Podcast Drop and Donut Production Schedule
Every week, on Tuesday morning, your local edition of the Beyond the Tassel Podcast will drop, making it accessible through Apple Podcasts and Spotify. In order for you to get the full benefit of localized content, you will need to provide your content to us each preceding Wednesday by midnight. This way, we'll have time to professionally produce your podcast, including your local message and any sponsorship updates and have it ready to go on schedule by the following Tuesday. This is a firm deadline. If we do not receive your localized content for that week, we will proceed without your localized content. Because we handle a large number of podcast productions each week for our rural school partners, we must keep the trains on schedule if we are to properly deliver for everyone. You run a school with a bell schedule; we know you get it.
Your Localized Content
Your localized edition of Beyond the Tassel may include up to 10-minutes of localized content in two (2) segments up to 5-minutes each. We will place your first segment approximately 1/3 of the way through the podcast, and the second segment approximately 2/3 of the way through the podcast. Your content may be anything you like, so long as it is within the bounds of your school's media policy. We encourage our rural school partners to get creative with student-based content, like musical performances, poetry recitations, or spoken-word opinion pieces. Audience interest will increase as student content increases. Of course, only you can submit the content, so it must first meet with your approval. Other rural school partners of ours are successfully using the podcast to share news, expressions of gratitude, encouragement of team efforts, or of student performance, and much more. The sky is the limit so, get creative. But, hey, who are we talking to about 'creative?' You're running a school with state and local funding challenges, you know how to be creative!
Recording Your Content
When it comes to getting a good audio file, we have a few suggestions. The best thing you can do, if you have the ability to do so, is to work with your school's music, band, or drama department, as they likely have good recording equipment. Have them set you up with a weekly session that can capture your administrative, faculty, or staff message, or — better still — your student content. If that isn't an option, consider purchasing a good quality USB mic and using your laptop to record the action. We recommend the Blue Yeti USB Microphone. This is generally available for about $130 through B&H Photo, Best Buy, Amazon, and others. With this mic, you will be able to capture excellent audio quality, but you will want to carefully monitor your VU meter levels on your recording software. Ideally, the levels will be somewhere between -12 and 0. They will vary, but this is where you want most of your audio to fall. If obtaining a USB mic and recording on your laptop is not an option, use your iPhone or another smartphone with your built-in or downloadable voice memo app or another recording app. In this case, it is critical that you minimize any and all background noise, like air conditioners, ambient voices, student traffic, or janitorial noise. We actually recommend that you print your script out, take it with you to a car and find a quiet parking lot, without road or traffic noise, turn the vehicle off, and hold the iPhone about 4-inches from your mouth and speak normally as you read your script. Be careful to NOT ruffle the paper as you read! Most people who record their own voice tend to 'stiffen-up.' Try to be yourself and just 'speak' what you've written. Aim for the same kind of conversational inflections and tone you'd normally have if you were speaking to a member of your school community at an event or other social gathering. Natural and conversational is always best! Don't try to be 'formal.'
Getting Your Recording to Us
When you have your weekly content ready to send