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Five Things to Learn From Your Favorite Podcast (and One to Avoid)

By Melissa Brinks The beauty of podcasting is that, theoretically, anybody can do it. The downside is that the podcasts that inspire us to try our hand at it typically have more staff, better equipment, and more funding than we can hope to achieve at an early stage. When it comes to drawing inspiration from our favorite shows, there’s certain things that can help us shape our own work, without setting ourselves up for failure with unrealistic expectations. With that in mind, here’s a list of five things to take away from your favourite podcast…and one thing to avoid! Do:...

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Getting Kids into Podcasting

By Eileen Anipare The children in Year 5 at St Mark’s Primary School in Mitcham love podcasting! It all started when the school invited an award-winning, non-profit, social enterprise called Enabling Enterprise to visit. The whole school had a week of various projects assigned to appropriate age groups with the aim to equip the children with the skills, experiences and aspirations needed to succeed in life. Year 5 chose podcasting. We downloaded Audacity and used the built-in laptop microphones to record and produce our very first podcast. Catching the ‘Podcasting Bug’ Technically, it left a lot to be desire but...

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Advice for Others | Women of Fiction Podcasting #4

Read the rest: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 Wednesday 8 March is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, we’ve enlisted the help of Lauren Shippen, creator of The Bright Sessions – one of the best fiction podcasts on the planet right now! Lauren has organised a roundtable conversation with fellow audio dramatists from The Elysium Project, The Blood Crow Stories, The Alexandria Archives, Lesser Gods, Radiation World, Jim Robbie & The Wanderers, The Bridge, The Penumbra Podcast, and Deck the Halls (with Matrimony!). In Part 4, the final chapter of this series, Lauren asks the panel: What advice do you have for other female creators/writers? Natalie Van Sistine, Writer / Creator...

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What are your Biggest Challenges? | Women of Fiction Podcasting #3

Read the rest: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 Wednesday 8 March is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, we’ve enlisted the help of Lauren Shippen, creator of The Bright Sessions – one of the best fiction podcasts on the planet right now! Lauren has organised a roundtable conversation with fellow audio dramatists from The Elysium Project, The Blood Crow Stories, The Alexandria Archives, Lesser Gods, Radiation World, Jim Robbie & The Wanderers, The Bridge, The Penumbra Podcast, and Deck the Halls (with Matrimony!). In Part 3 of this series, Lauren asks the panel: What are some of the biggest challenges you face in making your podcast? Natalie Van Sistine, Writer / Creator...

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Why do you Podcast? | Women of Fiction Podcasting #2

Read the rest: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 Wednesday 8 March is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, we’ve enlisted the help of Lauren Shippen, creator of The Bright Sessions – one of the best fiction podcasts on the planet right now! Lauren has organised a roundtable conversation alongside fellow audio dramatists from The Elysium Project, The Blood Crow Stories, The Alexandria Archives, Lesser Gods, Radiation World, Jim Robbie & The Wanderers, The Bridge, The Penumbra Podcast, and Deck the Halls (with Matrimony!). In Part 2 of this series, Lauren asks the panel: Why a podcast? What does the medium provide your storytelling that other mediums do not? Natalie Van Sistine,...

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Introduction | Women of Fiction Podcasting #1

Read the rest: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 Wednesday 8th of March is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, we’ve enlisted the help of Lauren Shippen, creator of The Bright Sessions – one of the best fiction podcasts on the planet right now! Lauren has organised a roundtable conversation alongside fellow audio dramatists from The Elysium Project, The Blood Crow Stories, The Alexandria Archives, Lesser Gods, Radiation World, Jim Robbie & The Wanderers, The Bridge, The Penumbra Podcast, and Deck the Halls (with Matrimony!). Here’s Lauren now to set the scene for you … Women and Fiction Podcasting Audio drama is experiencing...

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How to Build an Audio Production or Podcasting Team

Content, by its nature, is time-consuming to produce. There’s no reason you can’t do it yourself but, much like running a business, if you spin all the plates you will not be able to grow beyond a certain size. Having a team frees you up to focus on what you do best. So who do you need in your team? When should you start building your team? And how do you become an efficient content machine? For 15 years I worked behind the scenes in television and presented on local radio, and with virtually all of these jobs being...

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5 Lessons Learned At Podfest

As the promoter of Podfest Multimedia Expo (PME) I have had the privilege of meeting hundreds of content creators via this amazing conference. Here are 5 Key things about Podcasters and the Medium of Podcasting I have learned as the facilitator of Podfest. Introverts By and large there is a large portion of podcasters that are introverted. The medium’s intimate nature allows introverts to communicate through their equipment to the world. I found that very interesting, as most public speakers by nature tend to be Extroverted. The Power of the Niche The most successful Podcasters tend to be focused...

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The Ringr Founder Shares His View Of The Podcast Market: Tim Sinclair

RINGR is one of a number of companies looking to bring innovative solutions to the podcasting industry, and with the recent launch of the desktop version of their product, it’s one that hopes to revolutionize the broadcasting industry as well. As most successful products are created from a need, RINGR was born in a similar way: the need to create an easier, less expensive way to conduct remote interviews. With that as a backdrop, we sat down with Tim Sinclair, the founder of RINGR to find out where he thinks the industry is headed and what he has learned in launching a new product. Q: What impact do you think the proliferation of software is having on the podcasting industry? Tim Sinclair: The famous line in ‘Field of Dreams’ says, ‘If you build it, they will come.’ Unfortunately, many podcasters felt like that statement applied to their shows as well. They created (often mediocre) content and then expected thousands of people to just stumble upon it somehow. New software, apps, and the like are now allowing podcasters to not only create better content, but host, distribute, market, track and monetize it. The overall result is a larger number of quality shows being consumed by a larger number of interested listeners…and hopefully some money is being made in the process. Q: What does the proliferation say about the industry itself? Tim Sinclair:...

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BOYA BY-M1 Lavalier Omni-directional Condenser Microphone | A Podcasting Review

I wanted an inexpensive microphone to try podcasting, something easy to use and portable. We also wanted to record some video tutorials and needed a mic that could move effortlessly with the speaker. The recommendations from podcasting and video editing pros were to spend as much as we could afford. However, we are very risk averse ladies, and we went with this clip-on mic instead. We are so glad we did! The BOYA omni-directional condenser microphone gives us decent quality sound with low handling noise while we learn how to do podcasting and video and audio editing, and it definitely...

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