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.

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