Podcasts for High School Journalists: WHS Charger – Senioritis

What is your name?
AJ Grutsch

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.
On Senioritis we start off with a little chat discussing smaller events going on in our school at Wabaunsee with our newspaper staff. After a 5 to 10 minute talk, we roll into an interview with some students or faculty. We bring guests in to talk about stories they have or first hand accounts of events in the school. In doing this we spread our thoughts and feelings as students and staff about issues or events going on in our school. This podcast also helps get word out about activities our students participate in. Lastly, it’s just a lot of fun talking with friends about things we experience together, and the feeling of making something and showing it to the world is amazing.

How has the podcast changed since the first show? What are some things you’ve learned and done to make it better?
The Senioritis podcast has been around for about five years now and each year we get around 14 episodes out but this last year we worked hard and churned out 18 episodes. When I first started editing, it took a lot of learning and about two hours of my life. But the more and more I edit, the faster and better I get. Adding sound effects and transitions has helped the podcast flow but most importantly I have learned how to make better questions and how to get people talking.

What tools do you use to record, edit and publish your podcast?
Behringer Xenyx 1202 12-Input Mixer, four microphones, four headphones and it’s edited on Garageband and published on our website.

What advice do you have for others looking to make a podcast?
Go for it. Put the work in. Everyone says they could start a podcast but few actually put that effort in. The hardest part is learning how it all works but after that everything just gets easier and more fun. Most problems you have can be solved by either google or youtube.

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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