Aug. 12, 2020  

SPJ Florida Teaches Journalists How to Make a Podcast 

As so many journalists are working from home, SPJ Florida board members wanted to help their peers who may be in need of a creative outlet with some podcasting 101. 

SPJ Florida hosted the free webinar: So You’re a Journalist and You Want to Start a Podcast! on Saturday, August 8. The Zoom presentation also streamed live on Facebook.

SPJ board members Suzette Speaks, a newbie podcast host and Lindsey Kilbride, a veteran podcast producer shared everything they know about starting a podcast. Topics covered included picking the right subject matter, getting the best sound and building an audio kit on a budget. 

Kilbride, special projects producer at WJCT Public Media, has produced a handful of podcasts including the serial narrative Odd Ball and music history series VOIDCAST. She focused much of her advice on how journalists take turn their current work into audio stories. 

“I love podcasts that really let listeners hear what the reporting process is like. They’re along for the journey, hearing the story unfold with the reporter,” Kilbride said. “I think those types of projects help journalists get their important work out to more people and it’s a way of being transparent.” 

Speaks, a multimedia journalist, starting recording a soon-to-be released conversation podcast alongside her co-host, colleague and Miami-based radio host, Stichiz, in June.

“The beauty of this medium is that it is easily accessible with low barriers of entry for newcomers,” added Speaks. “My hope is that our discussion gave journalists a good overview of how they, too, can create wonderful storytelling that connects with new audiences.”


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