Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHello, I'm Siobhan McHugh, and I've been telling audio stories for over 30 years. I started in radio in Ireland where storytelling is in our blood. And now, I've moved into podcasting, which is like radio's first cousin. It's got the same intimacy, but it's even more personal. Podcasting is a one on one medium. And it's opt in. You choose what you want to listen to when. But audio might seem simple, but it has its own rules. So over the next two weeks, we're going to look at the ingredients that go into making a good podcast. We're going to think about what tools you need to use and what mistakes you need to avoid. So let's podcast.

Welcome to the course

Thanks for joining us

The next two weeks

Over the next two weeks, you will be introduced to audio for storytelling. We will be focusing on audio for telling non-fictional stories but we believe many of the strategies that we will teach you can be applied to fictional storytelling also. You will see the advantages of using audio and be given the opportunity to start producing your own podcast episode. Our podcasting duo Siobhan and Grace will pass on the tips they have learned during their time podcasting. They will identify some common pitfalls to avoid and will show you how to map out your own story. There will be many opportunities for you to ‘get creative’ and start producing or manipulating elements of the podcasting medium and process.

This Course

Week 1: Will focus on what a podcast is, some of the tools you’ll need and ways to think about the story you’d like to capture.

Week 2: Will focus on creating and using audio. You’ll learn about, music, texture and timing and methods for review the audio you capture.

While we do recommend working sequentially from week one through to week two, you are also free to jump to the sections that are of most interest to you.

You will receive four weeks free access either from the day the cause launches or from the day you join (if it is mid-run). Use your time wisely we have designed the course to give you time to work on developing your own audio, so make sure to stop and take time as you need it to work on your own project/goals. At the end of the course, you will have an opportunity to share your work and celebrate your achievements. If your free access finishes and you still have more to do, feel free to join us for the next run of the course where you can share your progress with us there.

Set yourself a goal

Each of you come with your own knowledge, experience, and abilities in relation to podcasting and the creation of audio. Take some time to work out what you’d like to get out of the course. Make sure to set goals that are achievable to you personally.

You may want to:

  • know what a podcast is and how to find them

  • learn how to tell powerful stories using audio

  • be introduced to powerful podcasts

  • have a plan for your own podcast by the end of the course

  • produce the first episode of your podcast series

  • record some audio

  • manipulate some audio


For your benefit, we have created a glossary of terms. As you engage with the course, you may come across some words that are new to you or words that have a different meaning in the podcasting context. Please find the glossary attached at the end of the step.

While you’re listening

Please note, all audio examples have been chosen to teach a point. Please remember to think beyond whether you like or enjoy the excerpt personally to focus on the bigger picture of why that example has been selected.

Please note

Australian Aboriginal readers, please note: this site may contain images and voices of Aboriginal people who are deceased.

Strong language and/or themes are also used in audio examples throughout the course:

  • 1.4 - Strong themes - traumas of war (Born to Live) and themes relating to eating disorders (Will Kate Survive Kate)

  • 1.5 - Strong language and themes - traumas of warfare (written text and audio)

  • 1.15 - Strong themes - social/family conflict and crime

Conversation starter

There will also be ‘conversation starters’ throughout the course. We’d love you to see the comments sections as a place to share your own thoughts, experiences, and questions. When you read comments from other learners, you can ‘like’ and/or ‘reply’ to those you find helpful or interesting. Use the comments to introduce yourself:

  • Where in the world are you living?

  • What are your experiences with Podcasting and Podcasts?

Feel free to share a link to your work if you have created podcasts before.

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This video is from the free online course:

The Power of Podcasting for Storytelling

University of Wollongong