If your podcast is scripted (more of a performance than a conversation), make that script available for the audience. If it's more of an on-air interview or conversation, then produce a transcript after the fact. Transcription software such as Microsoft Word 365 online (free to Colgate students, faculty or staff) or Otter.ai (free accounts allow audio uploads of 40 minutes or less) can provide a base transcription that you will then need to edit for accuracy. Do not share an unedited auto-transcribed file!
To access the transcription option with Microsoft 365 online, open a new Word document and then click the down arrow beside the Dictation button (an icon of a microphone). It will then walk you through the process. You have 300 free transcription upload minutes per month.
The nature of a podcast opens your audience to the entire world. You can't assume your audience knows the specifics of your discipline or local acronyms. When you use jargon, define it in simple terms the first time you say it. If you are using Acronyms, you should spell them out and state what they stand for. For example, "The Eastern New York Chapter of the Association of College and Research Librarians, or ENY/ACRL (pronounced eeny-ack-rl), E-N-Y-Slash-A-C-R-L."
If you are giving the audience a link to visit, not only should it appear on the transcript, but you should speak out the URL. For example, "For more information, go to enyacrl.org, or E-N-Y-A-C-R-L dot O-R-G."
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