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Podcast #2 Assignment

This assignment is worth 100 points.
It is due Thursday, March 15, at 11:59 p.m.
It must be embedded to your blog as a post.
Any questions, just ask.

#2 Music In/out __________ (10 pts)
Two voices ______________ (30 pts)
Sound effects ____________ (10 pts)
Content relevant to topic (grammar, pronunciation, etc.) __________ (20 pts)
Editing, dead spots, overlaps __________ (20 pts)
Length (2:00-3:00) _________________(10 pts)


Posting your Podcast

Just found out that the FREE version of WordPress that you are using will NOT accept the itunes MP4/MP3. Therefore, we are going to try Plan B.
So, here we go:
– Create an account (
– It’s FREE!
– Not hard to create, just takes time, username, password.
– Upon completion of editing, save your GarageBand Podcast #1 as an MP3.
– To save as MP3, go to Share>Save to Disk> mark MP3, save where you can find it.
– Drag and Drop your GarageBand Podcast #1 to your account.
– You must put the info in as required and you can upload a photo to go with it.
– Once in your Playlist, click on the “View” icon on the right, under Actions.
– In the “View” profile, click on the “Embed” icon </> at the right.
– Copy the “Embed” code from the site.
– Paste it into a new post as text.
Podcast Example

Here is a story from my favorite podcast, Gravy.
It is about Fred’s Lounge.
Listen to the different voices, background sounds, etc.
You can do this now!



Where to find FREE MUSIC downloads

There are plenty of websites out there that offer free music downloads and I’ve weeded through them so you can find only the best and brightest in this list of the best 11 places to get free music downloads legally.

At these websites, you’ll be able to get free music downloads in high-quality MP3 format so they’ll play on your computer and phone. Since you can download and save them, they’ll forever be yours.

All the free music downloads here are legal so they are either public domain or in most cases the artists have given permission for you to download and enjoy their hard work. That means you can feel great about listening to the music and discovering some hidden gems you might have otherwise passed up.

After you’re done getting some free music downloads, you might also like to find out the best places to listen to free music online, where to watch free music videos, and the best free music apps.



The Jamendo Music logo

All the free music downloads at Jamendo are made available through Creative Commons licensing meaning that the artists themselves have decided they want to give out their music for free for the masses to enjoy.

You can discover new music at Jamendo by viewing the most popular, most downloads, most played, the latest releases of the free music downloads, and editor-curated lists. You can also search for artists that you know to see if their music is available for download.

Another way to find great music here is by listing to one of the Jamendo radio channels. When you find a song or artist you like, you can then download that single track or the entire album.

If you’d rather stream the music at Jamendo instead of download it, they give you that option too.

Jamendo has free apps (here) available for the Android, iOS, and Windows. More



Picture of the NoiseTrade logo

You can download thousands of free music albums from NoiseTrade, and they’re all completely legal to take. The artists want you to check out their creations and if you like it and are inclined to do so, you can tip them or help promote them to your friends.

You’ll need to enter your email address and zip code for each album you want to download and then you’ll get to download the album as a ZIP file which contains the MP3 files.

You can easily find new albums you want to download by viewing the top downloads and new and notable sections on the homepage.

NoiseTrade also offers free ebook and audiobook downloads for authors who would like to share and earn your tip. More


Free Music Archive

Picture of the Free Music Archive logo
Free Music Archive

You can also download free music at Free Music Archive, which is directed by the freeform radio station WFMU. The music here is free for you to legally download (even without a user account) and is a mix of public domain and Creative Commons licenses.

The easiest way to find music you’d like to download at Free Music Archive is to browse through the genres of music or watch their blog for collections, artists, or songs they’ll highlight. They also have top charts for all time, this week, and this month.

If you create a free account at Free Music Archive you’ll be able to make your own collections and interact with other listeners. More



Picture of the PureVolume logo

PureVolume is another music discovery website that gives the artists on the site the option of offering free music downloads of their songs.

View the free music downloads at PureVolume by top songs, top downloads, featured songs, artists, and most popular or newest albums.

You can download free songs from PureVolume in the MP3 format right away without having to create an account. More



There are thousands and thousands of free music downloads at, making it one of my favorite websites to visit when I’m looking for new music to download legally.

Download Free Music From Amazon

You can see the all the free music downloads by clicking on a genre or sorting by popularity, release date, length of the song, reviews, or in alphabetical order by title, artist, or album.

You can play the songs before downloading them, but when you’re ready to save the songs to your computer, click on the Free button to add it to your cart. Then, you can checkout as if you were purchasing something by clicking Place your order. You’ll then be taken to a link to download the free music.


Internet Archive’s Audio Library

Internet Archive’s Audio Library has millions of results for free downloads of music, audio, podcasts, radio programs, and most notably their Live Music Archive.

You can sort the free music downloads by most viewed items, title, date published, or creator.

You’ll find all kinds of artists with free music downloads here including Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Grateful Dead, 311, and Smashing Pumpkins.

There are usually multiple file formats that you can download the free music in, like MP3 and OGG. More



Picture of the SoundClick logo

SoundClick is the ultimate portal into finding free music downloads directly from the artists websites. These artists have decided they’d like to let people download their music for free. This includes signed and unsigned musicians.

With SoundClick, you can browse through the music charts and genres until you find a free music download you’d like to have and then either listen to or download that song.

You can also create custom radio stations, get to know other listeners on the forums, or read more about your favorite SoundClick artists.

While you can, of course, download free music from SoundClick, some artists make their music available only after you’ve paid for the download, and others allow streaming only.  More


Picture of the logo has several pages of free music downloads that fall into all genres. You can browse these free downloads by category, new releases, coming soon, or simply looking through the whole list.

Just one click will download your chosen song.

Besides free music downloads, you can also stream thousands of songs and get recommendations of bands you’ll love. More



Picture of the SoundCloud logo
SoundCloud Ltd.

SoundCloud is a website that lets you stream and download free music. Content at SoundCloud is sometimes uploaded by professional artists, while others are shared by independent musicians.

Not all music on SoundCloud can be downloaded, and some require you to Like a Facebook page to get the file. However, music that can be downloaded instantly and without an account have a Download button next to them. More



ARTISTdirect is a digital media entertainment company that offers music streaming and free downloads.

Not all the music at the ARTISTdirect website is free, but the above link shows lists several pages in length where you can download free music. Some of the music genres you can find at ARTISTdirect is indie rock, Latin, pop, country, and blues. More



Picture of the CCTrax logo

CCTrax has free Creative Common music available for downloading with categories like ambient, techno, electronica, and jazz.

Streaming and downloading music from CCTrax is done without an account or login of any sort. You can even download a whole album at once.

All songs can be downloaded as MP3 but some have an additional option where you can get the song in the FLAC file format. More

Podcasts for beginners

By Kyle Phillips

The “War of the Worlds” hoax, Edward R. Murrow covering the bombing of London from rooftops during WWII and FDR’s fireside chats.
All of those were examples of famous (or infamous) radio broadcasts throughout the history of the medium. While it is easy to get caught up in the fact that video is becoming easier and easier for everyone to work with in this day and age it’s important not to forget the reasons why radio broadcasting or audio podcasting is still a great way to get information to listeners.
Many listeners are looking for ways to get information while doing simple activities (working out, folding laundry, raking leaves, etc.) Podcasts are a great way to continue building your credibility and increasing your publication’s brand’s reach to members of your school community while they are engaging in those activities.
It’s incredibly simple and cheap to begin an audio podcast. You can do it from any computer with relatively cheap equipment. The equipment, tips, and examples below are all based on a very simple formula for a podcast show. This should be a chance to have fun with multimedia journalism and get more stories out to your readers/listeners/viewers in a different way.
Recording and posting tools

  • USB mics that plug directly into any computer are as cheap as $30 on Amazon.

  • Audacity is a free, downloadable program that will allow you to edit your piece.

  • Garageband will also allow you to record and edit your podcast and comes pre-installed on all Mac computers.

Tips before you begin

  • Plan out the show!

    • Don’t try to wing it.

    • Things don’t need to be scripted word for word, but know what content the host is going to cover in each segment and the host should have questions prepared.

  • Let others in on the planning if they’ll be on the show.

    • The host should provide the co-hosts with the topics prior to recording so that everyone can be better prepared to make meaningful contributions to the conversation.

  • Don’t be afraid to bring in notes.

    • Do research in advance of the show.

    • This will make the show sound more professional and listeners will know that things were prepared before recording.

The structure of a journalistic podcast

  • Intro

    • Have everyone on the show say hi and introduce themselves so listeners know who they’re listening to. Tease each segment and what it’s going to be about.

  • A block (First topic)

  • Transition and/or corporate sponsorship (Cha-ching $$$)

  • B block (Second topic)

  • Transition and/or corporate sponsorship (Cha-ching $$$)

  • C block (Third topic- in many shows this segment is the same idea every  show (e.g. “What’s making us happy” on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour.)

  • Outro/credits

Intro music

  • Commission one of the school’s music directors to compose and record a song to act as the intro and outro for the podcast. (This adds an even deeper level of connection to the school that you’re trying to cover.)



  • Use Garageband to create an original synthetic track to act as theme music.

Other things to do

  • Invite guests to add a deeper and more credible level of conversation.

    • Coaches

    • Principals

    • Teachers

    • Student leaders

    • Community leaders

    • Famous alumni

  • Get permission for copyrighted music/clips. (With podcasts it could be possible that they’re fair use, but check this SPLC post to verify.)

  • Plan out who you need to mention in the credits, and actually read off the credits at the end of the show.

    • Even though the podcast will be posted to your site and the information may be typed there you want to make sure that you provide proper credits in the audio version as well.


Professional examples that follow this format:

These are not rules that are set in stone. However, this is a good, formulaic format to follow for beginners. After a few shows have been completed it’s easier to branch out and experiment with different formats. Just like with writing it’s all about looking for examples of good podcasting in both the professional world as well as at podcasts that are being done by other student journalists.

The Do’s and Dont’s of Podcasting

By Gerpreet Mann
I’m part of a few podcasting communities as I told you in my previous post My Journey into Podcasting.
Recently, I took to those communities (Podcasting Technology Resources and Podcasters) asked everyone, veteran or new, what are the dos and don’ts of podcasting.

“Don’t feel that you have to use expensive tools it software. Audacity does wonders.” —Matthew “Lord Drachenblut” Williams
“Don’t apologize for not doing the show “on time”. Do it on time or shut up about it. I know shows that seem to start with an apology more often than not!
Don’t apologize for sounding like you have a cold. If you have a cold, your audience will figure that out.
Don’t expect time to magically appear in your schedule to do the podcast. You have to commit to it like anything else and decide what you’re going to stop doing in order to make the time (I suggest less TV, but that’s just me).” — Allison Sheridan of the The NosillaCast

“Work on a copy not your original file. (A+ advice).
I recommend a USB microphone. This helps remove noise from the electronics in the computer.” — Matthew “Lord Drachenblut” Williams
“I think from a disability aspect a transcript to accompany the podcast would be great asset for the hearing-impaired and giving you a wider audience from the outset.” — Joanna Dowty (Virtuadmin)
“Get the best [equipment] you can afford. If you’re on a relatively small budget, something like an ATR2100 dynamic microphone is a good start. It sounds decent and has both a USB connection or XLR if you want to use an external preamp or audio interface.
One thing a lot of podcasters don’t pay enough attention to, is mastering and optimizing their shows for current loudness compliance standards. Many podcasts can be either too quiet, too loud, or have clipped audio. I recommend learning as much as you can in this area.
Adobe Audition has great built-in tools to optimize your podcast for current loudness standards. Auphonic is another third party app that does a great job of optimizing your audio.
There are many good options [for hosting]. I’m biased in that I recommend FeedPress as I work there. There’s also Libsyn, SoundCloud, Blubrry, and others that offer good podcast hosting and analytics.” — Alex Knight of the Hologram Radio podcast network.
“Make sure your subject is something about which you have passion [and] spend more time/energy/thought on content.
If you want feedback, do create a community for that feedback — have a live show with a chatroom, create (and participate in & promote) a Google+ or Facebook community…[and] answer your emails!” —Allison Sheridan
“…Sometimes an open question to your recipients can end much more powerful than giving all the answers.
Care about your listener’s feedback.
Develop your own style.
Think connected: [Actively look] for people in a similar [field].
Know your limits — in doing, telling, saying, designing, texting, composing.” — Andreas Auwärter
“Don’t ever settle push the limits of what you think is possible. Book your biggest interview and crush it.” — Thomas Anderson
“When asking questions of a guest, be curious. Your outline or script should only be a starting point and should not serve to prevent you from asking about an interesting concept or idea that comes up.” —Critically Drinking
“Give some thought to your studio/work space! What do you need to have in front of you (besides the microphone) as you record your show? Will you have co-hosts, guests, laptops, musical instruments? Will you do most of your recording in the field, reporter style? I just rearranged my “studio” so that I have a dry erase board with my outline directly in front of me while I record. That has been indispensable.
Be sure to record a minute or two of ambient room noise. There are going to be times when you’ll need to do some edits, and it’s good to have that “silence” to splice in.” — Jason Klarl of the The Travelogue podcast
“Listen to lots of other podcasts, amateur and pro, near and far from your niche. Get a sense of what is out there and how it works, or fails.
Keep the technology as simple as possible, but no simpler. Don’t let someone talk you into buying a pile of complicated gear. Bands break up every 5 minutes, so there is lots of cheap audio gear out there you can get.” — Paul Carr
And my favourite from Greg Elwell …
“Have a purpose.”

Podcast Assignment #1

This assignment is worth 100 points.
It is due Thursday, Feb. 22, at 11:59 p.m.
It must be embedded to your blog as a post.
Any questions, just ask.

Music In/out __________ (20 pts)
One voice ______________ (10 pts)
Script _________________ (20 pts)
Content relevant to topic (grammar, pronunciation, etc.) __________ (20 pts)
Editing, dead spots, overlaps __________ (20 pts)
Length (2:00-3:00) _________________(10 pts)

GarageBand Tutorial just in case.