Tools for Podcasting
Copyright Year: 2019
Publisher: American University
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This book covers podcasting from soup to nuts. I would use this volume in an introductory audio production course or in any class where students will be engaged in the actual production of podcasts. As an OER, it could also be a valuable and... read more
This book covers podcasting from soup to nuts. I would use this volume in an introductory audio production course or in any class where students will be engaged in the actual production of podcasts. As an OER, it could also be a valuable and accessible resource for podcast workshops with a variety of audiences. While comprehensive, the book is geared toward the beginner. For those with podcast production experience, much of the book would be redundant, however.
The volume is accurate in its depictions of the logistics of podcast production.
Books that are about technology and the media landscape run the risk of being quickly outdated. This text is relevant and timely for now (March, 2021), but will likely need constant updates to keep up with the changing media landscape such as changes to audio production software updates and interfaces, changes to social media platforms including terms of service, changes to podcast hosting options, and changes to legal and copyright considerations.
The prose is lucid and well-organized. However, the list of topics covered in each of the chapters as “printed” in the table of contents is quite extensive—too extensive, really. It is daunting to scan a table of contents and see, for example, 34 (!) topics listed for Chapter 1. Twenty-one topics listed for Chapter 4. Twenty-one topics listed for Chapter 6, and 32 topics listed for Chapter 9, etc. Keep the information, of course, as it is valuable. I would recommend that the author combine these topics into no more than 6-8 macro-level topics for each chapter. Then, within each chapter, go ahead and create sub-sections to cover each of these topics within each chapter.
The book uses terms in a consistent manner and maintains its "how to do it" framework throughout. The half-dozen or so video resources—these link out to YouTube--are helpful starting points for learning about podcasting. They are brief and to the point providing the first steps for using Adobe Audition Editing, Audacity Editing, and Garageband Editing. Follow-up videos with instruction for more intermediate and even advanced production would be a welcome addition. There are also audio clips that link out to Sound Cloud such as a short audio clip entitled, “Good vs. Bad Sound.” However, the clip does not explain which instance is good and which is bad and why. The audio clip entitled, “Zoom.us Audio Tests” does provide good examples of high-quality and low-quality audio and explains the different sources and how those different sources relate to the sound quality.
This is one of the strengths of the book. Each chapter, as well as sections within each chapter, are easily accessible and can stand-alone. I could see using sections from a few chapters to create a podcast workshop, for example.
The overall logic and flow of topics of the book make sense. Chapter 1 contextualizes podcasts with discussions of their history, ubiquity, rapid growth, and content. I was glad to see a discussion, albeit brief, about equity pay gap, gender, and diversity. The next several chapters delve into the doing of podcasts, starting with generating podcast ideas, format, title, and music (chapter 2). The next chapters address the logistics of recording (chapters 3 and chapter 4), conducting interviews (chapter 5), organizing content and writing scripts (chapter 6), voice exercises and vocal tips (chapter 7), editing the podcast audio content (chapter 8), strategies and resources for the publication and promotion of the podcast (chapter 9), considerations of the audience (chapter 10), and legal issues of copyright and ownership (chapter 11). Examples from actual podcasts are included in many of the chapters to illustrate the ideas and provide examples of best practices.
This is an area of weakness. While the OER accessibility is wonderful, there is a lot of extra clicking around. One can select the book as a PDF, download the book, or use the book on a website, or use the book on the companion website--okay. But it turns out that the companion website is where the audio and video resource links actually reside. So those could be easily missed. Then one must link out to each of those. I found myself buried in windows with unnecessary complexity and confusion simply to access the information of the book. If the book and the resources could be located within the *same* window that would be an enormous advantage.
I did observe several typos that were distracting.
Generally good and I would recommend including in the example podcasts a more diverse range of voices and experiences.
The textbook covers many of the topics in podcasting -- scripting, marketing, the basics of interviewing, etc. The book is very good at addressing broad and emerging questions in podcasting. For a book like this I would expect slightly more... read more
The textbook covers many of the topics in podcasting -- scripting, marketing, the basics of interviewing, etc. The book is very good at addressing broad and emerging questions in podcasting. For a book like this I would expect slightly more in-depth information on how to physically record a pod-cast, say, through an in-depth walkthrough of a basic project on Audacity. Instead, the book offers plenty of available resources that students can use to find any more information they might be interested in.
Everything seems to be accurate.
Despite covering what is a nascent media, the book author does well to cover important topics that are relevant beyond just podcasting -- scripting, interview techniques, etc. For that reason the book is quite useful beyond an interest in just podcasts.
The book is quite clear but there are certain aspects that are impossible to do justice to with the limited amount of space: microphones, best practices, file types, etc.
The book is consistent throughout.
Book is very modular with obvious and descriptive chapter descriptors.
The book is well-organized and logical in how it presents information.
The book does have many images/graphs that are quite blurry, borderline unusable in the PDF that I was able to download.
No grammatical issues.
Quite a useful book if there is no need for in-depth technical questions.
This book is amazing. A comprehensive guide to ALL aspects of podcasting from start to finish. The tutorials cover aspects of recording/editing and an overview of free/affordable recording software applications. Other topics include; How to... read more
This book is amazing. A comprehensive guide to ALL aspects of podcasting from start to finish. The tutorials cover aspects of recording/editing and an overview of free/affordable recording software applications. Other topics include; How to Conduct Interviews (great student activity), Publish and promote a podcast and Legal issues related to podcasting. A lot of great hyperlinks throughout. This book could stand alone simply as a "Resource Guide". There is a long list of Newsletters, Podcasts & Conferences in Appendix A and a massive list of Resources in Appendix B. There is also a companion website for easy referencing.
The information about recording is not only great for students but also great for non-technical educators who are wanting (and probably need) to create online course content.
Very informative graphs with up to date statistics to support the current growth of the industry. Given the speed in growth of the podcasting industry, the statistical aspects of this book will need to be monitored and updated in order to maintain its' cutting edge status. The information given was enlightening and clearly shows very current trends. Overview of potential revenue streams - although not a quick money solution, it is something that could certainly become a supplemental income. This book has given me a bit more motivation to produce a podcast about Audio Technology in hopes of attracting a larger client base for audio and video projects.
Very easy to read. Information broken down into small bites. Steps for tasks are broken down very clearly.
Very consistent in all aspects.
Very clear text with obvious topic transitions. Objectives given at the beginning of each Chapter.
The order of topics in the book is perfect. Stays on specific topics within each section.
All the pics look great. A few graphs seem to have lost a bit of resolution in the transfer but did not affect the ability to read. Probably seems more noticeable against all the high definition pics throughout.
No issues with how anything was written. Simply put and easy to understand.
This is a "how to" book and doesn't get into any cultural aspects and impact this may have on society. However, possessing the skills to create a podcast allows anyone to have a voice. And one voice can have a big impact.
The book covered what a pod cast was. The technical knowledge that was needed. The fundamentals of communicating via audio. There was even some legal information included that is very helpful. read more
The book covered what a pod cast was. The technical knowledge that was needed. The fundamentals of communicating via audio. There was even some legal information included that is very helpful.
I believe the book to be as accurate as it could be being that Pod Casting is an everchanging field. It presented foundational instruction on communication, and the technical information pertaining to equipment rang true with my experiences with audio.
Pod casting is an ever changing industry and I'm sure some of the technical/software based information will be obsolete. However, so much fundamental communication and audio production principles explained in the book have not changed for decades.
Each chapter has a list of learning objectives that give the reader guidance as to what is supposed to be acquired by each chapter. This certainly provides clarity.
There is a consistent excitement about the subject matter. A consistent inspiring of the reader to podcast.
The book though divided into chapters is written more like a magazine instead of a textbook. There were headings, chapters, and pictures. I do think that some books should be organized in this fashion although not as modular.
The book is relatively chronological, but this book by design may be slightly unorganized due to the mindset of artists who podcast. Pictures, links, and statistics are designed to inspire as well as inform
The book is easy to read. The magazine type of format is inviting and unthreatening.
No grammatical errors seen
There were some mention of which races listen to podcasting. These were factual statistics presented with no bias.
So many people want to know how to podcast, and this book is a great tool to get them started.,
The book, Tools for Podcasting, is comprehensive in introductory information about podcasting. The intended audience is those who are interested in learning how to get started with podcasting or develop their skills. The book provides helpful... read more
The book, Tools for Podcasting, is comprehensive in introductory information about podcasting. The intended audience is those who are interested in learning how to get started with podcasting or develop their skills. The book provides helpful information to create a podcast. Helpful items are included with links to podcasting resources. The book includes numerous examples of audio clips, video clips, and video tutorials that show how to edit podcast software, vocal delivery, and promotion ideas.
Within each chapter there are references of sources for information provided. There is a great deal of accurate information in the text.
Podcasting is a common practice in today’s world. The use of podcasting is increasing and has many uses, such as storytelling, entertainment, marketing, education, and more. The book provides an introductory podcasting practice information. This helps podcasters to develop and refine their skills to improve quality of podcasts.
The book is clear and easy to read. The text moves from simple to more complex topics within podcasting. The second half of the textbook builds on the first half of the context. The application examples improve clarity. Practice application activities are found in Appendix C.
The writing style is consistent throughout the book. The author does not contradict herself.
The book includes 11 chapters. Content is organized by sub-topics within chapters. Headings provide organization to break up the content sections in each chapter. The chapters flow well from one topic to another, using a logical progression.
Podcasting topics are presented in 11 chapters and three appendixes that is well organized. Content about Podcasting is organized into the 11 chapters and further organized into sub-topic sections in each chapter. It is easy to go back to another chapter and find something previously read due to the chapter and heading organization.
The textbook was easy to navigate. The table of contents menu available on every page was very helpful. The audio file examples worked easy and were of high quality. One area for improvement is in the appendixes. When clicking on resource links it would leave the book to go to the resource. Opening the resource link in a new tab is preferred. The book is available online or as PDF.
No grammatical errors are present.
The book includes an emphasis on age, gender, and cultural diversity and inclusion. The text includes mentorships and employment opportunities found in the resources. The author did not say anything explicitly offensive or insensitive. The images represent a diverse population of people.
This is an easy to read introduction to podcasting. It includes many important aspects of podcasting and keen tips. The videos include closed captioning. The book includes podcasting information about transcription of podcasts for accessibility for hearing impaired audiences. I highly recommend this book!
This book does a great job of laying the framework for an introduction into the world of podcasting. The first chapter is dedicated to the history and current trends of podcasting. The subsequent chapters address format and content considerations... read more
This book does a great job of laying the framework for an introduction into the world of podcasting. The first chapter is dedicated to the history and current trends of podcasting. The subsequent chapters address format and content considerations for creating different types of podcasting along with basic lists of tools and technologies. The final chapters build upon the content presented in the first half of the textbook and offer a deeper dive into best practices for pre-production, editing, and publication. One thing that I would have liked to see more of is a tie to the history of radio and a review of sound as a medium.
The content is accurate and there are ample links to external resources. The author presents the information without bias. This allows for the freedom to apply the information to any podcast project and not just specific types that fit a certain format.
This is a hard topic to write for in terms of relevancy. The tools and technology are constantly changing. I think the book will be perfectly relevant for a couple of more years, but revisions will have to be made to reflect the availability of new tools. Also, while the many links presented throughout the book create a very strong resource, much care will need to be taken to ensure those links are still relevant every semester. I do believe that this book is written in such a way that these updates should be fairly straightforward to implement.
The text is very approachable and much care was taken to ensure readability for absolute beginners and experts alike. The necessary jargon is presented in context and accompanied by examples to help the reader become familiar with the terms and concepts.
This book is consistent throughout the entire text in terms of technology and framework. All of the chapters are of similar length and design. The balance between media and text is consistent.
This book can definitely be used in part or in whole. I have already selected a few chapters for some of my students who are developing podcasts. They have been able to use the chapters independently of the book and have benefitted from the specific information that they needed on a particular topic.
The topics are organized in a logical fashion and are presented in logical order.
There are no navigation problems that I came across while reviewing the text. The main issue with navigation is the presentation of the external links. Often times, a single word is hyperlinked that, when clicked, takes the reader to an external link. It would be much more accessible if the links were descriptive in nature. Users should know where they are being directed before leaving the textbook.
The book is free of grammatical errors.
This book does a great job from the first chapter to address readers (and podcast producers) of different backgrounds. The examples used throughout the book are balanced in terms of representation. There are ample links that tell the stories of podcasting from multiple different viewpoints.
Jill Olmstead's book included both a breadth and depth of material about the audio podcasting process. The book explains the history and current state of podcasting. It goes on to describes step by step how to make podcasts from initial ideas... read more
Jill Olmstead's book included both a breadth and depth of material about the audio podcasting process. The book explains the history and current state of podcasting. It goes on to describes step by step how to make podcasts from initial ideas through production, editing, and dissemination. Chapter 6 suggests different ways to script a podcast providing a prototype and also referring students to podcast examples. Chapter 8 covers methods of editing, while Chapter 9 describes how to publish a podcast. The book has clear chapter headings and three helpful Appendices, including Appendix C that describes eight assignments for students. At the outset of every chapter there are clearly stated learning goals.
The book presented very accurate information in an accessible way. For example, Chapter 5 on Interviewing provided an excellent and concise description for what goes into an effective interview. Too often students miss great opportunities for real connections with people, whether for a podcast, an informational interview, or even a personal job interview, because they don't effectively prepare for the interview. Reading this chapter will help them address these issues.
Current students are very attuned to podcasts. They reference them in class discussions as well as in daily conversation. Sometimes they propose whipping one up as a project. Olmstead's book will disabuse students of the notion they can be haphazardly thrown together. The book will provide guidance for how to make a well-crafted project. The book provides up-to-date references and data since it was added to the library in 2019. Like other tech guides, the latter chapters on specific products may need to be updated as new products become available.
The book was clearly written. The inclusion of charts helped explain material, while images provided both visual interest and in some cases demonstrated how something should be done correctly, like microphone use.
The book lays out terminology very clearly, even for beginners. It provides additional resources via links that will appeal to students at all levels. While Chapter 11 specifically examines podcasts and legal issues, the book reinforces the ethics of podcasting, throughout the book. For example, it discusses issues of copyright and fair use in several chapters since this topic cannot be treated lightly nor is it specific to any one area of podcasting.
The book divided podcasting into four clear subsections: 1) laying out the history of podcasting; 2) guiding students toward initial ideas for podcasts; 3) discussing how students can craft a narrative story that appeals to an audience; 4) describing recording, editing, and publishing of podcasts. The chapters were discrete, but also referenced one another when reader might need some refresher.
The organization of the book is excellent. Olmstead presents the topic as if she's having a friendly and helpful conversation with an audience she wants to guide. As I was reading, I'd think "I wonder about. . ." and then that was the next section in the textbook.
The book is replete with easy to navigate links that both explain and reinforce the material presented. The use of blue type indicated a link that would augment the argument or provide an example. It was easy to click on the links and find a relevant page and then return to the textbook by using the computer's back arrow.
The book was well-written and devoid of grammatical and typographic errors.
The book includes examples related to age, gender, and cultural diversity. The first chapter, for example, describes ways that podcasting could be more inclusive and add more "voices" to the civic dialogue, while Appendix B: Resources provides resources focused on diversity, ethnicity, and race as well as gender and sexuality. The book is also aware of the digital divide and presents several low-cost ways of listening to and producing podcasts.
I liked that there was a pdf version, an e-book, and a companion website. I also liked that the author invites helpful suggestions. Chapter 7 of the book would be beneficial in any subject classes where vocal work is needed.
Table of Contents
About the Author
- Chapter 1: Podcasting Growth, Trends, Landscape
- Chapter 2: Title, Description, Music, Cover Art
- Chapter 3: Microphones, Recorders, Filters
- Chapter 4: Best Practices for Recording
- Chapter 5: Interview Preparation, Listening, Ending
- Chapter 6: Scripting, Opens, Bumpers, Outros
- Chapter 7: Voicing Tips, Exercises, Script Marking
- Chapter 8: Audacity, Garageband, Audition Editing
- Chapter 9: Publishing Hosts, Transcription, Promotion
- Chapter 10: How Do You Measure Audience?
- Chapter 11: Avoiding Legal Trouble
Appendix A: Newsletters, Podcasts, Conferences
Appendix B: Resources
Appendix C: Podcast Assignments & Examples
About the Book
Welcome! If you’re interested in learning about the growing universe of podcasting, how it works and finding tools and inspiration to create your own podcast, this online resource is for you. My focus is on audio podcasting and this practical guide will help you navigate the technology and best practices in an easy-to-understand handbook.
You will also find many audio and video clips that provide examples and video tutorials leading you through editing software, vocal delivery, promotion ideas and more. All videos have closed captioning and there is an extensive section on the importance of transcription of podcasts to enable web accessibility for the deaf, hearing impaired and language learning audiences. There is also an emphasis on diversity and inclusion with resources listing mentorships and employment opportunities. For even more information click on the extensive links throughout this e-book.
In addition, each chapter has learning objectives and there are practice exercises in Appendix C at the end of the e-book along with additional resources about podcasting from newsletters and conferences to how-to-create tools and podcast recommendations.
Podcasting is a dynamic way to use your smarts and creativity to tell stories about compelling subjects. This handbook provides instruction and tools to produce your own podcast — whether you are a professional in journalism, the arts, sciences, business or law, an activist or just someone who has a story to tell. The tools discussed are focused on keeping costs low for entry-level podcasters and designed to help anyone who wants to record, edit and distribute podcasts.
About the Contributors
Jill Olmsted is a full-time professor of Journalism at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. She has taught communication courses for 30 years, specializing in audio and video storytelling and public affairs reporting. She writes and comments about media issues, does freelance voice-over work and has done media training for law enforcement and government agencies. She has worked as an on-air television and radio news anchor, reporter and editorialist as well as a producer, editor, photographer and news manager. As a former Washington, D.C., correspondent for nationally syndicated programs, she covered federal agencies and the White House. She’s been a member of professional organizations that include the Online News Association (ONA), Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and The Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).