The Podcast School brought to you by the NCRA/ANREC brings together over many years of podcasting experience from our team of Podcast Presenters. We draw expertise from the community broadcast sector and others to find you presenters who have broadcast experience and a background in training. We are confident that our curated 10 course semester will give podcasters of all experience levels great value from the information provided. All courses will be recorded and shared with students afterwards, so if you aren't able to attend a couple classes you will have the recordings to go back to. Below you can see the the descriptions of the sessions, bio from all of our presenters and the registration information.
UPCOMING SPRING SEMESTER
Different types of podcasts
Presenter: Phil Shirakawa
What type of podcast is right for me?
In this course NCRA Award Winning Host/Producer Phil Shirakawa walks you through the many different styles of podcast. He explains the pluses and minuses of many of the popular ways to podcast, helping to aid in your selection of the type of show you will be making.
MAKING A PODCAST ON A BUDGET Presenter: MAX COLLINS
Since the grassroots beginning of podcasting, on-demand radio has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry with new businesses and investors getting involved every day. Despite all of the money being thrown at this new(ish) type of media, one can still start and maintain a podcast for little to no money invested. But if you want to invest a little bit of money in your podcast, where should you start? In this course, the instructor will take you through the essentials needed to start a podcast.
Accessibility in Podcasting
Presenter: Jess Schmidt
This session will touch on the importance of transcripts, and how to get the best bang for your buck in generating them. We’ll also discuss why it’s a creator’s responsibility to make sure that their work is as widely available as possible, and look at some options and proof cases of why transcripts aren’t just the right thing to do – they’re also an awesome marketing tool that are as important to your show’s packaging as your cover art, publishing copy, and all the other assets that help make your show unique.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN LAUNCHING YOUR NEW PODCAST PRESENTER: LINDSAY CURTIS
This session will start with suggestions for preparing to hit launch on your new podcast as well as tips on the first few days out in the world. We will then touch on realistic expectations about downloads, followers and feedback and share how to get through the first few months of podcasting without experience discouragement or podfade. Finally we will discuss how to respond to listener feedback and whether or not tweaking is needed.
Sound Like A Pro: Tech SetUp
Presenter: Phil Shirakawa
In this seminar you will learn how to get the most out of yourself and your recording equipment, to assist in making your show sound it’s best. From speech techniques, physical placement of announcer(s), microphones and recording spaces to professional editing techniques, you will be able to increase the technical quality of your show, making it easier for your listeners to enjoy. Hosted by NCRA Award Winning Programmer Phil Shirakawa.
Promoting Your Podcast on Social Media
Presenter: Aniruddho Chokroborty-Hoque
You have created your podcast episode – it has stellar audio, a tight script that tells a wonderful story. But how do you get people to listen to it? How do you attract audiences and maintain those numbers? This class will tell you how to create your marketing strategies, what tactics to deploy, how to measure your marketing efforts, and how to create and leverage your web presence and social media to get audiences.
DEFINING THE AIM OF YOUR PODCAST / WEBPAGE FOR PODCASTS PRESENTER: PAMELA HAASEN
This session outlines exercises for a podcaster of ANY level to create the reason for your podcast and the methods you’ll use to achieve that result. This is a step most often skipped by podcasters but to accomplish it means saving a lot of work for yourself in the future. How to make a trailer is simply the how, why, what, and who of a teaser/trailer for your podcast (to get people excited, to release on social media, to apply for money, etc).
What’s your story? Researching and script-writing your podcast
pRESENTER: Aniruddho Chokroborty-Hoque
Learn how to create a well-researched tightly scripted podcast episode. How do you conduct background research for your story? What are some of the writing techniques you use to script your story? This class will tell you how to conduct airtight background research, carry out revealing interviews, and combine these with stellar writing techniques to script your podcast episodes.
How to make the most of AI in your podcast
Presenter: Jess Schmidt
This session will go over some free and paid AI tools that are useful for podcasters, and will discuss the potential and limitations of this new cutting-edge and buzzworthy tech. In particular, we’ll go over the use cases for ChatGPT, Descript, etc. and how you can use AI to help with things like audio editing, transcription, images, and writing show notes and media assets.
AVAILABLE FUNDS FOR PODCASTERS PRESENTER: PAMELA HAASEN
Whether you are new to podcasting or you’ve been at it for years, you know that monetizing and making money podcasting is tricky. There are many avenues to take, but finding the right one for you can be daunting. Pam Haasen is hosting Available Funds for Podcasterst to help you pitch your show as a viable project, tips to make your grant application stand out, as well as what roles and items to include in your budget and description.