I went to a remote control – launched a podcast: what to read for beginners – 5 books I checked
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I’m really curious about who writes what. If I see that someone has launched a new program, I download releases – I listen. When there are no such finds – I ask who has any podcasts.
The general trend is understandable – more and more people want to do their programs and spend time (and companies spend money) on equipment, recording and editing. Many try to do everything perfectly right away, others progress from release to release, and others do not bother and write to a smartphone. By the way, the last option is also suitable for starting!
In the golden age of conversational content, there is an audience for everyone. It’s true. But if you want to improve something and pump in this area, here is a systematic information on the topic.
Podcasting: The Audio Media Revolution
280 pages of interviews with producers and presenters of broadcasts, thanks to which podcasting became widespread. These are people from Edison Research, BBC, Libsyn and other iconic organizations in this field.
They share their experiences and tell what needs to be done so that the stories in your program are no worse than in the acclaimed “Serial” podcast. Only the table of contents makes it clear that we must take and read. Here are a couple of examples of key sections of the book:
- “Splatters of Shit: Story, Science and Digital Speech on Radiolab”;
- “Blood Culture: Gaming the Podcast System”;
- “The Truth About Serial: It’s Not Really About a Murder.”
Community, earnings, independent production of gears – there is everything. And I like the presentation of the material in this edition.
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Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets
I will say right away that I am not a fan of graphic short stories, if these are not comics Jim Lee. Therefore, to decide for yourself whether this is yours or not, open LitHub and read one chapter from the book for free.
The book discusses approaches to working with stories using examples like Planet Money, Radiolab, and The Moth. Key points, specific cases – this is, but I can’t get rid of the format.
NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production
The quality bar for Russian-speaking podcasts is already quite high. If in 2013 I was in the top of iTunes without any problems, today it has become much more difficult to get there. I like this situation.
So our small but strong podcast market will only be stronger. Therefore, it will not be superfluous to study the mathematical part – to read what much more experienced people write on the topic.
This book was written by well-known producer and journalist Jonathan Kern, whose reports on 9/11 were awarded “Peabody Prizes“. He tells how conversational radio works: from interviews in the studio to recording on the road and conducting conversations with guests. Jonathan worked for many years at Npr, was responsible for large projects and training specialists, so it’s worth considering.
Podcast: Learn How to Stop Babbling
If you want something simpler, take this book. It will help to put everything on the shelves and save you from fear of your voice, “verbal salad” and other problems of novice podcasters.
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The author of the book is professional journalist Mike Eiman. He explains how to plan recording of releases, systematically prepare content, and train your speech skills. What is important, this is an accessible publication, a book is cheaper than many others on the topic.
How to Start a Podcast: Practical tips from the producer of Casefile: True Crime Podcast
The best that can be is first-hand experience, so the book of the producer of the popular true crime program “Casefile” should be noted. Mike Migas (Mike Migas) exchanged a career in a big movie for work with conversational content, and the results of his work speak for themselves.
Casefile is one of the top podcasts. But behind its production is the most diverse work: from administrative tasks to processing audio and writing musical “clothes” for each issue. In the book, Mike talks about his approach to business and gives recommendations.
P.S. If you would like to launch your technological podcast (personal / corporate / any), I will be glad to help – from organizing remote recording (it will not be superfluous today) to processing audio and distribution. There are any other questions on the topic, feel free to write in PM here or on facebook.
P.P.S. My English-speaking Habraposts (need such – please contact):
- How Startups Can Integrate Culture Into Their Content-Marketing Strategies, and Scale It Fast
- Indebted to the Pioneers: How the Need for Innovation Sparked the Birth of the Tech Industry
- An Inside Look at Moscow’s Network of Smart Workspaces