Podcasting with senior broadcasting student Ricky Cornish

Our assignment for Kent State this week was to conduct a podcasting interview program. For those of you who know me, you know that I always have BIG dreams. The podcast I planned had all kinds of natural sound and sections of singing from last weeks’ musical Cinderella at Faith Lutheran. Usually, I would say I am visually very good at storytelling, however audio without video is another medium where I lack much experience.

I planned out my podcast by setting up the interview with Cinderella between blocks at school because that was her only availability. She’s a busy girl that Cinderella. Anyway, nothing worked. I have amazing soundbites but doors slamming, bell ringing and students yelling in the back round interrupted my beautiful interview! What I learned from this is it is very important to be somewhere quiet where we will not be disturbed for the duration of the interview.

Since the interviews were unusable, I went to Plan B which actually I am very pleased with. Senior Ricky Cornish, has been a student of mine since the 8th grade. He is well spoken and is possibly as passionate about journalism as I am. So I sat down and spoke to him about his journey with broadcasting. I interviewed him in a soundproof room where we do voiceovers. I used a Shure microphone stick mic that we use for broadcast with cameras. With Cinderella, I used a clip on microphone. I do not recommend this for a two person interview. In hindsight, that is where I should have had Cinderella meet me. You see, better planning will make for a better podcast!

Finally, I learned that live podcasting is fun, and easy for me as far as flowing with conversation. I know I need to work on saying “um’s, and uh’s” but I wound up going off script because sometimes as I tell my students your interviewee can guide the interview into another direction. In my experience, a good interview comes from listening  not following your questions as much. Just use the questions as a guideline.

The technicalities of editing and uploading are enough for me to never do this again, however. Adding music and natural sound would have been something I would have liked to learn about and work on and practice more throughout the time in Teaching Multi Media.

Here are some tips for you for your podcast that I learned.

  1. Be prepared for your entire podcast but be flexible if things don’t work out.
  2. Record in a quiet place.
  3. Let your interview flow naturally, do not try to stick so much to the script.
  4. When editing in Audacity, have patience, save everything and use a mouse.
  5. Google for help, nobody really can help you besides practice and watching tutorials.
  6. REMEMBER who you are serving. YOUR AUDIENCE!

Overall, it was a learning experience and I hope you enjoy listening to Ricky. He is a dynamic student and an even better communicator. I am excited to see where all of his hard work takes him.



Learning podcasting is necessary for multimedia journalism teachers

This week for my master’s class Teaching Multimedia, the assignment was to produce a podcast. The thought of that was frightening for even a somewhat technical person.  When this assignment was given, the first thing that came to my mind was the first time a professor in college had us listen to actual radio for our assignment. I fell in love with challenging my senses to feel and picture this scene the reporter was painting. One of my favorite things to do on a long drive, or when I have spare time is listen to NPR podcasts.

With this latest assignment I was exposed to a new site called https://audioboom.com. I found this application to be like Pinterest in a way. You can select topics you like and listen to podcasts, or record your own.  I did however run into a problem with saving the recorded podcast, later to realize it just uploaded immediately to Audioboom.

In my podcast, I decided to give a shot at a D1 college lacrosse game this weekend: Denver vs. UNC. I recorded audio from the game and after I interviewed a player. Under the circumstances, I had to interview my son and not another player. I would have liked to interview a different player, but as you will hear it was fun to interview him for my first ever podcast.  You can find this podcast also here: https://audioboom.com/posts/5674958-grant-gravitt-d1-athlete.

There are many tweaks I could do to make this podcast better. In fact, I don’t care to post something this raw, but it was the first one.  In the next weeks lesson , I will be learning how to edit audio in Audacity. With this program, I can edit in the audio sound I recorded at the game here:  https://audioboom.com/posts/5673787-let-s-go-denver and also some more cheering that I also uploaded to Audioboom that day. https://audioboom.com/posts/5673784-game-audio-du-vs-tarheels.

I highly recommend giving Audioboom a shot. The interview I used a small lavalier microphone and clipped it to my subject and used my iPhone.  Uploading to wordpress.com was a little hard to figure out at first ,but I brought the file in through i Tunes and attached the HTML and the embed codes to the file.

The future for multimedia journalism is podcasting, so give it a try.