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Tools for Podcasting

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Jill Olmsted

Pub Date: 2019

Publisher: American University

Language: English

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Reviewed by Susan Wilson, Professor of Communication and Theatre; Director of the Speaking/Listening Center , DePauw University on 10/13/19

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


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).