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Podcasting for Change – A Free Online Resource for Climate Justice Campaigners

If you’re working on forest, gender, climate justice or other related issues and are interested in producing your own podcast, then this Global Forest Coalition (GFC) online workshop and training will provide you with all the knowledge and resources you need to get going.

The Podcasting for Change workshop was delivered live online over two sessions in July and August 2023. The recordings of those sessions and all the online resources are available on the GFC website and our YouTube channel. The training and resources are free to access and available in French, English and Spanish.

The two sessions cover all the basics you need, from developing the concept and objectives of your podcast to the technical aspects of interviewing, recording and producing your episodes, through to uploading them online and marketing your show.

Read further on this page for a detailed course overview and links to all the necessary resources.

Course Duration: 2 Sessions (2  hours per session)

Course Description: The Podcasting for Change workshop is designed to empower GFC member organisations and allies to leverage the power of podcasting and radio as a medium to communicate their message, engage with their audience, and raise awareness about their cause. This interactive and hands-on course will guide participants through the process of developing, producing, and publishing their own podcasts. Whether you’re a beginner or have some podcasting experience, this course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to create compelling audio content and effectively distribute it to a wider audience.

Session 1: 

Course Overview and Introduction (15 mins)

Introduction to Podcasting (30 mins) 

  • Understanding the power of podcasting for NGOs: Exploring successful environmental podcasts and their impact.
  • Identifying your target audience and defining your podcast’s goals
  • Overview of podcasting equipment and software

Planning Your Podcast (15 mins)

  • Choosing a podcast format and structure: Identifying podcast formats that align with your organisation’s objectives.
  • Developing a podcast concept and episode topics
  • Crafting engaging storytelling for your podcast, Scriptwriting and storytelling: crafting narratives that resonate with your audience.
  • Creating an outline and script for your episodes

Interviewing, Recording and Editing (30 mins)

  • Recording techniques and best practices
  • Interviewing skills: Conduct informative and compelling interviews with experts, activists, and community members.
  • Audio editing software overview: getting started with editing tools.
  • Editing techniques: enhancing audio quality, removing distractions, and adding music or sound effects.
  • Creating engaging intros and outros: crafting a memorable opening and closing for your podcast.

Setting the Practical Task (15 mins)

  • Practical: Record a 10-minute interview or segment of a mock podcast.

Session 2: Technical Review and Publishing and Promoting Your Podcast (1.5 hrs)

Publishing and Promoting Your Podcast

  • Choosing a podcast hosting platform
  • Uploading and distributing your podcast to popular directories
  • Creating visually appealing podcast cover art
  • Strategies for promoting your podcast and building an audience
  • Adding value with show notes and transcriptions: making your podcast accessible and discoverable.

Questions, answers and follow up

Course Requirements:

  • A computer or laptop with internet access
  • A phone or microphone for recording

By the end of this workshop, participants will have the knowledge and practical skills needed to develop, produce, and publish their own podcasts. They will be equipped with the tools to effectively communicate their organisation’s message, engage with their audience, and make a meaningful impact in their sector through the power of podcasting.


Session 1 Slides: English, Spanish, French

Session 2 Slides: English, Spanish, French

Online Resources: English, Spanish and French

Session 1 Worksheet: English, Spanish, French

Technical Note GFC Podcast Prep and Procedures: English, Spanish, French

12 Oct, 2023
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