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Digital Literacy Projects: Creating a Podcast

Information about a few types of digital literacy projects.

Making a Podcast

Things you will learn:

  • Operate digital audio recorders to conduct interviews and gather sounds for use in a podcast publication.
  • Use Adobe Audition to record narration and voiceover tracks.
  • Mix audio recordings, fade and crossfade, adjust volume and panning across tracks.
  • Use key frames to adjust volume and panning with precision in audio tracks.
  • Edit audio recordings to cut unwanted sound.
  • Export an Adobe project file into a finished audio podcast ready for publication.

Free Music and Copyright Info:

Links to music and other resources

The Creative Commons Podcast Legal Guide

Materials and Software Needed:

An external microphone is recommended, even something as simple as earbuds with a built-in mike that often comes with phones. USB microphones are also great, and when the MDC can circulate equipment again we have a variety of items to offer. Feel free to send equipment questions to 

Adobe Audition. Available in the MDC Media Lab. Free download available for UNC students:

Step-by-step guide to planning a podcast:

PODCAST ADVICE - use quality equipment, choose a focus, have guests, edit your podcast, have a short intro, decide on time length

Distributing Your Podcast

An RSS feed (Rich Site Summary) is a great way to share your podcast with the world.

One easy way to get started with a podcast RSS feed is with SoundCloud. Once you have an account and have uploaded your first episode, the account's RSS feed URL is accessible through the Settings page on the Content tab.

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Another service you can use to host your podcast is PodBean. Similar to SoundCloud, once you have an account and have uploaded an episode, you can access your RSS feed URL in the Settings page under the Feed/iTunes option.

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Get Inspired

Types of Podcasts: