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Help With ~ Podcasts

Podcast Pre-Production Survey

Your Podcast Design

1. Deciding Podcast Topic

2. Deciding Potential Podcast Group Members

3. Deciding Podcast Format: 2 Articles and 1 Video on Podcast Types  

a. Podcast Type Options (Pros + Cons)

b. Podcast Formats (Pros + Cons)

c. Choosing Podcast Type and Length

4. Writing your Podcast Script: 2 Articles on Podcast Script Writing 



Finding Podcast Resources

1. To support your podcast topic, Peer Research Tutors & Librarians are available to help you identify and locate:

  • audio resources
  • subject experts to interview
  • reliable sources for information or statistics

2. Gather Audio Source Materials

  • To enhance your audience's experience of listening to the podcast, consider using found audio.  This can include sound effects, background music, and/or other snippets of audio from interviews, speeches, etc.
  • Especially if your podcast will appear on a public-facing platform, there are very important considerations in relation to copyright, fair use, and permissions. 
    • Music & Audio:  Portion Limits for Educational Use

      • Up to 10%, but in no event more than 30 seconds, of the music and lyrics from an individual musical work (or in the aggregate of extracts from an individual work), whether the musical work is embodied in copies, or audio or audiovisual works.  Any alterations to a musical work shall not change the basic melody or the fundamental character of the work.

  • Copyright-free and licensed audio sources are your best bet.



Especially if your podcast will be showcased beyond your classmates, you will want to make sure that you inform everyone participating in your podcast that it will be available publicly, and that they should provide consent to have their voice published in this way.  Podcast participants may sign a virtual DocuSign form or print out a physical copy of an Individual Recording Release Form and sign it.  You may then submit these forms to the professor and/or professional staff supporting the project.

1. Recording Permission Form on Docusign 

2. Individual Recording Release Form

3. Participants may also give oral consent during interviews.

File Storage & Media Management

Google Shared Drives can serve as a really helpful space to store and organize all relevant media for your podcast.  From research and scripts to audio recordings and metadata, it’s best to keep all of these materials in a central location like Google Shared Drives where you, the professor, and professional staff can all collaborate.

Read more about Shared Google Drives here:

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