PodCast – a new semiprofessional hobby

I have started two podcast streams, the forum for vitenskap og demokrati, that is based on the lectures in that series which I mentioned in the last instalment, and the podcast for the Bjerknes Centre for climate research. I call it a semiprofessional hobby as I have used both the decimation time from work and free time to start these podcasts.

I have come to the conclusion that it would be nice to post the episodes here combined. While it probably would be best to keep it to one post per episode, I will now publish all the existing ones in two following posts to not drown out this. Coming episodes will be given a separate post with information about the talk or the interview in question.

My first PodCast – Spinning up the past, the present and the future climate

A couple of weeks ago I attended a PodCast workshop organised by ResClim and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, and led by Jack Soper.

Soper is a former BBC-producer turned freelancer. He still work for BBC, but also “run smartphone reporting training for journalists and producers and am currently visiting lecturer at both University of Westminster and City University, teaching media and journalism”, as he writes about himself on his webpage. I can highly recommend his course!

The focus on the course was on how to turn the great content that we already have, into a PodCast. As Soper stated, content is king, and we all were researchers with a lot to tell the world, but we lacked the experience on how to turning it into something that people will listen to.

The first point we needed to learn was how to write for audio. Secondly, how to do a good recording. Third step was editing. Fourth, how to get it out there.

Before the workshop started I had some ideas on what I wanted to make a PodCast about, and that was how climate models tick. During the first day though, I needed to write a short text for the webpage of the Organic project that I am part of. I therefore ended up with adapting that text to audio. Listening through it now, and discussing it with Ashley Braunthal, a fellow science communicator at SciSnack, I see that this was a bad strategy as it set some limits on how I built the text that do not work optimal. So I might revisit the topic later. I will keep it as it is for now, since it is limited how much time I have to use on it, and I want to make new PodCasts on other topics.

So here is the product,