Podcasts provide you with an opportunity to deliver your message in a longer and more personal format than other forms of media. If you’re thinking about starting a podcast, read below for the basics of podcasting and watch the video from our April 11, 2018 workshop on Podcasting with Professor Marcia Chatelain and Nikoo Yahyazadeh, Multimedia Specialist in the Gelardin New Media Center. For additional information on starting a podcast, visit our Podcasting at Georgetown: Resources page.
Plan Your Podcast
Podcasts require both equipment and technical expertise to get started, so you will want to set aside some time up front to address those issues. The Library’s Gelardin New Media Center’s Audio and Podcasting Projects guide provides detailed information on planning your project, equipment, editing, and choosing a platform. Gelardin also has multimedia specialists and equipment to assist you with creating your podcast.
Making a good podcast requires planning, especially at the beginning when you make initial determinations about your series.
- What type of podcast you will be making? The level of formality of podcasts varies from scripted monologues to casual, conversation-style discussions.
- How long and how frequent will your podcast be? Many podcasters choose to have a consistent length (20-45 minutes is most common) and release schedule, such as weekly or monthly.
- What topics will you be covering in your podcast? In addition to an overall theme for your podcast series, you will need to decide on a topic for each new episode.
- Will you have guests on your podcast? In addition to listeners hearing your voice, you can add the voices and opinions of others by engaging in conversations or interviews in your podcasts.
- How will your each episode of your podcast flow? Before each show, outline your content, including a strong intro and outro to ensure a smooth flow throughout the podcast. After recording, you will want to edit your podcast to remove dead air, mistakes, or other material that would interrupt the show’s flow.
- What platform will you use for your podcast? iTunes is a popular place for podcasts, but there are other options, and you do not need to limit your podcast to just one platform. Check out the Exporting & Sharing section of the Gelardin guide.
Promoting Your Podcast
In order for your podcast to have the greatest impact, you will want to promote it to potential listeners.
- Let members of your department and other groups on campus know about your new podcast.
- If there are related podcasts, offer to cross-promote each other’s podcasts to reach larger audiences.
- Set up a website with your podcast and link to it from your personal and departmental, and GUFaculty360 web pages.
- Use social media to announce new episodes as they become available.
Selected Podcasts at Georgetown
- Climate History (Dr. Dagomar Degroot and Emma Moesswilde)
- Building Bridges (Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding)
- Diplomatic Immunity (Institute for the Study of Diplomacy)
- The Europe Desk (BMW Center for German and European Studies)
- Faculty in Research (Office of the Provost)
- Speaking Freely; Free Speech and the Pandemic (The Free Speech Project)
- Labor History Today (Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor)
- Library Showcase Podcasts (Student projects)
- The Georgetown Public Policy Review Podcast (Georgetown Public Policy Review)
- Georgetown University Press Podcasts (Georgetown University Press)
- Office Hours: A Podcast (Dr. Marcia Chatelain and Alex Tyson)
- Security Studies (Center for Security Studies)
- Seeking Peace (Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security)
- The State of Retirement: Shaping the Future (Center for Retirement Initiatives)
- U.S.-China Dialogue (Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues)
- Venture Forward (Georgetown Entrepreneurship)
Lists and Directories of Podcasts
- 27 Podcasts to Make You Smarter, from The Guardian
- Academic Podcast Roundup, H-Net’s list of podcasts by professional academics, academic institutions, and amateur podcasters on topics in the humanities and social sciences
- iTunes Podcasts
- NPR Podcast Directory
Learn More about Podcasting
- Audio and Podcasting Projects, Gelardin (2020)
- 7 Things You Should Know about Podcasting, Educause Learning Initiative (2020)
- Starting Your Podcast: A Guide For Students , NPR (November 15, 2018)
- Want to Start a Podcast? Read This First, NPR Training (June 19, 2018)
- Resources for People Interested in Podcasting, International Journalists' Network (May 18, 2018)
- How to Start a Podcast: Step by Step, The Podcast Host (September 25, 2017)
- 10 Things We Learned Producing a Podcast at a University, Chronicle of Higher Education (August 1, 2017)
- You Might Not Be Ready To Start a Podcast, Podcast Websites (March 14, 2017)
- How to Start or Improve a Podcast, Chronicle of Higher Education (December 2, 2014)