HEAR AT DUKE ORIGINAL PODCASTS

So you want to start your own Hear at Duke original podcast...

Hear at Duke was built to encourage creativity through audio. It’s not enough to produce our own podcast; we want to help others do it too! If you’ve entertained a thought something like: “wow, that would make a really good podcast!” or if, like the rest of us, your newest celebrity crush is Michael Barbaro, you should reach out to us to see how we can make your idea transform into a production.


WHAT We OFFEr

Here's how we can help at each step of the process


Getting started

  • Experienced feedback on your idea
  • Accountability
  • First steps

PRODUCing

  • Tips on how to interview
  • Tips on how to use recorders, where to record
  • Equipment checkout: We have a supply of recorders that we lend exclusively to Hear at Duke original podcasts.
  • In-person feedback with structuring, writing, formatting your podcast

Editing

  • Step-by-step guide to using Adobe Audition (provided by Duke Software Licencing and available on most campus computers)
  • Links to great tutorials and soundtrack libraries
  • In-person help with editing on Audition

Publishing and Marketing

  • Publish your podcast on the Hear at Duke website
  • Promote your work on our Instagram and Facebook accounts
  • Help publish your podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud
  • Develop a cover design for your podcast to pair your audio with complementary visuals
 

THE PROCESS

If all that sounds good to you, this is how the process to start
your own Hear at Duke Original Podcast usually goes


01.

PITCH YOUR IDEA

Submit your idea with this form: 


02.

We’ll set up a meeting

We always invite new podcasters to our General Body Meetings, held on Mondays at 7:30 pm. It can be very useful and inspiring for beginners to pitch their ideas to a large group and participate in a back-and-forth discussion with many different perspectives. Plus, we have always have fun exploring new podcast possibilities!

However, if you can’t make it on Mondays, a Hear at Duke member or two will find another time to meet with you.

In this first meeting, we will:

  • Take a closer look at your podcast idea, narrowing in on the purpose of the project or the questions you will be trying to answer.
  • Discuss details like possible interviewees, topics, episode format, frequency of release, title.
  • Provide the Hear at Duke Guide to Podcasting
  • Answer your questions

03.

You will start your podcast!

“Starting” means interviewing your first guest or recording your first segment. Our best piece of advice for podcast production is to go for it, now rather than later. Working with us means that you’ll be getting your hands dirty as soon as you have a recorder!


04.

We'll keep you accountable

Coming by a great idea is hard, but bringing it to fruition can be much harder. A large part of promoting audio production is offering encouragement to keep moving forward. Hear at Duke hopes to help with this by:

  1.  establishing the follow-up schedule that you need
  2. assigning a member of the Hear at Duke team to be your primary contact
  3. sending you a newsletter that will provide motivation, inspiration and reminders!