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Podcasting: Best Practices

This guide provides information about getting started with podcasting in programs like Audacity and GarageBand.

Best Practices for Creating Podcasts

1) Plan out your content in advanced for a streamlined story

Plan our your story in advanced using an outline or by another means to know what you're arguing, what's coming next, timing, etc.

2) Cite your sources! Do this during the audio!

Simply mention in the audio if you are quoting somebody, where your statics came from, or other information.

3) Use music/sound effectively and tastefully 

Choose music that reflects the mood and theme of the podcast you are creating.  For example: do not use something really up beat if you are talking about a serious and sad topic. Instead use sad slow music.

4) Who is your audience? 

Your word choice, outline, and other podcast choices should be relevant and appropriate for your intended audience.

5) Quality of sound should be clear (free of background noise and static) 

Be aware of what sounds are around you while recording. Try to minimize and eliminate any noise that is in the room when you record. Additionally, higher quality microphones will help keep static at bay! Check out microphones and other technology in Van Wylen Library!

Formatting Your Podcast

1) Do you want your podcast to sound scripted or be a more upbeat and casual conversation?

2) How many Voices do you want? Single voice or a group conversation?

3) Do you want to read interview or quoted material or have a live voice (or an actor playing a voice)? 

Additional Best Practices and Resources

1) Follow appropriate Copyright for all sound files added!  

Check out our libguide here:

2) Need help storyboarding or outlining your podcast? Try NPR's Blueprint Project:

3) Check out Van Wylen Library's Loanable technology! See what's available here: