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Podcasting Resources

If you haven’t heard, we’re hosting a podcast contest! So in thinking about the contest, you may be wondering: “How do I even make a podcast?” Well, good news! We’ve got some resources available to aid you in your quest.

The best way to get familiar with podcasts is to listen to them. One rather tumblr-popular podcast is Welcome to Nightvale, which is a fictitious story about the mysterious desert town of Nightvale, presented in the form of a community radio show. Check it out!

Another exemplary podcast, this time nonfiction, is This American Life. It’s kind of a journalism podcast, but based around intriguing true stories! Plus, they’ve been going since 1995. That means a lot of content, a lot of variety. Something for everyone! Give it a try.

As for how to actually make your podcast, a good start would be to find an audio recording program. A great free program for this is Audacity. It’s easy to learn, and if you’re a UMF student, the Digital Humanities Lab (Room 223 in Merrill) has hours where students trained in Audacity would be able to instruct you or answer any questions you have about it. They also have microphones available for use! Their hours are:

Monday 4:00 – 6:00pm
Tuesday 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Friday 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Sunday 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Other helpful resources to use in your podcast:

Royalty Free Music

Free Sounds

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