Subscribe by email, free
Your daily briefing for podcasting and on-demand

Tools for Podcasting - a free e-book

PRESS RELEASE — September 6, 2019

Washington DC, USA—Tools for Podcasting is a new free e-book by American University Journalism Professor Jill Olmsted that spans the growing universe of podcasting, how it works and finding tools and inspiration to create your own podcast. It takes a lot more than just hitting the record button. This practical guide will help you navigate the technology and best practices of this popular medium. Since this electronic book is continuously updated it has something for novices as well as professionals in journalism, the arts, sciences, business or law, an activist or anyone with a specialized interest and a story to tell. The tools discussed are focused on keeping costs low for entry-level podcasters and designed to help anyone who wants to record, edit and distribute podcasts.

The book can be found at:

An accompanying website is at:

You will find many audio and video clips that provide examples and video tutorials leading you through editing software, vocal delivery, promotion ideas and more. All videos have closed captioning and there is an extensive section on the importance of transcription of podcasts to enable web accessibility for the deaf, hearing impaired and language learning audiences. There is also an emphasis on diversity and inclusion with resources listing mentorships and employment opportunities. For even more information click on the extensive links throughout this e-book.

In addition, each chapter has learning objectives and there are practice exercises in Appendix C at the end of the e-book along with additional resources about podcasting from newsletters and conferences to how-to-create tools and podcast recommendations.

Tools for Podcasting is a part of the Open Textbook Library, that offers free openly-licensed textbooks that can be used, adapted and distributed to promote access, affordability and student success in higher education.

About the Author

Jill Olmsted is a full-time professor of Journalism at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. She has taught communication courses for 30 years, specializing in audio and video storytelling and public affairs reporting. She writes and comments about media issues, does freelance voice-over work and has done media training for law enforcement and government agencies. She has worked as an on-air television and radio news anchor, reporter and editorialist as well as a producer, editor, photographer and news manager. As a former Washington, D.C., correspondent for nationally syndicated programs, she covered federal agencies and the White House. She’s been a member of professional organizations that include the Online News Association (ONA), Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and The Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

This is a press release which we link to from our daily newsletter about podcasting and on-demand. This is reprinted verbatim; we may rewrite headlines and descriptions. Press releases can be sent to


<< Happy 9th, 99% Invisible; Acast moves to IAB v2 guidelines

Get a global view on podcasting and on-demand with our daily news briefing

Subscribe to our daily newsletter by email, free