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Producing Great Audio and Video Podcasts

This was the last break out session of the day, but one of the best. The speaker was Jonathan Finkelstein. Before he started the presentation, he gave out his cell phone number and encouraged us to send him text messages while he was presenting.

He showed us some examples of popular podcasts like The Princeton’s Review Vocab Minute, Wine Library TV and Grammar Girl. He noticed all the popular podcasts have both knowledgeable and charismatic hosts.

Jonathan showed us the The 4 P’s of Podcasting: Premise (prep/planning), Production (equipment/technology/room/ambiance), Promotion and Pheedback (participation).

He broke down the anatomy of a good podcast:

  • Show ID
  • Program ID
  • Episode
  • Intro Music
  • Outro Music
  • Bumper

Best Practice: have the show ID identified at the very beginning of the podcast. Music: use royalty-free music; buy it once, use it many times. Having a call to action, turns it into a part of the community (comment on this, email me about that, etc.). Tip: Don’t just do it once, keep at it until you build a good following.

Develop a podcast from an active discussion thread topic. Start a discussion thread by posting a podcast. Have little or no hurdle to post (easy to find, no password). Be Specific, close ended. Have multiple options to reply to you (via blog for example). Is it Successful? How do you measure podcast success? Give your podcast a home with Blogger or WordPress. This gives you the discussion home along with the podcast. Lizbin = gives you metrics.

Should I do a video podcast? Video takes up both senses of audio and video. Some people have a routine of listening while they work or exercise. Video takes up too much. If its video, it should be something worthwhile like cooking. Video does not always add to the content.

Duration: Podcasts sometimes become self-indulgent. They stop caring about the audience.

Putting on a face: When they podcast, they become someone else. They put on the ‘narrator’ voice on. The best podcasts are the natural ones. Dont script out your personality. Record in an impromtu way. Later on provide show notes.

Show Notes: You can create transcript after you record. Or post the script you use. This is very useful for learners with certain disabilities. Use notes to provide links. Can be used for search engines purposes. Or to give a quick review of what the show is about. The notes should have a download option

He was also recording the entire presentation with this device, the Zoom H2 Handy Recorder: This might be something we can use to record audio when we are not in the office or visiting another campus. Here is an e-mail the presenter sent with more info.

Let me know if you have any questions about this session. Thank you.

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