Podcasting 101 Online

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Want to learn how to create your own podcasts? Get practical advice and skills training from experts, and learn how to take your podcast from an idea to a completed, ready-to-upload file, in this online course.


This six-week course uses online video chat sessions, audio recordings, readings, and exercises to teach you about:

  • Recording quality sound for your podcasts

  • Software and hardware needed to record, edit and upload your podcast

  • Basic audio editing

  • How production elements can improve your podcast

  • Podcast genres/styles

  • Developing content ideas

  • How to structure a podcast

  • What’s next? Channels, options, strategies to further your ‘brand’

The course is delivered entirely online, with a weekly 90 minute video chat.


With the increasing accessibility of low cost hardware and software, it is now relatively inexpensive and simple to create and self-publish your own work.


Madeline Joannou loves all things audio and has a particular passion for radio. She has been working as an Audio Producer for the last 10 years in commercial radio, diving in the deep end by starting her career on 2Day FM's Kyle & Jackie O Show producing all of their in-show audio content and promos. She then moved onto various production roles at Vega 95.3 (when it was a brand new station) Nova 96.9, Mix 1065 and 101.7 WSFM among others. Madeline currently works at the ABC as part of the ABC MADE team primarily focusing on 702 ABC Sydney as their Radio Promotions Producer. In this role Madeline works across all of the station's programs producing their promos and also working across other ABC radio brands when required such as News Radio, Radio National, and Classic FM to do the same.

Madeline was involved in the re-brand launch and creation of Sydney's KIIS 1065 in 2014. She was one of two Audio Producers chosen for this highly confidential project involving the creation of the stations custom sound design in line with the KIIS 1065 marketing strategy, brand name, positioning statement, music format and breakfast show. At the time she was also the Audio Producer for the drive show on Mix/KIIS which was Rosso on Drive and worked closely with them and the team to create captivating comedy sketches, song parodies and daily podcasts to keep the listeners entertained and coming back each day for more.

Madeline also works for the internationally renowned U.S production company ReelWorld as one of their Audio Producers, creating custom sound design for their Production Vault libraries across several radio formats.


This course is suitable for all. It is entry level, but presumes an intermediate level of computer literacy.


This course is for six weeks, with an online video tutorial session every Tuesday from 6.30 - 8.00pm (AEST). First tutorial is Tuesday 1st August.

In addition this course requires you to set aside a minimum of five hours a week to do readings, review other podcasts and do practical recording and editing assignments.


  • Basic audio recording equipment (at minimum a smartphone or tablet to record audio OR a DV camera with plug-in microphone OR a hand held audio recording device such as a Zoom recorder)

  • Raw idea for a podcast series (this can just be a basic idea)

  • Access to basic audio editing software on a computer e.g. Garage Band, Audacity, Wavepad, or Adobe Audition. ProTools also appropriate.

To participate in this course you MUST have an internet connection (broadband wired OR wireless 3G or 4G/LTE) and the ability to enable cookies within your web browser.

Mac Users: It is best to use Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox as your web browser.
PC Users: It is best to use Google Chrome or Explorer as your web browser.

The chat sessions use Zoom (video conferencing software), to which we provide a link for the free download.

You must have the following to use Zoom:

  • An internet connection - broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)

  • Speakers and a microphone - built in, USB, plug in or wireless Bluetooth

  • A webcam or HD webcam - built in, USB, plug in, or HD camera or camcorder, with a video capture card.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: open@aftrs.edu.au or 1300 065 281


AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If a participant wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee. For more information on AFTRS Open's policies, including refund policies, please see our policies page


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.