Amanda Di Battista and Wild Garden Media Centre teamed up for a one day workshop on Wednesday, September 9th, from 10-1pm. Read below for useful tips, discussion summaries, and useful links.
Starting with her own experience with CoHearence—a first-rate podcast she produces in conjunction with Andrew Mark—Amanda led participants through the basics of conducting an effective interview, mic setups, tech troubleshooting, before concluding with a hands-on roleplaying exercise.
One point reiterated several times was the need to reflect on the reasons for podcasting before recording and programming. It is worth asking, for instance:
- What is your content? Why does it need to be disseminated?
- Why will your podcast be interesting?
- What other sounds will you use besides voices?
- Is this the best way to convey your ideas?
- Who do you want to interview (if anyone)?
Before recording, it is also worth capturing verbal consent from interview subjects. Not only is this a means of protecting oneself against charges of libel — it is also an easy way to label tapes and capture the names of participants.
There are also many roles that will need to be divided up:
- Fact Checker
- Script Writer
- Script Editor
- Sound Editor
- Social Designer
After an interview has been recorded, it might be worth transcribing in order to then be able to edit, compile and rearrange.
Here are links to some of the programs and resources we talked about.