Podcasts by High School Journalists: The Shake

What is your name?
Katie Cronin, Madeline Price, and Bess von der Heydt

Where can your podcast be found?

Please describe your podcast and why you thought it would be a good topic to have a podcast on.
We feature stories about our school and community, including events, interviews with teachers and students about their accomplishments and investigations about our school’s history with domestic violence. In our freshman year, we became inspired to start a podcast to extend our school newspaper’s coverage and develop a podcast program at our school.

How has the podcast changed since the first show? What are some things you’ve learned and done to make it better?
We have learned a lot since our first episode. We have improved our editing skills, and the overall production and quality of our episodes are much better now. This means that our newer episodes have a larger range of interviews and ideas represented. We have also began to share our knowledge about podcasting with others to help other students make their own podcasts.

What tools do you use to record, edit and publish your podcast?
We use a Yeti microphone to record, and we use Garageband on an Apple computer to publish. We publish our podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Soundcloud.

What advice do you have for others looking to make a podcast?
Just start recording.

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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