The form of audio storytelling known as podcasting boomed last year with the popularity of Serial, bringing new attention and energy to the process of engaging listeners through audio conversations and perhaps ushering in a new Golden Age of radio. But it’s not all because of Serial — the growth of podcasting has been building steadily over time. In early 2015 the Pew Research Center found the percentage of Americans listening to podcasts had doubled since 2008, with nearly one in five listening to a podcast in the past month.
How do you develop a podcast and do it well? And how do you engage audience members and get them to actually listen? We’ll tackle those questions in an #EdShift chat at 1 p.m. Eastern time/Noon Central/10 a.m. Pacific, on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
The chat, which you can find by searching for the #EdShift Twitter hashtag, will be moderated by Stacy Forster of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Guests will include MediaShift’s own Mark Glaser, host of The Mediatwits podcast; Jule Gardner Banville, of the University of Montana and Last Best Stories; Michael O’Connell, of Federal News Radio and the It’s All Journalism podcast; Meagan Francis of The Home Hour podcast and other programs; Paul Riismandel of MidRoll and the Radio Survivor podcast; Zahra Noorbakhsh of the Good Muslim Bad Muslim podcast; Stacy Bond of KQED; and more.
To learn more about how to start a podcast, join Meagan Francis for a #DigitalEd session on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. Eastern time.
In case you missed it, here is a Storify compilation of the chat.