SWW DTP 'How to Create an Effective Podcast' Training

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How to create an effective podcast - An introductory one day workshop

Media Players International

9.30am - 5.30pm

Room 1.14, Canynge Hall, 39 Whatley Road, Bristol, BS8 2PS

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Course overview from Media Players International:

Podcasting is one of the fastest-growing means of communication for universities, be it a recorded series of lectures, a snapshot of research, or an advertisement to attract new students and/or funding.

What strikes one about university podcasts is that although the production quality is important, it is the communication skills of the podcaster, and his or her ability to tell a good story, that makes it effective. Yet surprisingly little attention has been paid to communicating effectively with podcasts to a wide variety of audiences. With MPI’s wide experiencing in broadcasting, and training at 38 British universities in the past 10 years, we are ideally placed to fill that gap. Technical capabilities vary from university to university, while our course enables you to get the best out of whatever technical expertise or resources you may have. We help you to pitch your podcast correctly to the target audience, to organise your thoughts and consider the best ways to present them. We will give you the skills to present the podcast in a talk format, and the interviewing skills to make an interview/conversation style podcast. All participants will have the opportunity to practise both formats, an audio/video straight talk and an on-camera interview.

The workshop does not offer training in technical skills (recording and editing a podcast) because facilities differ from university to university, but the trainers supply the participants with a list of useful ‘how to’ links.

We have given the course at Birmingham, Southampton, Essex, Brunel, UCL, UAL, the Courtauld Institute, Kent, Loughborough and Oxford (for the Chemistry Department, the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and the Humanities division) where it has been well received on each occasion; at Oxford, where we have given the course a number of times, one of the University’s own communications staff said “Really useful and enjoyable . Good mix of delivery style. Great deliverer knowledge- 8 hours flew by!” Francesca Slattery, Outreach Officer for Oriel and St Hilda's Colleges.

At Birmingham, Medical and Dental Sciences PhD candidate Ana Verissimo, who subsequently won the university’s prize for best podcast, wrote “Both trainers made everyone feel comfortable, and the amazing preparation on everyone’s subject was remarkable and unexpected”

And here are some other feedback quotes:

“Absolutely everything was excellent and very useful. I thought the way the structure and content along with the way the questions have to be set was very useful, and transferable to lecturing or language lessons delivery”. Irina Nelson, Lecturer, Modern Languages, Southampton University

“I had such a great time at the workshop... I wanted to thank you for a really enjoyable and informative day” Dr Alex Lloyd, Lecturer in German, Magdalen and St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Very good - lots of useful information- trainers very perceptive in analysis and offering ideas and suggestions for improvements. Helen Adams, Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford

The Objectives

The course enables participants

* to communicate effectively in their podcasts

* to pitch their podcasts correctly to the intended audience

* to choose the best format for their podcast

The Learning Outcomes

* To understand the challenges of attracting online audiences

* to be able to pitch a podcast correctly to the intended audience, including non-specialist ones

* to know how to tell a good story in a podcast

* to know how to plan, structure and present a podcast

* to know how to interview colleagues for a podcast

* to be able to record a podcast in both straight talk and interview formats


0915 Introductions. Communication: getting through versus giving out. Pitching correctly to the audience. Telling a good story in a podcast. What works and what doesn’t (discussion of podcast examples)

1100 Coffee break

11.15-12.00 Podcast as a ‘conversation’ with the audience. Tips for interviewers in interview/conversation type podcasts . Getting a conversational tone in a talk format. The role of sound and video illustrations. Preparing and structuring a podcast 1200-1300 Preparation for recording a podcast

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Recording and playback of a 4 min interview type video podcast in pairs.

15.30 Tea/coffee break

15.45-17.15 Preparing, recording and playback of a 3 min talk podcast (video/audio)

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Your travel expenses will be reimbursed via your home university (from the Cohort Development Fund (CDF)). Please travel via the most economical means available to you. If it isn't possible for you to complete travel to the training within a day and you therefore would need to pay for accommodation in order to attend, please contact Rose (rose.jones@bristol.ac.uk) to discuss further.


Please note that this event is open to students who are currently funded by the SWW DTP.

Spaces on this event are limited. Please note that by registering for this event you are making a firm commitment to attend. If you are subsequently unable to attend please call Rose on 0117 42 82289 at least 24 hours before the event so that your place can be offered to another student.

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