s Not Metal – the show that will give you your new favourite band, assuming you like rock and metal of course
  • The Decayist – one of Dave’s other shows, where he and his record label co-founder introduce each other to an album that person has never heard.
  • The Discovery Adventures – Land Rover’s immersive and exciting family adventure
  • The Science of Social Media – weekly social media learning from Buffer, a social media management platform company
  • The Turnaround – an interviewer interviews other interviewers about interviewing
  • The University Show – informed discussion about the HE sector from Wonkhe.
  • Unladylike – a fantastic show that discovers what happens when women break the rules
  • Welcome to Night Vale – imagine if Stephen King and David Lynch created a factional town together. Night Vale is that town and Welcome to Night Vale is that town’s local radio station
  • Within the Wires – creepy AF. Requires a bit of patience and concentration, but so worth it.
  • Word of Mouth – BBC Radio 4’s fascinating chat on all things language-related

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