Podcasting

A podcast is any digital medium that consists of audio, video, text, PDF, or ePub files that people can subscribe to for playback on portable media players and personal computers. There are various tools used to podcast.

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Podcasting can be extremely beneficial for the field of education. Listening to podcasts is another way of learning. Professors and teachers can use podcasting for additional information or reviews of previously covered information. Podcasts are a very powerful learning tool for students who are auditory learners and can learn best by listening. There are various free tools that can help teachers create and distribute podcasts. Some of which include:

Audacity: This is a free software that is used for recording and editing sound by using keyboard shortcuts. It is available for certain operating systems like Windows, Mac, GNU/LINUX and a few others.

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MP3myMP3 Sound Recorder: This is an audio recording software that is created by Digital Liquid. It is a great tool for recording something quickly and efficiently. You are able to record a sample sound from streaming audio or video on the Internet, record Skype calls for business, or create MP3s from Vinyl. For teaching purposes, professors can record tutorials and later listen to them through a computer.

 

Podbean: This tool is easy and powerful. It allows users to create professional podcasts in just a few minutes without having any prior knowledge on programming. Anyone is able to upload and publish their work. Work can be shared with students, colleagues, friends, family and anyone else worth sharing.

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PodOmatic: This is the largest independent podcaster in the world. You are able to search any area that you are interested in to find work. This tool also allows users to easily make minicasts, which is a combination of audio and images.

 

VozMe: This is an effective tool that converts a text into an audio file. By doing this you have to follow two steps. This process is copy and paste the text you want in the box provided on the website and click “create mp3.” This generates a podcast for you to download that is completely instant.

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Odiogo: This tool is similar to VozMe but has a few more benefits to it. This specific tool lets you turn blog posts into high quality and ad-supporting broadcasts, which can be an advantage for bloggers.

 

There are very many other tools that are also great for podcasts. Ways in which you can integrate podcasts in the classroom are:

 

1. Students can interview professions of their potential career path and use audio for their questionnaire part.

2. Students can research about different countries by asking recent travelers about their experiences. This could lead into a digital travel album that could almost be like a small itinerary.

3. Teachers or professors can record their lectures or tutorials that students can listen to later on their own time or at home.

4. Students can write and record stories and add background music or sound effects.

5. Students can create advertising campaigns.

6. Students can use audio recording to interview different people for a school newspaper or magazine and later refer to it for quotes or other sources of information.

These are just some of the many ways that podcasting can be beneficial to learning. It is a field that continues to show growth among academia and other forms of teaching and learning.

Valentí Sanjuan

This past Wednesday, March 25th, I had the pleasure of meeting Valentí Sanjuan. He came to my class to talk about his past careers and how he has made a living through digital journalism. Valentí started his career doing mainstream journalism at a radio station, Vist i no vist” working in the newsroom. He had a creative mind and wanted to do new adventures with his job like creating a website and blog. However, the radio had other ideas in mind. After not renewing his contract, he had to figure out a way of making money and getting back onto his two feet.

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With the help from a lot of his friends, Valentí started a show, which was done by streaming. At the time this was not a popular way of using technology. This time around, he incorporated images into the show and not just audio like he had previously been doing at his job at the station. They were sponsored by beer brands and would give away a free beer to anyone who came out to see the show. The atmosphere consisted of some people walking around, drinking beer, and talking about the Internet while Valentí and a few others were stationed up talking on the radio.

Valentí mentioned, “You start to succeed when you do something different.” The first thing he did was a normal show via the Internet instead of the radio. Then he progressed to a radio show mixed with a television show. This incorporated acting, movement, talking to cameras and being more interactive with the audience. The first show that they did, 100 people were there watching it live. Three months later, it didn’t work out so well, they had no grants and the audience was starting to die out.

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Valentí knew that he had to make a huge turn around and think of another idea. He decided to perform a show in a theatre. This show was called “Visto lo Visto” and was almost like a stand up comedy. It included popular YouTubers, music and musicians, comedians, interviews and more. It was the opposite extreme from his original idea, and included just one camera, which he filmed with his own hand. Seven hundred people once a month come out in the audience to support him and his new form of success.

The idea of this show was to incorporate YouTubers that were young but had a huge following to generate more viewers for their show. Eventually once the numbers started to pick up, Visto lo Visto wanted to change the model to make their target audience adults. This idea was a bit of a disaster at first, but like anything else, with time things can start to change.

Aside from Visto lo Visto, Valentí has a personal YouTube account and achieves a big fan following. He claims that, “You don’t have to work for a big corporation to reach millions of people.” He says that creating content and keeping the adventure alive is more important than making a lot of money. He uses his YouTube account to post his Ironman successes and other activities that he takes part in on a weekly and daily basis. Most of his stories are dedicated to hard moments he faced in life as well as things that he just enjoys.

Last winter, Valentí ran to Santiago from Barcelona for a total of 10 days. The run was to commemorate his mother who had passed away. All of his passion and driving force is something that can be admired and respected by thousands of fans from all around the world that watch his videos. What he is taking part of is great for living, team building, coaching and so many more aspects of life.

WP-Camino-sign After hearing Valentí talk in class, we all asked ourselves, what is journalism? This one word can be defined in so many different ways. Journalism to one may mean a completely different thing to someone else. Journalism to Valentí means storytelling. He uses his life journey as a way of expressing meaning to viewers.

Conclusively, he is an influencer. Companies and businesses pay him to promote their brands. One specifically was a Turkish airline company that paid to fly him to New York City to use his creativity to show the entire city in a video and post it on his YouTube account where it would reach thousands of people. This would help market for the Turkish company.

Although Influencer marketing is sometimes noted as being a newer technique, taking advantage of the way social media has created individuals with online reach and influence it is an old marketing technique. Influencer marketing is about connecting a brand or product with individuals who have the influence to reach and engage the customers that would be the same target as your brand or product. When successful, it can be extremely beneficial for your campaign.

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According to Reelseo, A Video Marketer’s Guide, “From its origins as a simple video sharing platform, Youtube has since changed the face of video consumption—Youtube viewers are seeking out engaging, compelling, entertaining video content that offers value in and of itself.” Some of the most successful YouTube videos are ones that have been creators. Brands are able to use this to fuel their business by directly working with YouTubers who already understand their network and fan base and bring focus onto the brands they are trying to represent. Until now, the only way that brands could connect with influencers online was through reaching out directly or using a multi channel network. However, now with the launch of FameBit, brands are able to collaborate with YouTubers to help them reach a particular target audience. Using this virtual marketplace, brands can request and receive influencer proposals and work directly with relevant channels without a need for a middleman.

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It is interesting to note that there are hundreds of well-liked YouTubers out there in addition to Valentí. They are all making a difference, which benefits the lives of their fans and brands by doing something they are passionate about.

Pros and Cons about Citizen Journalists

A citizen journalist is any person who takes an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information. A citizen journalist is not a professional journalist. Anyone in the public is free to be a citizen journalist as long as they have taken the necessary actions to view and share news stories with the world.

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There are various pros to citizen journalism and how beneficial it is to our society. One major benefit of citizen journalists are that they are resourced everywhere. If a professional is not present during a huge news story, anyone who is there is able to cover the story. With the click of an iPhone button, they are able to capture a picture or video of the scene and explain what is going on. Seeing as professionals cannot be in multiple places at once, citizen journalists help inform the public on serious matters.

Another benefit is that is provides the community with a different perspective. It is a perspective of someone in society who can relate to the topic because they are living every day just like the person who captured this important moment. Citizen journalism helps get local citizens more engaged in issues affecting their lives. I never thought about it until taking this class, but I know that if I ever witnessed a news story going on I could easily get involved by taking pictures and uploading them for the world to see.

A huge pro of citizen journalism is that it creates activism. Activism is an effort to promote, impede or direct social, political, economic, or environmental change. I helped create a social media campaign for a non-profit company in Coral Gables Florida called WEN (Women’s Emergency Network). That company was an activism group who were citizen journalists. They would capture stories and pictures of women who needed the right health and financial assistance to have an abortion. Even though this is a very controversial issue, without citizen journalists, activism would not be as easy to advocate for.

Lastly, citizen journalism is such a benefit to our society because it adds coverage on certain events that the mainstream media might otherwise miss if local citizens were not getting involved. Our world is so big; millions of stories take place each day. Without help from ordinary people, professional journalists would not be able to hear and cover all of the happenings that go on each hour. Without ordinary citizens and local people, certain topics might not be spoken or learned about.

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Even though citizen journalism has many pros, there are also cons that follow it. Firstly, information that is posted online from ordinary citizens is not always correct information. It is hard to trust everything you read on the Internet, and unreliable information can sometimes spread. Citizen journalists have no formal training in reporting. Several risks follow besides factual inaccuracies and lack of impartiality.

Another major scare to citizen reporters is that they do not have any training in ethics. In news, there are many sensitive topics that need to be shared with the public. Because citizens don’t have the necessary education on how to handle certain situations that may arise, they are not informing the public in the same way that a professional would. It is very important to prepare ahead of time before entering an emotional situation that could put someone else at risk or danger.

Lastly, citizen journalism can reveal information that is not technically considered “news” by newspapers, magazines and online journals. There is a big discrepancy by how news is defined because everyone has his or her own idea of what is considered to be important. However, professionals are trained and educated on certain topics because of what they specialize in.

New social networks for journalists

Social networks can be useful to journalists to promote, explain and persuade the public.  There are various forms of new and old media that are continuously enhancing the way journalists gather and write information.  An older form of microblogging that journalists use is Twitter.  Twitter was founded in 2006, and is a great way for journalists to scale messages and measure where the information comes from and where it goes.

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Twitter is also beneficial because it offers tweet lists, which show a list of people in a certain geographic area.  This makes the content trustworthy.   Another great feature of twitter is that tweets can be geo tagged.  This shows the location of where the tweet came from.

Another interesting tool that is advantageous to journalists is Talkwheel.  Talkwheel is a tool that keeps conversation flowing with minimal time commitment.  It allows its readers to interact across social media, websites and video sharing sites.  It is a circular form of social media that mimics a dinner table by making it easy to participate and share comments unlike other forms of social media like Facebook where chronological order plays a factor.  Journalists find Talkwheel to be useful because it is easy to navigate and focus on the text  as opposed to the physical set up.  The conversation wheel app has a left panel with topics, which are extremely beneficial for a busy journalist who wants to visualize what people are responding to.  If someone does not have the time to answer a question that another person has posted, a third person is able to jump into the conversation and answer which can be great for a journalist who does not always have the time to wait for an answer while working on multiple stories and having to make deadlines.

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Another fascinating tool is SocialBro.  This is a great time saver and is a twitter analytic tool.  It is extremely simple which is probably a reason for its early success and likeability.  The main dashboard shows recent unfollowers, new followers and offers information that helps see why certain people do not follow you and vise versa.  It also allows us to see who is not really active on Twitter from the list of people that one follows.  SocialBro also offers a feature that gives you advice on the best time to tweet.  Knowing when most of your followers are online, journalists are able to track when they will get more retweets and replies.

A third compelling tool is called Storyful.  This is an IPhone app that allows one to get the most popular social media stories of the day when on the go.  Storyful editors assemble the largest news from credible sources for journalists to browse for story ideas or even to stay up to date with current events that are taking place.  The app also allows people to see what certain media users may be saying about trending topics.

Social media is transforming journalism.  One major reason is because ordinary people can get involved.  The Boston bombings is an example.  Bystanders and ordinary people such as marathon runners and spectators quickly became citizen journalists while taking videos and photos of the traumatic events.  Some of the most read headlines featured their shots because they were the first to witness what was occurring and were able to turn in their work sooner than professional journalists.  Thousands of people take photos and videos every day that can develop into a sourceable archive for the masses. 

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