Workshop Aims In this workshop we are going to look at how we can use audio (podcasting) as a way of getting stories, information and news to an interested audience. We will not be able to go into depth in a three-hour workshop, but we will be able to give an overview of what podcasting is and how to develop and distribute a podcast
What We Will look At What we will look at is. What we need to produce a podcast An audio recorder An Editor A podcast host A Distribution Network
Further Training Material Finally we will look at further training material that students can use in their own time and that can be found on the Media Trust NewsNet site.http://newsnet.mediatrust.org/
What Is Podcasting Podcasting is a crisp way to describe the technology used to push audio content from websites down to consumers of that content, who typically listen to it on their ipod or other audio player, or computer that supports mp3 audio format.
Audio Broadcasts Podcasting lets anybody with a microphone; a computer and an Internet connection publish audio broadcasts that can be listened to by people anywhere in the world. Because the barriers to entry are very low, podcasting is rapidly becoming a popular way for people to share audio broadcasts. Podcasts are free and can be automatically downloaded to portable media players, so they can be listened to whenever it’s convenient.
Delivery On Demand Podcasting is delivering audio content to iPods and other portable media players on demand, so that it can be listened to at the users convenience. The main benefit of podcasting is that listeners can sync content to their media player and take it with them to listen whenever they want to. Because podcasts are typically saved in MP3 format, they can also be listened to on nearly any computer.
Anyone Can Do It Anyone can create a podcast. All over the world, people are creating podcasts on subjects ranging from movies, to technology, to music, to politics and whatever else you can think of. This is new original content made by passionate people who want to share their creativity with the world. The cost to start podcasting is so low that anyone can do it. Most podcasters are everyday people like you and me. They could be talking to you driving in their car, sitting in their living room or speaking at a conference. You get to glimpse into their life and into their interests.
Different types of Podcast Presentations News Events Interviews Recordings of Meetings Case Studies Digital Stories
Hybrid Podcast Matt Daw is Projects Manager at the international charity PhotoVoice (www.photovoice.org), an organisation that works in partnership with NGOs all around the world designing and delivering participatory photography projects with marginalised and vulnerable groups. These projects provide communities who are often denied the opportunity to speak out and be heard with the skills and opportunity to participate directly in campaigning for positive social change. People who are often the subject of photojournalism take control over how they and their community are represented, and become active agents in tackling the issues that affect them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBRAWmOy9X4
Digital Stories A digital story is a short, first person audio- narrative created by combining recorded voice, possibly images, and music or other sounds. A Digital Story is a 2 to 3 minute audio visual presentation of what is usually a personal story It is a sound track of the story-maker’s own voice speaking their own words. Anyone who has a desire to document life experience, ideas, or feelings through the use of story and digital media can tell a digital story.
Some Examples Mendys Story - This is Mendys entry to our Life Round Here project - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykkTwJbHTQ Q Speaking Out - Jo is now Traveller Liaison Officer for Hertfordshire Council and she talks about her life on the road finding agricultural work and her hopes for the future in terms of combatting prejudice - http://www.ruralmedia.co.uk/remember/
Digital Stories From Older Learners Earlier in 2007 the Older & Bolder team set up two workshops, one in Coventry and the other in Birmingham, to record older peoples learning journeys. The mornings were used to encourage the learners to talk about their experiences and how their learning had affected their lives. The facilitators then helped them to gather their thoughts, and any documents and photographs they had bought along, into a story. In the afternoon their stories were recorded and the images loaded onto a computer. These 10 personal stories demonstrate how learning has changed these peoples lives.
Two Personal Stories From Danny who said - The head teacher of my school brought me in to the office and asked me to leave school because of poor results and what he had heard from the teachers. He said that I was wasting their time and mine and that I would make nothing of my life - Well I have! In 2000 I attended Coventry College. I gained my first formal qualification, qualified as an electrician, and in 2006 I set up own company. I have proved my teachers and the head teacher wrong - I have achieved my goals and more." To Margaret who said - At the age of 40 I learnt to read, a new life began. I learnt to thread a needle and went on to a hand embroidery course, followed by a C&G in patchwork and quilting. I found the written work very hard, but using the abc button on the computer and having a great tutor helped."
Migrant Stories Migrant Stories is a unique action research project, which is taking place in Herefordshire throughout 2007. The purpose of the project is to explore new ways of building understanding and social cohesion between migrant and host communities in the sparsely populated county of Herefordshire. The Rural Media Company is building upon its exemplary practice of enabling rural communities to use low budget digital media equipment to communicate creatively and effectively with each other and to inform service & policy development from the ‘bottom up.
Creating Understanding Through an accessible, contemporary form of storytelling, called digital stories, residents from ‘mainstream and ethnic minority communities are exploring barriers to social integration and inclusion. Project participants are identifying examples of where barriers have been overcome and what lay behind such achievements. Through creating a series of personal and poignant audio visual accounts, project participants are in effect be proposing their own ideas and solutions to service providers and policy makers.
Telling A Story Let’s introduce ourselves again. Tell us who you are and name a person who has influenced you (good or bad influence, someone you have met or a famous person that you may not have actually met).
An Exercise Right we are now going to do two exercises. First we are going to ask you to pair up with another and each of you interview the other about the person you have just told us about. Secondly we are going to interview you about your experiences on a podcaster about why you migrated, your experiences here – the difficulties you encountered – or anything that you think is important to say.
Turning Your Story Into A Podcast So how do we turn a story into a Podcast? First we need a recorder Then we need to edit the recording Then we need to upload the podcast to the Web
Recording We can record our story in different ways – for example, Digital Recorder On the Computer On a Mobile Telephone On a Telephone
Digital Recorder (Podcaster) A digital recorder or podcaster records an interview on its own hard memory or a memory card and then this can be uploaded to a computer for editing. Digital Recorders can cost from anything from about £20 to over £200.
On The Computer Computer audio recording technology has advanced significantly in the last 10 years or so. Even a low-powered computer can now record audio professionally with the right hardware and software tools. You can use the Windows Sound Recorder to record your own warning beeps or other sounds. Youll need a sound card that supports sound input, a microphone and speakers Read more: How to Record a Sound on a Windows Computer | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_10021_record-sound- windows.html#ixzz1pZOdkKad
Microphones It is possible to record audio for a digital story using a PC microphone bought from a computer store for less than £20. If you use a professional microphone like a SHURE SM57 it will have a list price of about £75 or so and your audio recordings will be of considerably better quality. There are many other alternatives available on the market at all prices.
Mobile Telephone Mobile phones are often used to record through their audio note facility and is sometimes used for mobile activism. There is a guide on this called Mobile Audio Recording in the Field (And How to Get a Clear Sound From the Streets) It’s well written and comprehensive. It’s also timely, since the recording quality of some higher end phones closely match what one gets from lower end digital recorders.
Audio blogging Some new smart phones can record short passages of audio and post them directly to the internet for sharing. Applications such as AudioBoo at http://audioboo.fm/ let you record a couple of minutes of sound, and upload it immediately to an online server, where other users can subscribe to your username feed, or simply cherry-pick recordings based on the tags and titles given to them by their creators.
Editing There is a wealth of freeware and open source software available on the Internet which will do the job very well. All such software does the same job in very similar ways but the look and feel of these programs can vary widely, and will need to reflect your preferred way of working. It is worth taking some time to download and try some of the available programs before making your final choice
Editing Audacity is a good open source program that provides good quality recordings with an easy to use interface. It can be found at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Wavepad is another good freeware application that can be found at http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/ It is even possible to make reasonable audio recordings for a Digital Story using the Sound Recorder application that comes pre-installed on all Windows PCs. This section contains a quick guide to making your recordings using the Sound Recorder application.
Adding Pictures To Your Podcast You can add pictures to a podcast by using SlideShare which is at http://www.slideshare.net/ This programme adds powerpoint and pdf files to an online slide show. Once these have been uploaded to slideshare you can an audio and edit the photos to the sound.
Who is on SlideShare?• Millions of business and technology decision-makers visit to research topics, e.g., marketing, IT, software development, entrepreneurship, and social media for business.• 50% are managers, directors, or C-level execs with significant purchasing influence**• 50,000 slideshows uploaded weekly• Average time on site = 8 minutes• Average of 20 slides viewed per visit
Explosive Growth! Over 100% growth in the past year!
Adding Pictures To Your Podcast GlobalNet21 recently did a webinar on Combatting Poverty in Uganda and the slide show address is below. http://www.slideshare.net/Global_Net/combatin g-poverty-famine-in-uganda It would have been possible to add commentary to this slide show.
Distributing Your Work Once you have recorded and edited your work then you will want people to hear and see it. This means you will need to get that message out to the public through distribution networks. We have already looked at slideshare, audioboo and podbean and they do that but they are not enough. You will need more exposure.
Distributing Your Work You can distribute your work on already existing social networks such as Facebook Google + Linkedin YouTube
Citizen Journalism & Beacon Hubs -Extending the Public Square
GlobalNet21 Thanks for Joining us at this workshop and we hope that you have enjoyed it. We hope to run a day surgery at the Migrants Resource Centre so that we can go through with you individually how you can Develop a Blog whether in text, audio or through photojournalism.
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