Ryland Staples | Staff Writer
In today’s streaming age, everyone can have their own little thing.
Years ago when someone said they were starting a YouTube channel, you might’ve looked at them like they were rich. But it is 2019, the future where everyone has a high-quality camera, streaming device, and iPod all wrapped up in one gizmo in their pocket.
With all of the available technology to us today, it should be easy for anyone to start their own business. Anybody with any sort of interest can start making content that caters to their own personality. Believe me, if you think your idea is too cliché or not popular enough, don’t worry about it, there is always someone else out there who wants to hear what you have to say.
A perfect starting point for producing your own content is to make a podcast. Did you know that the word “podcast” is a combination of “iPod” and “broadcast?” A podcast is an easy way to record your voice or the voices of multiple people, it can even be edited, and extra effects can be added to it before posting it to the major distrusting feeds. Now I know what you are thinking, “How do even go about recording a podcast?”
On campus at our university, there is a recording studio that has open access to students in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.
However, making a podcast isn’t all just about having an idea and recording it right when you think of it. You also need lots of planning and preparation for it to be successful. You can’t just record without at least some talking points for yourself or you and your guest. You also need sound effects. Being able to go smoothly and efficiently from talking point to talking point allows a podcast to flow together.
Along with podcasts, writing stories or articles is a great way to get your voice out there. An important thing to do before posting your story or article is to get someone else to edit it. Having someone else look at your writing allows you to have fewer mistakes in your writing, because even if we read our own writing, there are just times where we don’t catch the littlest things. Allowing yourself to have a creative outlet for your imagination is a great way to relieve stress and boast your own self-confidence with your writing.
For journalism and strategic communications majors, this is good way for you to build your portfolio. With content websites such as Medium and other online publishing sites, posting your content can be easy. With social media, all you need is a link to get eyes on it.
Personally, I have a podcast that my friends and I write, produce, and post on a weekly basis. We decided to start doing it to have a platform to talk about what interests us – anime. We record and talk about the points we want to talk about, but we also have lots of fun doing it. Having fun is at the center of making content. You do it so you can be able to do what interests you.