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Record a Podcast

How to create a podcast

What is a podcast?

A podcast is a form of digital media that consists of an episodic series of audio or digital radio, subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device (Source).

What are the steps for creating a podcast?

  1. Review your assignment.
    • How long is your podcast supposed to be? Typically a podcast isn't any longer than 60 minutes.
  2. Brainstorm
    • Who is your 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?
  3. 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.
  4. Get your equipment
    • How will you record audio?
    • Good: Mobile phone or tablet
    • Better: Portable digital recorder
    • Best: USB microphone
  5. 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.
  6. Choose your music
    • 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.
  7. 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
  8. Export and publish
    • Export as an .mp3 file
    • Upload to Soundcloud, iTunes or a platform of your choice

Best Practices for Creating Podcasts

  • Record more audio than you need. This will allow you to pick the best of the best.
  • Leave yourself enough time to work through technical difficulties.
  • Always check audio levels and recording to assure they are working before you begin.
  • Always give credit where credit is due (provide correct attributions for music and sound effects).

Find Podcasting Resources

Find Sound Effects and Music

Be careful about copyright. Be sure to check what type of attribution is required for use.

Try to include both verbal and written attribution (in the description of the podcast).

Example: This podcast uses these sounds from [site name]:
sound1 by user1
sound2, sound3 by user2 

Resources to Help with Creating an Animated Video

Link to Guide: Make an Animated VideoLink to Guide: Record Audio with AudacityLink to Guide: Find audio and images for remixing

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