My first Podcast: Social Media and the 2019 Australian Federal Election

So above is my podcast on how social media impacted the 2019 Australian Federal Election. Specifically it’s about how online discussions contributed to the Coalition’s surprising victory and led to a movement which saw Tony Abbott voted out.

Coming up with a focus for my podcast required various research styles. Initially I researched the public sphere using online academic material from my university’s library. To bring relevance to the theories I was reading I needed an example. How social media was affecting Australia’s Federal Election seemed current, however there were too many examples within that to talk about. My initial draft therefore mostly described examples I’d read in online news articles. To have a more focused podcast I combined what I’d learnt from journal articles with what I’d learnt about the outcome of the election from news articles. This allowed me to have a more focused and analytical podcast.

With research out of the way my plan was to have a detailed word for word script I could read out for my podcast. I thought knowing exactly what to say would give me more confidence. Once I had my final script I spent some time practicing it. I did some test recordings before setting up a make shift recording studio for the final recordings. When editing my podcast in Audacity I used one main recording which I cut and pasted bits into that sounded better from other recordings. After I was happy with how everything sounded I started looking for some appropriate intro/outro music. I wanted something I could use under Creative Commons that sounded like the beginning of a news program. I noticed that the Social Media Stories podcasts and others often used Argofox’s music. Argofox on Sound Cloud advertises ‘royalty free music for creators to use in monetized videos and streams in exchange for credit.’ Upon reading this I understood that any of their music should be okay to use in my podcast as long as I credit Argofox. While browsing their music I found ‘Moving On’, a track which had an intro with just the sort of sound I was looking for. Unfortunately I couldn’t use this track because despite being able to use it for YouTube videos I would need to ask permission in order to use it in my podcast. If I had the time or felt like I had credibility as a podcaster I may have asked permission. I ended up using a track called ‘Explorers’ by Hinkik, although I still prefer the original track I used. I was able to replace the sections where I had the Argofox music track with Hinkik’s music track. I still had to adapt the volume and timing of the fade ins and outs, but I think it worked in the end.

Overall the hardest and most time-consuming part of creating this podcast was figuring out a focus for my topic and crafting a script around that. Even when I decided to talk about the Federal Election’s use of social media that was still quite broad with a lot of information. Looking specifically at how conversations on social media impacted the result of the election made things easier. Finding the right music would be something to be wary of in the future as even if it sounds good and is free to use on YouTube it may not come under Creative Commons for podcasts. It’s important therefore to have a clear specific focus and to clearly understand copyright.

Cover image created by me using Canva
Music:
Hinkik – Hinkik-explorers (CC BY 3.0)

References:

Antony Green on what the trend away from landlines has to do with opinion polls 2019, streaming video, ABC News, 19 May, retrieved 30 May 2019, <https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-19/antony-green-says-bad-polls-a-result-of-trend-away/11128522&gt;

Bruns, A & Moon, B 2018, ‘Social Media in Australian Federal Elections:  Comparing the 2013 and 2016 Campaigns’ Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Vol. 95(2) 425 –448, DOI: 10.1177/1077699018766505

Glenday, J 2013, Opinion polls explained: How to read them and why they matter, ABC News, 3 June 2019, <https://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-11/opinion-polls-explained-how-to-read-them/4561332&gt;

Kruse, L. M., Norris, D. R. and Flinchum, J. R. 2018 ‘Social media as a public sphere? Politics on social media’, The Sociological Quarterly, 59(1), pp. 62–84. doi: 10.1080/00380253.2017.1383143.

Rose, T 2019, How social media is shaping the federal election, 9 News, retrieved 3 June 2019, <https://www.9news.com.au/national/federal-election-2019-social-media-facebook-twitter-instagram-early-voting/f868e50a-a183-4f10-94e2-4ee03fb3d657&gt;

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