I’m trying to get podcasting happening at my school but at the moment it seems to be the teachers who are more interested than the kids. I have support from Media, Drama, ICT, English and Business Studies plus the school’s marketing manager. But I’ve hung around for 3 weeks now after school on Thursdays and although kids have popped in, no one has stayed to do anything.
I want to follow a similar concept to what I did in an after-school club last year before I decided to do teacher training. This approach involves setting up a new catchy domain name that the kids can call their own (see BradFM.com). We’ve not even named the show yet let alone got the domain name or concept sorted.
The School has Business and Enterprise Status, and the school is crying out for this type of project. But now I’m getting to the crux of the issue: the great thing about podcasting is authentic grassroots and often subversive… if the traditional power structure of the school takes it over and starts using it as their mouthpiece then no one will listen to it. On the other hand I don’t want nasty slanderous trash being aired.
The issue of who actually controls the station is interesting. I would like to appoint a pupil editor, who would, as in a real media company, answer to me. How much/little control should I exert? Its not new issue but I haven’t quite decided how to play this yet.
(sorry I forgot to publish this earlier)