Podcasting with Youth Radio

Podcasting with Youth Radio


– Podcasts are everywhere right now. It seems like everyone has one. Celebrities, comedians,
politicians, authors, your cousin, your mom, your dog. And for good reason. Unlike other forms of storytelling, high quality podcasts
don’t take a lot of tech, just some creativity, a strong work ethic, and a little know-how. I’m Teresa Chin and I’m a
producer at Youth Radio. At Youth Radio, we work with teens to make awesome authentic
and award-winning media. And, podcasting, it’s kind of our thing. And, now, it can be yours, too. Fun fact. Did you know that podcasts get their name from the iPod itself? Originally called audio blogging, say that three times fast,
podcasting was made popular by the widespread use of mobile playback devices, like the iPod. They allowed people to download
or stream audio episodes and listen back to them on their own time. At Youth Radio, NPR’s official youth desk, podcasts are one of the first
forms of media that we teach. They’re great for a couple
of different reasons. Compared to traditional news radio, podcasts are pretty free-form. They can range from a few
minutes to over an hour. They’re creative with lots
of sound design and music. And they’re personality driven. Also, compared to media products
like video or animations, they’re simple and don’t require a lot of special equipment to get started, just a computer, internet,
and some open-source software. And, despite the low bar to entry, podcasts are one of the most popular forms of storytelling in
today’s media ecosystem. In fact, we’re living in what many people are calling a new golden age for audio. We’ve already seen that
audio can go viral. Thanks, Serial season one. And, thanks to our cell phones, most of us are carrying around a kind of digital audio player and
recorder with us all the time. Today, more people than ever are getting creative with podcasting as a form of intimate,
engaging storytelling. In other words, folks are listening. Not just to journalists or comedians, but to ordinary people who decide to share their stories,
expertise, and ideas. And, real teacher talk here for a moment, podcasts make great classroom projects. They can transform virtually any subject, from STEM to language arts, into shareable, real-world
hands-on activities. Making podcasts encourages
students to explore and explain topics on their own terms. And, who knows, you give
them the mic for a change, you might just learn something. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s make a podcast.

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