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What is a podcast?

A podcast is an audio file (usually an mp3) that is generally in a similar format to that of a radio program. In fact, many radio stations publish their radio programs in radio format online, for the audience to download and listen to at their leisure. There are podcasts for a whole range of topics, created by individuals and groups, clubs, businesses, media producers... The list goes on. There is even a general Supernatural podcast, which includes pieces on meta, reviews and discussion of episodes and other relevant information.

The pros of podcasts are that you can download them to your mp3 player and listen to them wherever, whenever - while you're commuting, working, jogging, whatever.

So what will be in the Supernatural Fic Podcast/what form will it take?

The Supernatural Fic Podcast, or EVP will be structured much like a other podcasts - similar to that of a radio program - and will focus on Supernatural fanfiction.

There is not be a single voice reading all the stories, nor a single author. Rather fans are encouraged to make recordings submit them to the editor(s), who then edit them together into a podcast, prepare show notes (relevant links and further information to the podcast), and post for people to download.

Editions of EVP will be released on a weekly basis, with slash and gen editions alternating. Each episode is themed. See the master-list of themes to get an idea of what's coming up, and read the guide to contributing if you want to get involved.

How does it all work?

1. Following the master list schedule, the editor posts regular calls for submissions
2. Fans signal their interest, then submit recordings for the upcoming podcast
3. The editor edits all the material together into a podcast, also preparing show notes
4. Fans download the finished product from spnfic_podcast

Rinse and repeat!

And what's with this community?

spnfic_podcast will be used both to post each edition of EVP and to communicate with other fans about contributions, post calls for submissions, etc.

The permissions on the community are set so that anyone can friend or join, but only the editor/moderator is able to make posts.

Please use the community as a forum within which you can communicate with the editor and other fans & contributors.

What are the technical requirements?

Visit the guide to contributing or see the FAQ item on podslash for detailed instructions on recording an audio file.

Readers will need the hardware (i.e. microphone), software (audio-recording program - Windows comes with one of these, and the ability to save audio files in mp3 format) and bandwidth (to be able to upload/send the file you record) to effectively contribute.

The audience will require the same hardware and software they have to play any audio file on their computer (or mp3 player!), as well as the willingness and bandwidth to provide mirrors of the files (i.e. re-upload it to YouSendIt or alternative) so there are enough downloads for everyone.

How do I get involved?

Have a read of the Guide to contributing.

In order to establish and continue to produce the podcast, sustained input from the fandom itself will be required. In other words, if no one's reading the stories, there's no material to make the podcast. I'm talking to you. If you're really interested in listening to this podcast, and want this to really take off, you need to consider contributing to it yourself :)

What's with the name?

EVP refers to Electronic Voice Phenomenon.



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Aug. 4th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)
hee, thanks! hopefully it all works out.
Jul. 28th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
I'm hopeless at technology, but would it be possible to do it through an LJ voice post since it records as an mp3?
Aug. 3rd, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
I can't give you an 'official' answer, but when you make a voicepost, you can click on the title and save it to your computer. As long as it's in mp3 format, it can then be played in iTunes/uploaded to YSI/emailed to Hope. And you can make sure it's saved as mp3 by adjusting the VoicePost settings. I only know this from my testing it earlier -- there might be quality issues or something that I don't know about. But strictly speaking, it is possible.
Aug. 4th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
aillychan has generously outlined the technical aspects, yay :D

My only hesitation would be the sound quality in an over-the-phone recording... you're welcome to try it out, though, if you're confident it wouldn't be too distracting/whatever to have that slight lack of clarity/depth that phone audio tends to give...

yay fic reading, anyway :D
Aug. 6th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
This is interesting and I'm going to join to see more of what its about
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