Online course

The Power of Podcasting for Storytelling

Discover all things podcasting: learn how to plan, write and publish your own podcast.

Explore the power of the podcast

Podcasting has become an increasingly popular way to tell stories, the number of podcasts grows each year. There are now over half a million podcasts according to Apple.

On this course you will explore exactly what a podcast is and why it’s so powerful for storytelling. You’ll develop your own plan for a podcast, produce a script, and finally investigate different platforms for publishing your brand new podcast.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to telling stories using audio
  • The elements of a podcasting narrative and how to combine these elements authentically
  • The software and hardware involved in producing a podcast
  • Writing a narrative to suit audio
  • The common pitfalls
  • Different genres of podcast
  • Introduction to finding good talent
  • The process of being discovered and heard by an audience

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
    This course started 18 March 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify ideal conditions and environments for recording audio
  • Discuss podcast narrative and genre
  • Experiment with layering audio, music, silence and sound effects to create an experience
  • Describe experiences podcasting or listening to podcasts
  • Investigate how and where audio works best
  • Record and share a podcast with fellow learners
  • Produce a podcast and publish the podcast on a discoverable platform

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in creating a podcast, or learning more about podcasts. It might also be useful for people working in media and communications.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in the course you’ll need recording and editing software. Audacity is a free option for recording and editing.

Who will you learn with?

Siobhan McHugh

My podcasts include the award-winning Phoebe's Fall, Wrong Skin (with Fairfax Media), Heart of Artness. I founded RadioDoc Review to critique podcasts. As A/Prof I research and teach podcasting at uni

Grace Stranger

Grace Stranger is a recent graduate of Journalism at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She is currently working as a freelance podcasting producer and as a social media content manager.

Who developed the course?

The University of Wollongong is among the world’s top 20 modern universities. It routinely rates among the top Australian universities for graduate satisfaction and starting salaries.

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