The use music, sound effects, and different voices allows podcasts to convey an emotional depth and richness that is difficult to achieve through other forms of media. Additionally, the on-demand nature of podcasts means that listeners can tune in at their convenience, making it possible to consume content at their own pace and in a way that fits their lifestyle.
Podcasting has opened new opportunities for underrepresented voices to tell their stories, sharing their experiences and perspectives with a wider audience. By telling the stories of marginalized communities and raising awareness of important issues, podcasts can be an important tool when advocating for social and political change.
Many excellent resources are available to help develop the skills needed to create effective podcasts. They include:
- Transom: A Showcase and Workshop for New Public Radio
- Storytelling Through Sound: Making Radio Sound “Real” from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
- The Journey from Print to Radio Storytelling: A Guide for Navigating a New Landscape from National Public Radio (NPR)