Useful resources for this workshop

Live Sessions

This workshop will feature three synchronous sessions that you are required to attend. In each of these sessions, you are expected to share assignments and deliverables that will help you progress through the podcast production cycle. Assignments are due every Friday before the live session on Sunday.

Each session contains Three Tiers of Success. Tier 1 is the minimum amount of work that is required for each session, but be forewarned that only meeting minimum requirements could cause you to fall behind. Tier 2 requirements indicate that you are progressing at sustainable pace. Tier 3 requirements means that you're progressing at an excellent pace and will most likely finish your production on time.

Session 1
  • Tier 1: You’ve made the podcast intro.
  • Tier 2: You’ve done the intro, and you have an idea for your own podcast.
  • Tier 3: You’ve done the intro, you have an idea for a podcast, and you have a plan for how you’ll do your podcast.
Session 2
  • Tier 1: You’ve written a plan.
  • Tier 2: You’ve written a plan and recorded some Tape.
  • Tier 3. You’ve written a plan, recorded some Tape, and started working on your Acts and Tracks.
Session 3
  • Tier 1: You have all your Tape.
  • Tier 2: Your have a podcast draft that is 75% done.
  • Tier 3: You have a complete podcast draft.
End of workshop and listening party
  • Tier 1: You have a complete podcast episode.
  • Tier 2: You have a complete podcast episode and metadata.
  • Tier 3: You have a complete podcast episode, metadata, and transcript.


Podcasting production uses some very specific jargon which may be confusing at first. Take a look at the list below to see some terminology often repeated in the industry and this workshop.

  • Q Line: A list of questions for your interview subject(s).
  • Tape: A single or series of recordings.
  • Tracks: Scripted talking points to use in your production (usually a narrative read from a script).
  • Acts: Also known as "actualities," these are clips from your extended recording(s) that serve as "soundbites" in your production.

  • Planning Documentation

    How to build a podcast: From the makers of Criminal, Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer.

    NPR Storytelling Project Blueprint 2.0: A how-to document from the folks at NPR.

    Imagining the Story: How to tell a story with Rob Rosenthal.

    Podcasting Basics: A multi-part series covering the basics of podcasting.


    Self-owned devices: Use your own devices such as smartphones, microphones, and audio recorders.

    Student Tech Loan Program: This program at the UW Seattle campus allows students to rent audio equipment.

    Odegaard Library Sound Studio: The Sound Studio is a space to conduct audio recordings.

    Media Arcade: The Media Arcade is an audio and video viewing and makerspace open to UW students, staff and faculty.


    Audacity: Audacity is a free and open platform for editing audio files.

    GarageBand: GarageBand is an audio-editing platform available on Mac computers.

    Reaper: Reaper is a digital audio workstation and editing platform.

    Otter Voice Notes: Otter Voice Notes is an Android app that can help to transcribe up to 600 minutes of notes per month.