Podcast Production Resources


Podcast Production Resources

These are reference resources from the Podcasting for Journalism Students book. They are standard prospects, script, and running orders. In time you will probably develop your own to your style, but feel free to use these as a starting point.


All are .docx files




Prospects for a podcast episode

Prospects for a radio programme

Where do you Begin?

There is a nice piece “How to start a podcast” piece on WebsiteSetUp. It’s by Robert Menning. It takes you through what you need to think about and do to start podcasting and a good introduction if you are new to podcasting. If it whets your appetite, you can learn even more from either Podcasting for Journalism Students or Podcasting for Community Organisations.


I recently came across this very useful post on BuzzSprout: 17 Essential Podcast Recording & Editing Tips for Audacity

“Audacity is the most popular recording and editing software for podcasters. Not only does it have pro-level features, but you can’t beat the free price tag.

Unfortunately, Audacity has a steep learning curve that turns some podcasters away. That’s why we put together this post on the 17 Essential Podcast Recording & Editing Tips for Audacity.”

The post has detail I do not have the scope to go into. If you want to advance your sound management and editing skills, this is a great placed to start.



The Turnaround from Maximum Fun. It is an essential if you want to understand interviewing.

The Turnaround is a new show about our greatest living interviewers, hosted by Jesse Thorn and produced by Maximum Fun and Columbia Journalism Review. Featuring conversations with prominent interviewers about their careers and their craft, the show is a perfect resource for a new generation of storytellers and journalists. You’ll hear Jesse speak with Larry King, Terry Gross, Werner Herzog, Audie Cornish, and so many more!

I’ve listened to  couple so far and the information is essential for new (and to be honest, established) interviewers, journalists and presenters. Find it here.


Podcasting for Journalism Students - Second Edition

The second edition of Podcasting for Journalism Students was published on 1 June 2017. It is available on Kindle here and paperback here.

This is a revised and re-written second edition of Podcasting for Journalism Students.

The book is for young, trainee, or student journalists not specialising in broadcast media. It is an introduction to “making content”, podcasting and broadcasting whether you want to understand production on a professional level or simply because you want to create podcasts for fun or add something useful to your CV.

It is a result of experience teaching radio production to journalism BA students in Dublin. Most, but not all these pages are the module and support notes. The book is part of the “Podcasting For …” project which includes podcasts and the podcastingfor.com blog.

Contents include:

• Deciding on your purpose
• The Production Team
• Roles of the editor, producer, assistant producer, presenters, reporters, researchers
• Turning the Prospects into the Running Order
• Essential Skills: writing, reading and “marking up” a script, interviewing, planning the interview, doing an interview,
• Programme structure,
• Recording in and out of the studio, equipment (studio, microphones, recorders), using a smartphone, using a digital recorder.
• How to edit using a computer and audio editing software,
• Programme making including structure, show notes, advertising, sponsors and other non-production credits
• Podcast platforms, blog and social media, making the mp3 audio file, setting up your podcast host, registering with iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn.
• Digital Promotions, using Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Using more traditional methods of promoting.
• Managing the online community Drawing up the guidelines
• Copyright. Staying within the law.

Journalists, newspapers, magazines, television programmes, any supplier of news, opinion or information can use podcasting to increase their reach, promote their main publication, bring additionality to their subscribers. People who were once “ink only” journalists are producing radio – to various levels of professionalism. They range from the pathetically poor (failing to understand simple production processes like audio quality or engaging audiences) to podcasts that are high quality technically and editorially.

Many have turned to audio podcasting as a strategic way to bring distinctiveness to their brand. Producing a podcast episode should be an enjoyable experience, and the listener must be able to enjoy listening. It’s not about you as the producer and presenter, it’s about the listener.

Demarcations of the past are becoming meaningless. Magazines produce audio podcasts, newspapers make video, radio stations produce websites and so it goes. A journalism student beginning work in a newspaper or magazine, might well get opportunities to produce stories for the publication’s podcast. Better still, a talented journalist might be offered the opportunity start a brand-new podcast.

This book, and its predecessor “Podcasting for Communities”, answers the question “How?”. Find out more than you ever thought you needed to know right here.

You don’t need to be a part of an organisation to produce a podcast; any single person or team can produce stories cheaply and easily and bring those stories to their audience.

This is not meant to be a book you begin to read at page 1 and work your way through. It is intended to be reference for when you want to understand aspect or learn more about radio production and podcasting.

We can all be podcasters now because the tools to produce a podcast have never been so cheap (some, free!). The access to distributing our radio programmes on the internet has never been easier. Even the process to get our podcasts listed on iTunes is simpler than ever before. Although there is a lot more competition. There are more tools available to us and they are easier to understand.