Resources for the Novice Podcaster
Getting the opportunity to create an informative and engaging podcast was not only a great addition to my portfolio as a professional writer, but it also taught me a lot about the amount of discipline and research that goes into creating a podcast. Though creating a podcast does take a lot of time and effort, I was able to stumble across some really useful resources that helped a novice like myself get through this daunting task, and I hope they can be of use to anyone who may be interested in creating their own podcast in the future!
This website was INVALUABLE to me when I began recording and editing my podcast as it provides hundreds of free sound effects which can be used to emphasize or spice up your recording. There are a lot of places within the internet where free sound effects can be found, but what I really liked about this website was that the author uses these effects in his own podcasts as well, so you get to see examples of what the sound can achieve when used properly.
- http://www.jstor.org/ (or any other online journal/scholarly database)
When creating a podcast, you can certainly use popular sources to gather data and conduct research, however it is crucial at times have a strong scholarly basis to your claims and facts, which is why I like to go online and dig up some sources on whichever topic it may be. In my case, I was learning about the deep web and hacking communities, so I wanted to find some journals that document this kind of information. I like Jstor in particular because they have an extremely large range of resources, and they are free to use as long as you provide your email. They are also easy to navigate and do not require a pdf download.
- Audacity (recording software)
Audacity was the recording and editing software that I used to create my podcast, and I think for anyone just starting out it is a great tool that can easily help you edit you recording even if you do not have a lot of experience with such a task. It is FREE to download and it does not take up a lot of space on your computer. Also, converting your recording to whichever type of file you need is also easy to do in audacity, which to me makes it ideal software for a novice podcaster. You can download it here: http://audacityteam.org/download/
So there you have it, some of the most useful resources I was able to find within the internet that I believe can help ANYONE create their own successful podcast. Without these I am certain that creating a podcast would have been a seriously difficult task. Remember, the web is a huge resource in itself so there are always resources and information available that can help you if you look hard enough. Good luck and keep podcasting!