CNI Podcast Training

Learn to promote yourself and your organisation online. Click Play Audio for a podcast recorded at a recent CNI podcast workshop

What is a podcast? How are they produced? Where do they live, and how do I find them? These were just some of the questions posed and answered at the Outburst Queer Arts Festival’s November 11 podcast workshop in the Linen Hall Library.

Organised by CultureNorthernIreland and Channel 4’s 4Talent NI website, the workshop was an informal exploration of one of the internets most exciting media by-products – a new form of broadcast entertainment and e-marketing for which Ricky Gervais’s bank manager will be forever grateful.

‘Podcasting is an affordable, flexible and exciting new medium,’ explained Lee Henry, web editor of CultureNorthernIreland, ‘with many advantages for the creative individual as well as for businesses and organisations seeking to promote themselves online.

‘At CultureNorthernIreland we produce around 100 podcasts every year, on all sorts of subjects relating to arts and culture. Whether you’re interviewing your favourite artist, recording a band, logging a lecture or documenting a conference, podcasting is a quick and easy method of getting information out to the public.

'In our podcast training workshops we teach that, with the right hardware, software, and a whole lot of imagination, there are no limits as to what you might achieve through podcasting. It's new technology made easy.’

Debbie McGrory, editor of 4Talent NI, attended the training workshop.

’It was a very informal workshop, which is how we like it at 4Talent. But also very informative, not too heavy, and with a good mix of technical know-how and entertainment.

‘There was a real buzz about the workshop. The nine people attending loved it and feedback was very positive, everyone went away feeling they had learned something.'
CultureNorthernIreland will be hosting our next Podcast Production training day, in conjunction with Audiences NI, in the Nerve Centre, Derry, from 9.30am to 4pm, on January 20. 

Attendees will be taught the five Ps to making a perfect podcast: preparation, production, post-production, postings and promotion. Attendees will also learn about finding and utilising the correct equipment, getting to know your subject, interview techniques, uploading and promoting podcasts online.

Places cost £95 plus VAT per person, with a discount for Audiences NI members. To book places, contact Sarah Brozna at or 028 9043 6487. Download Audiences NI training programme.

Download the Audiences NI Training Programme 2008-09.