Lifelong Learning student Marianne Nolte brings us this post on her experience in the Podcasting for Beginners class that took place this Fall”
I signed up for this class because I had a vague thought that I do interesting things (well, interesting to me), and maybe other folks (okay, my mom) would want to hear about them. I had envisioned a podcast dedicated to mountain biking, knitting mishaps, strange brewing projects, restaurant reviews for cities I’ve biked in, and a few notes about my fish, Pooey.
My imaginations hadn’t yet expanded to include technical considerations like a microphone, a quiet space, speakers, software, and a working computer that runs said software. I figured the class might fill me in on the less romantic details of podcasting, and boy, did it ever!
Over the three-week course, I learned how to podcast from the ground up. Instructor John Larsen took the class through important aspects from content and structure, to production and hosting. We learned about legal concerns like fair use doctrine. We learned how to capture sound with specific equipment, and edit it using a program called Audacity. We went over web hosting, digital formats, and MP3 tags. Finally, we talked about distribution, branding, and promotion. The class was fascinating to me, because I had never thought about the behind-the-scenes aspects of podcasting, or how much labor goes into making a good one. I can tell you that I appreciate an hour of RadioWest a lot more, now!
So, how’s my own podcasting going? Well, now that I know all the technical aspects of podcasting, I’ve decided that it’s a bigger investment than I’m prepared for right now. But, that in itself was good information to gather from the class. And if I ever decide to start, I’ve now got the basics under my belt.”
Thanks Marianne! Want to get some good information under your belt? Check out all the newly listed Lifelong Learning classes for Spring 2017 at continue.utah.edu/lifelong