Podcasts and online audio are at the heart of the business of digital media. With audiences flocking to the medium in record numbers and radio listening on connected devices at an all time high, there’s never been a better time to learn about and create audio.
This practical workshop, led by former BBC producer Jack Soper, examines the skills required to create short radio packages or podcasts.
Attendees will learn how to tailor content for a specific audience, then record, edit and publish it online. They will gain skills in interviewing, script writing and delivery, and the use of music and sound effects.
Participants will leave equipped with both editorial and technical knowledge to support their work in creating audio packages and podcasts.
As with all Journalism.co.uk courses, the training will focus on the latest tools and techniques with an emphasis on practical, hands-on learning.
Tea, coffee and danish pastries plus a sandwich buffet lunch are included.
This is an introductory course and no preparation is required. However, participants wishing to get hands on tips are welcome to bring an audio recording device (e.g. smartphone or Zoom recorder) as well as a laptop with audio editing software (e.g. Audacity, Reaper or Garageband) installed.
One-day course structure:
- Introduction and examples of great audio
- Writing, delivering and recording scripts
- Conducting interviews
- Use of music and sound effects
- Practical exercises throughout
- Importing and project management
- Editing and mixing – including individual feedback and assistance
- Output and sharing/publishing
- Playback of finished podcasts or work in progress
This course takes place at The Bridge, 81 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0NQ.
About Jack Soper
Jack Soper is a trainer and producer with over 15 years of experience in media.
He trains journalists and content producers in smartphone reporting and produces content for BBC Radio and Online outlets. He is also a visiting lecturer in media and journalism at City, University of London, and University of Westminster.
In 2013, he won the Gold Sony Radio Academy Award for his audio promotions.
"Jack Soper led the course really well. He was knowledgeable and engaging, and the balance between theory and practice was great. There was nothing that was not useful." - James Linacre
"Excellent course by a superbly-qualified tutor." - Tom Sales
"There was a really great balance between 'teaching' and 'doing'. Lots of practical tips, tailored to our needs and mindful of tight budgets to be able to put this into practice." - Andrew Brookes