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Over 10 weeks, students gained an understanding of the fundamentals of podcasting, production skills and marketing tips, and they walked away with a resource list for the future. WFAE believes in the power of podcasting to amplify diverse voices, remove barriers to storytelling and to build and connect communities.
Resettled is a six-part podcast series that explores the complex resettlement process through the perspectives of refugees. The podcast team included two former journalists from Afghanistan and a poet and social entrepreneur from Iraq who had experienced resettlement themselves and offered valuable insight. Working with local nonprofits, VPM held a series of storytelling workshops in the community and recorded at booths during international festivals around the state.
Uncuffed is a podcast and radio series made by people incarcerated in California prisons. KALW producers teach them how to record and edit powerful audio stories about life on the inside. Uncuffed seeks to create emotional, human stories to shift the narrative around incarcerated people and change the criminal justice system.
Valley Public Radio launches a new broadcast series and podcast dedicated to rediscovering the short stories of Pulitzer Prize winning author and Fresno native William Saroyan. The program features acclaimed authors reading the works and discussing their relevance to our lives in the COVID-19 era.
Podcasts covering Coronavirus in Spanish – one for North Carolina’s undocumented immigrant community and another for its farmworkers.
The Local is a daily dose of hometown news for Portland, Oregon. New episodes are released every weekday morning; each installment features a rundown of the day’s top stories, a featured story segment and an interview with someone from the community — a local politician, creative, thinker, journalist or leader.
Debuting on March 30, 2020, WBUR’s “Coronavirus, Briefly” provides Greater Boston audiences with a short audio update – a microcast – of the most important local coronavirus headlines every weekday evening via RSS, smart speaker, at wbur.org, and wherever you get your podcasts. It’s your chance to catch up on the day’s coronavirus news and stay informed, in just a few minutes.
WLRH promotes our community’s local musicians and vibrant performing arts scene through two parallel efforts. Local Aliens is a long running compilation CD series of all-local musicians produced by WLRH and given away to the community for free; while Valley Sounds is an all-local weekly broadcast music show and award-winning podcast featuring original music of all genres created and performed in the Tennessee Valley.
Launched in March 2020 as the coronavirus threat began to surge, “The Daily Dose” podcast serves as a twelve-minute evening roundup of WYPR’s latest local and state reporting on Maryland’s COVID-19 response, as well as a forum for community members who want to share their stories about everyday life during the pandemic. This daily podcast fosters greater knowledge, connection and understanding for Marylanders navigating the ongoing public health crisis.
Podcasting 101 / Queen City PodQuest Academy
As a result of the overwhelming interest WFAE received during the 2019 Queen City PodQuest, we were excited to expand podcasting opportunities for the Charlotte area community with the newly-formed Queen City PodQuest Academy.
For those who wanted to turn their ideas into a podcast but weren’t sure where to start, WFAE offered free “Podcasting 101″ classes as part of its newly formed Queen City PodQuest Academy program. Over the course of 10 weeks (one class per week, all with the same presentation/class materials), ‘Podcasting 101” students gained:
– An understanding of the fundamentals of podcasting
– Tips on how to record, produce, and upload a podcast
– Ideas on how to market the podcast and connect with listeners
– A resource list (with tips, tricks and how-to’s) to help continue podcasting
About 500 students were able to attend our “Podcasting 101” classes, and the students ranged in age (high school to retirees), race/ethnicity, location and experience. Out of those, 30 proceeded to the Queen City PodQuest Academy for in-depth lessons on podcast production, marketing, monetization and beyond. Throughout the eight-week PodQuest Academy, students were able to connect with skilled audio professionals, network with local podcasters and receive expert training to bring their podcast ideas to life.
As a result of the program, some students have reached out to say that their podcast was now being produced, or even released! Through our post-event surveys, we saw the impact of offering this program during quarantine; one of the students shared his gratitude for being inspired to reinvest his time during quarantine to pursue podcasting and to finally be able to share his story.
About 500 students were able to attend our "Podcasting 101" classes, and the students ranged in age (high school to retirees), race/ethnicity, location, experience and podcast ideas/stories. Some students have reached out to say that their podcast was now being produced (or even released) as a result of the program. One of the students shared his gratitude in being inspired to reinvest his time during quarantine to pursue podcasting and finally be able to share his story.
This podcast education program garnered a $20,000 grant from the ReEmprise Fund in Charlotte.