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June 22, 2011

Podcasting productivity peak? Perhaps

Podcasting trainingEwan training

Just next to where I'm sitting today, we've got podcasting training going on for the Estates Gazette, New Scientist and ICIS Heren teams, in our central London offices. It's all in the capable hands of Ewan Spence (who has made the odd appearance on this blog before), and going rather swimmingly, from the sounds coming from the room.

Podcasting is one of those things that feels like it has sneaked its way onto the plateau of productivity on the Garner Hype Cycle, and thus everyone has stopped talking about it as something special and exciting. It's a core part of my working day, as I listen to podcasts on my commute to and from work, using the time to catch up on the latest news and thinking in the areas that affect my work.

There was an interesting article published on GigaOm yesterday looking at the development of TWiT, one of the most successful podcast networks out there. Much to learn there, I think. Interesting video, too…

April 5, 2011

When did the BBC start doing such a good job of its podcast pages?

A sample BBC podcast page

Clean layout, easy subscribe links for any service you could think of, and a nice integrated player. This is the way to do it.

August 28, 2009

Good Listening: This Week in Google

This Week in Google Logo
I've just been reminded by a discussion on our company Yammer that I meant to recommend a new podcast called This Week in Google. It's the latest offering from the TWiT stable, is hosted by Leo LaPorte, and features journalism blogger Jeff Jarvis and smater-working blogger Gina Trapani

Why do I recommend it? Well, it's really good at putting the changes coming to journalism in the context of what's happening in the rest of the web. All four published episodes are worth listening to, but I recommend episode 3, with Anil Dash of Six Apart, in particular. 

Excellent brain food. 

August 12, 2009

#be2camp : Construction Talk Podcasts

Victor Tsemo from the West Midlands Centre for Constructing Excellence podcasts is up next, talking about, well, podcasts. (They're available on iTunes)

Not a huge amount here that's specific to the built environment. It's more of a set of general podcasting tips:

  • plan
  • keep it short (15 to 25 mins)
  • Have a major name interview subject
  • Not too frequent (once or twice a month)
  • The chair is very important, because she must manage the guests
Some discussion on Twitter about Victor's suggestion that podcasting is expensive. Many people's experience is absolutely counter to that - you can produce good results cheaply and simply. But here's his recipe for doing it:

Construction Talk Podcast: How We Do (overview) from victor on Vimeo.

March 13, 2009

Podcasting in Progress

EG Podcasters at Work

March 6, 2009

Estates Gazette: Podcasting and Blogging

My feet don't seem to have touched the ground since I started back at EG on Wednesday. Things are moving pretty quickly.

First of all, we have a blog for MIPIM 2009 up and going, albeit in basic form. MIPIM is the huge property trade show that happens in Cannes in France annually. Popular property industry rumour suggests that it brings more money to the town than the film festival does. It'll prove a fertile ground for the EG folks to experiment with, I'm sure, but for now it's given over to two members of the industry who are riding to Cannes.

Also just launched is the first episode of the Estates Gazette podcast, produced by EGi's multimedia reporter, Helen Roxburgh, with a little help from Mr Big Biofuel Blog. It's not in iTunes yet (give us a week or so), but you can snag it from the Estates Gazette podcast site.

Oh, and one of my colleagues bought me a belated blog birthday cake:

Blog Birthday CakeWin.

February 13, 2009

Stephen Fry on the Web, Culture & Publishing

On my commute into the office this morning I listened to the Meet the Author: Stephen Fry podcast from Apple. I highly recommend it. Fry is as entertaining a raconteur as ever, and his meandering history of computers and the internet is well worth listening to.

However, the meaty stuff kicks off at around 43 minutes in, as he starts talking about the reaction of journalists to Twitter and moves onto the relationship between the web and our culture. Mach to agree with, and much to provoke thought.

You can grab it from iTunes.

December 11, 2008

Le Web 08: Podcasting Live

Wine Library TV Live
Scoble & Arrington
One of the small moments of genius at Le Web 08 was the way the conference closed. It's so easy for conferences to end on a down note, with a bit of a damp squib as the audience drift away into the night. No so this year's affair, which actually managed to go out with a bang.

Finishing the conference with the live recording of two podcasts - Wine Library TV and the Gillmor Gang - gave a huge lift to the final hours. Gary Vaynerchuk is a hugely charismatic and passionate guy, and his talk preaching strong personality, love for your topic, openness to others and media channel ubiquity was both compelling and inspiring. And it was only improved by seeing him working live with a wine maker to record the show.

Equally, the Gillmor Gang recording saw a bunch of intelligent, knowledgeable guys (but all guys, sadly) really getting their teeth into some of the issues that had come out of the conference. There wasn't a whole lot of Love in what was said, bar the brave efforts of Hugh MacLeod and Loïc himself. Bit it was witty, entertaining and informative. 

I'm glad I didn't leave early. It was well worth seeing.

November 4, 2008

Me, on a Podcast #2

Cheese icon
Talking of World of Warcraft, as the last post was, some people known that I live a secret blogging life as a Warcraft blogger (fewer pageviews, but more feed subscribers than this blog, oddly). I was part of a round table of Warcraft bloggers that got together for a podcast a few weeks ago - and which involved me getting up at 5am.

Anyway, deeply tired and geeky ramblings over on the Twisted Nether Blogcast, or you can snag it in iTunes (it's episode 20).
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November 1, 2007

Podcast Interview with The Archers

Four members of The Archers cast
Ah, I'm very jealous of some of my colleagues on Farmers Weekly right now. 

You see, I'm a huge fan of The Archers, a daily drama on BBC Radio 4, for the US readers of this blog. It's been an addition for me since my teenage years. My little dose of audio crack…

Well, four members of the cast were at the Farmers Weekly Awards last night, an event organised by Farmers Weekly. As you can see from the pic (at least, if you are as much of a fan as I am), the people present were stalwarts Trevor Harrison (Eddie Grundy), Timothy Bentinck (David Archer), Felicity Finch (Ruth Archer), and Charles Collingwood (Brian Aldridge). 

And the mag's web editor, Julian Gairdner, took the opportunity to interview them. The lucky bastard.

You can grab the FWi podcast in iTunes, or stream it on Podomatic.

October 12, 2007

An Everyday Podcast of Rural Folks

Cast of The ArchersOh, heaven. Oh, rapture.

The Archers will be a podcast from Sunday.


April 4, 2007

A few notes from the podcasting session.

Peter Whitehead, FT Digital Business Editor, said that they discovered over time that podcasts can't be repackaged content from the existing outlets, but something in its own right. Low quality "office chat" or high quality, radio-like atmosphere? Going for the latter, but a long way yet to go.

Trevor Dann, director of the Radio Academy: Podcasting leading the radio insustry. The FT's content is radio, delivered by podcasting. Once you include video, you lose portability — that's the great strength of radio, it's a secondary medium. You can do something else while listening to it.

Peter: not dangerous, not doing live, another channel to distribute our content. The listeners are niche audiences, but very valuable. iTunes putting FT logo on their podcasting homepage quadrupled number of downloads instantly.

Trevor: used to licensed, governed radio. The internet is a fantastic opportunity to converse abouit subjects with audiences. Radio has to be impartial. Podcasts don't. The audience won't want glorified adverts, they want authenticity.

Free vrs paid for:

At moment difficult to monetise. Will come. Might be slower than we'd like.

Time for closing drinks, I think.


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