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Please note that this course is focused on the communication skills of podcasting, and not the technical skills needed to record and edit a podcast. We are also running Sound Starter training, which will introduce the technical skills involved in recording and editing podcasts.
This course will take place online on Zoom. There are two sessions and you must be able to attend both: 9.15am to 1pm on 23rd & 24th May 2022.
Podcasting is one of the
fastest-growing means of communication for universities, be it a recorded
series of lectures, a snapshot of research, or an advertisement to attract new
students and/ or funding. There is no doubt podcasts are one of the most
accessible “windows” through which to view your university, and your podcasts
should reflect the quality of your institution.
What strikes one about university
podcasts is that although the production quality is important, it is the communication
skills of the podcaster, and their ability to tell a good story,
that makes it effective. Yet surprisingly little attention has been paid to communicating
effectively with podcasts to a wide variety of audiences. With MPI’s wide
experience in broadcasting, and training at 40 British universities in the past
12 years, we are ideally placed to fill that gap.
Technical capabilities vary from
university to university, while our course enables the participants to get
the best out of whatever technical expertise or resources they may have.
We help them to pitch their podcast correctly to the target audience, to
organise their thoughts and consider the best ways to present them. We will give
them the skills to present the podcast in a talk format, and the
interviewing skills to make an interview/conversation style podcast.
All participants will have the
opportunity to practise both formats, an audio/video straight talk and
an on-camera/audio interview.
The workshop does not offer
in-depth training in technical skills (recording and editing a podcast) because
of the variety of software and hardware options, but the trainers supply the
participants with a list of useful ‘how to’ links, as well as giving them some
technical tips during the course.
Tim Grout-Smith is an Oxford English graduate with 26
years of varied experience in journalism at the BBC, and since leaving set up
MPI, advising governments and charities on media relations, and training
academics at 40 British universities, and several Max Planck Institutes, to
publicise their research through the
Lily Poberezhska Is a London-based graduate of Kiev
State University with 10 years of BBC journalism and presenting experience and
a diploma from the London School of Public Relations. Since leaving the BBC she
developed and delivered workshops on media and podcasting for academics,
charities and medical professionals in the UK and countries across
Previous Course Feedback
“Really useful and enjoyable . Good mix of delivery
style. Great deliverer knowledge- 8 hours flew by!” Francesca Slattery,
Outreach Officer for Oriel and St Hilda's Colleges
At Birmingham,Medical and Dental
Sciences PhD candidate Ana Verissimo, who subsequently won the university’s
prize for best podcast, wrote
“Both trainers made everyone feel comfortable, and
the amazing preparation on everyone’s subject was remarkable and unexpected”
here’s more feedback, from our Zoom workshops:
“The practical advice was just excellent: technical
detail was to the point and always useful, the content of the seminar was
structured extremely well. The links provided are for relevant and
comprehensive materials. The slides are first class”. Cath Kennedy, PhD
Biblical Studies, Sheffield
“Trainers Tim and Lily were incredibly well
informed, and I felt that the workshop was really tailored to my needs. They
had clearly read everyone’s questionnaire before the class that helped the
participants feel at ease. The feedback I received was really helpful so too
was the decision to spread the workshop out into two days – I couldn’t have
managed a full day on zoom!” Caitlin Rankin-McCabe, PhD English, Durham
“This was probably the best LAHP training I have
taken part in. The conveners have clearly thought carefully about how to
structure and deliver the course. They come across as very knowledgeable. Most
importantly though, they seem to be genuinely interested in the research of
participants and want to help them reach a wider audience. Fantastic.” Peter
Paine, Theology PhD Kings
“Lily and Tim are brilliant at bringing the focus
onto the storytelling and structure, to make sure the content is strong, and
appropriate for the format, as well as giving clear and relevant advice on how
to present yourself, and communicate well.” Olivia McCannon PhD English and