‘How The World Begins Again’ on RTÉ Lyric FM

How the World Begins Again – an RTÉ lyric fm series celebrating women composers and sound artists working in Ireland, presented by singer Elizabeth Hilliard, who meets twenty women: composers and sound artists connected to the island of Ireland. They share their stories, their inspirations, creativity and challenges as they connect the listener to their work.

Athena Media · How The World Begins Again E1 ‘A Sense of Place’

In the first episode of How The World Begins Again singer Elizabeth Hilliard meets with composers and sound artists, Jane O’Leary, Natalia Beylis and Jenn Kirby and finds out what place and belonging means to them. She discovers how meeting new people from different backgrounds inspires them in their work and how they’ve explored new beginnings in their lives and brought that into their music and soundcraft.

Athena Media · How The World Begins Again E2 ‘The Space Within’

In episode 2, Elizabeth meets with composers and sound artists, Rhona Clarke, Una Lee and Jennifer Walshe and finds out how they found the imposed solitary life that we all experienced in the pandemic. She learns how this was a time for focussed creativity and work, for discovering new ways of creating music, and it allowed time to reflect on how, as artists, we are all individuals on our own journeys.

How The World Begins Again, produced with Athena Media for RTÉ lyric fm, Fridays at 7pm – listen during the interval of The Lyric Concert, and find out more here

Saturday November 6th – First Steps in Audio Podcasting – How to Podcast Beginners Workshop

Thinking of starting an audio podcast? Our remote beginners podcasting workshop shows you how to do it.



Try our half day virtual beginners podcasting session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ – via Zoom video conference, and designed to give you an express workshop on podcasting today, including how to podcast remotely using video conferencing tools or how to record using your smart phone with an app. We offer small discounts for those unemployed or unable to work, including students – just message us and we’ll come back to you.

This three hour virtual workshop, presented by experienced and skilled podcasters Helen Shaw and John Howard, of Podcasting Ireland and Athena Media, is aimed at taking the mystery out of podcasting, and offers participants an entry level conversation about podcasting today. Topics covered include : audio storytelling, how to shape a podcast strategy, how to start recording using your smart phone, or a mobile hand held recorder or using remote podcasting platforms, how to host and release your podcast and make the most of your content to share audio stories with impact.

The workshop will be conducted via video conferencing app ZOOM which is simple and easy to use once you have broadband or wifi and a laptop, which has audio and video enabled, at your base.

The workshop is aimed at both personal and professional podcasters, and a ‘How to Podcast Manual’ is provided at the end of the workshop. These workshops are small with proven results and many of our participants have gone on to create and run their own podcast channels.

Upcoming workshops – Friday and Saturday workshop dates for Beginner and Intermediate Workshops

We’ve added workshop dates for all levels to our podcasting schedule across September, October and November – podcastingireland.eventbrite.com for more details on what to expect and to register for any of these sessions – get in touch if you have any queries or would like to talk about bespoke sessions for you or your organisation.

New Schedule of Podcasting Workshops September & October

First Steps in Audio Podcasting – September 3rd

Thinking of starting an audio podcast? Our virtual session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ is perfect for those wanting to record remotely.

This three hour virtual workshop, presented by experienced and skilled podcasters Helen Shaw and John Howard, of Podcasting Ireland and Athena Media, is aimed at taking the mystery out of podcasting, and offers participants an entry level conversation about podcasting today.


Make Better Podcasts – Intermediate Podcasting Workshop – September 24th

This half day is aimed at those who have taken our one day How to Podcast workshop or who are already podcasting but want to get better at it.

Improve your audio quality, production approach, episode structure and interview technique to publish audio you can be proud of, expand your listenership to tell stories that have an impact.


Promoting Your Podcast – Digital Visual Storytelling for Podcasters – Oct 1st

Topics covered in the workshop show how to use digital visual skills, storytelling and social media platforms to tell the story of your podcast, and to reach and engage your audience.

We look at accessible ways of adding video and visual content, creating short form video or audio led promotion content and how to design and device a promotional campaign for your project.

We look at social media research and how to match your campaign to your audience.

This workshop is ideal for those who have established a podcast and want to improve its reach and impact, to grow its audience, and their connection and relationship to the podcast.

Workshop is aimed at new podcasters but those with established projects can also benefit from the opportunity to think laterally about promotion, marketing and distribution .


First Steps in Audio Podcasting – Oct 15th

1 What’s a podcast and why should you make one? Why is podcasting growing?

2 What are the elements that make a successful podcast? Let’s explore some success stories we can learn from and how they are made.

3 Where should I begin? First five steps to start podcasting. ‘Start Where You Are’, ‘ Get Outside of Your Comfort Zone’ “Start Small & Grow’ ‘ What’s Your Story and who is Your Audience? ‘ ‘Collaborate’

4 How can I make podcasts remotely? (we’ll explore using ZOOM.us itself and using your smart phone as well as hand held audio recorders like the Zoom Hn4 and 5. We’ll also introduce to methods and techniques to get better sound and record locally). We talk sound and how to achieve sound quality remotely. ‘Every person and every place has a sound’.

5 Key tools, techniques and resources to get you up and going from microphone equipment, podcast platforms and basic editing resources. We aim to get you started immediately. We introduce you to all stages; including a brief over-view of audio editing, and provide detailed resources, including a ‘how to’ manual, to guide you after the workshop.) These workshops are small and interactive.


What have we been up to? Have a listen to our most recent podcasts:

Make Better Podcasts – Intermediate Podcasting Workshop – September 24th

This half day is aimed at those who have taken our one day How to Podcast workshop or who are already podcasting but want to get better at it.

Want to learn how to improve your podcast and take it to the next level? Join us for a half-day podcasting workshop. Limited numbers – maximum 12 in this session. Improve your audio quality, production approach, episode structure and interview technique to publish audio you can be proud of, expand your listenership to tell stories that have an impact.

Our podcasts include The Family of Things hosted by Helen Shaw who will lead this workshop and our regular radio/podcast shows including PantisocracyThis is Where We Live,Mother’s Blood, Sister SongsWilde Stories and Vocal Chords . Helen’s podcast The Family of Things won Finalist in the New York Radio Festival and Awards 2019. Our image above shows us winning Gold for the Kinder Letters series at New York Radio Festival.

The Athena Media team delivering this workshop is Helen Shaw & John Howard

Their audio work has won six Golds at the New York Radio Festival two TORC awards at the Celtic Media Festival and Gold PPI Irish Radio Awards. Besides podcasts they make award winning audio for radio broadcasters including the BBC, RTÉ and Newstalk. Their current podcasts include www.thisiswherewelive.ie and an audio documentary project www.mothersbloodsistersongs.compodcastingireland.ie for more about us

First Steps in Audio Podcasting – Virtual Workshop September 3rd

Thinking of starting an audio podcast? Our virtual session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ is perfect for those wanting to record remotely

Try our half day virtual session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ via Zoom.us – aimed at beginners – and designed to give you an express workshop on podcasting today, including how to podcast remotely using video conferencing tools or how to record using your smart phone with an app. We offer small discounts for those unemployed or unable to work, including students – just message us and we’ll come back to you.

This three hour virtual workshop, presented by experienced and skilled podcasters Helen Shaw and John Howard, of Podcasting Ireland and Athena Media, is aimed at taking the mystery out of podcasting, and offers participants an entry level conversation about podcasting today. Topics covered include : audio storytelling, how to shape a podcast strategy, how to start recording using your smart phone, or a mobile hand held recorder or using remote podcasting platforms, how to host and release your podcast and make the most of your content to share audio stories with impact.

The workshop will be conducted via video conferencing app ZOOM which is simple and easy to use once you have broadband or wifi and a laptop, which has audio and video enabled, at your base.

The workshop is aimed at both personal and professional podcasters, and a ‘How to Podcast Manual’ is provided at the end of the workshop. These workshops are small with proven results and many of our participants have gone on to create and run their own podcast channels.


		First Steps in Audio Podcasting - Virtual Workshop via ZOOM.us image

What’s covered? 10am-1pm ( Zoom session will open 9.50 am to check audio and video) We ask people if possible to open their video cameras for the session so we can be as responsive as possible in a virtual setting.

1 What’s a podcast and why should you make one? Why is podcasting growing?

2 What are the elements that make a successful podcast? Let’s explore some success stories we can learn from and how they are made.

3 Where should I begin? First five steps to start podcasting. ‘Start Where You Are’, ‘ Get Outside of Your Comfort Zone’ “Start Small & Grow’ ‘ What’s Your Story and who is Your Audience? ‘ ‘Collaborate’

4 How can I make podcasts remotely? (we’ll explore using ZOOM.us itself and using your smart phone as well as hand held audio recorders like the Zoom Hn4 and 5. We’ll also introduce to methods and techniques to get better sound and record locally). We talk sound and how to achieve sound quality remotely. ‘Every person and every place has a sound’.

5 Key tools, techniques and resources to get you up and going from microphone equipment, podcast platforms and basic editing resources. We aim to get you started immediately. We introduce you to all stages; including a brief over-view of audio editing, and provide detailed resources, including a ‘how to’ manual, to guide you after the workshop.) These workshops are small and interactive.

6 Next stages : mapping your podcast strategy and creating a pilot to kick start your podcast idea. We offer you templates, guidance, and show you examples of what others have done who have worked with us and who are successfully podcasting and telling their story.

Several of our recent participants have already launched their own podcasts. We’ll show you how they did it and how you can adapt.

Find out more about us onwww.podcastingireland.ie

Read what our clients and workshop participants say: http://podcastingireland.ie/?page_id=11

and visit our mother ship www.athenamedia.ie


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Helen Shaw leads the podcasting sessions via ZOOM video conferencing and Helen brings her experience in broadcasting radio , award-winning production and digital content creation as well as 15 years in running podcasting channels with Podcasting Ireland. John Howard is an experienced digital editor, an accomplished podcaster, who uses his digital skills to help you advance.

June 25th – First Steps in Audio Podcasting – Virtual Workshop via ZOOM.us

Thinking of starting an audio podcast? Our virtual session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ is perfect for those wanting to record remotely

About this event

Thinking of starting an audio podcast?

Curious about how it all works and how you can make it work?

Try our half day virtual session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ via Zoom.us – aimed at beginners – and designed to give you an express workshop on podcasting today, including how to podcast remotely using video conferencing tools or how to record using your smart phone with an app. We offer small discounts for those unemployed or unable to work, including students – just message us and we’ll come back to you.

This three hour virtual workshop, presented by experienced and skilled podcasters Helen Shaw and John Howard, of Podcasting Ireland and Athena Media, is aimed at taking the mystery out of podcasting, and offers participants an entry level conversation about podcasting today. Topics covered include : audio storytelling, how to shape a podcast strategy, how to start recording using your smart phone, or a mobile hand held recorder or using remote podcasting platforms, how to host and release your podcast and make the most of your content to share audio stories with impact.

The workshop will be conducted via video conferencing app ZOOM which is simple and easy to use once you have broadband or wifi and a laptop, which has audio and video enabled, at your base.

The workshop is aimed at both personal and professional podcasters, and a ‘How to Podcast Manual’ is provided at the end of the workshop. These workshops are small with proven results and many of our participants have gone on to create and run their own podcast channels.

What’s covered? 10am-1pm ( Zoom session will open 9.50 am to check audio and video) We ask people if possible to open their video cameras for the session so we can be as responsive as possible in a virtual setting.

1 What’s a podcast and why should you make one? Why is podcasting growing?

2 What are the elements that make a successful podcast? Let’s explore some success stories we can learn from and how they are made.

3 Where should I begin? First five steps to start podcasting. ‘Start Where You Are’, ‘ Get Outside of Your Comfort Zone’ “Start Small & Grow’ ‘ What’s Your Story and who is Your Audience? ‘ ‘Collaborate’

4 How can I make podcasts remotely? (we’ll explore using ZOOM.us itself and using your smart phone as well as hand held audio recorders like the Zoom Hn4 and 5. We’ll also introduce to methods and techniques to get better sound and record locally). We talk sound and how to achieve sound quality remotely. ‘Every person and every place has a sound’.

5 Key tools, techniques and resources to get you up and going from microphone equipment, podcast platforms and basic editing resources. We aim to get you started immediately. We introduce you to all stages; including a brief over-view of audio editing, and provide detailed resources, including a ‘how to’ manual, to guide you after the workshop.) These workshops are small and interactive.

6 Next stages : mapping your podcast strategy and creating a pilot to kick start your podcast idea. We offer you templates, guidance, and show you examples of what others have done who have worked with us and who are successfully podcasting and telling their story.

Several of our recent participants have already launched their own podcasts. We’ll show you how they did it and how you can adapt.

Two new podcasts from Athena Media/Podcasting Ireland

Two new podcasts are hitting the air from Athena Media/Podcasting Ireland.


A new Season of The Family of Things started on April 2nd with a chart topping episode with broadcaster/singer Ruth Smith and followed up by Berlin based musician and singer Robert John Hope.

The new season is available in all audio platforms and is being distributed to YouTube with closed captions.

It’s an independent podcast, without funding, so if you like The Family of Things do support us on Patreon.


The second new Podcast Is a brand new one with Panti Bliss, called The Panti Personals, and it’s a child of Pantisocracy, our award winning series that ran 2016-2020.

The Panti Personals is a more intimate one-to-one between Panti and a guest and first up for the launch on May 1 is music and mindfulness man ‘Bressie’ Niall Breslin.


You can subscribe to The Panti Personals via the Pantisocracy RSS feed in all podcast places including YouTube. The new podcast is being made with the kind support of Camden Recording Studios in Dublin and HappyScribe, the auto transcription tool, but we’re keenly seeking new sponsorship connections for The Panti Personals – if you’re interested contact us.

May Podcasting Workshops for Beginner and Intermediate Podcasters

Make Better Podcasts – Intermediate Podcasting Workshop

Make Better Podcasts – Intermediate Podcasting Workshop – May 7th

This half day is aimed at those who have taken our one day How to Podcast workshop or who are already podcasting but want to get better at it.

Want to learn how to improve your podcast and take it to the next level? Join us for a half-day podcasting workshop. Limited numbers – maximum 12 in this session. Improve your audio quality, production approach, episode structure and interview technique to publish audio you can be proud of, expand your listenership to tell stories that have an impact.


First Steps in Audio Podcasting – Virtual Workshop via ZOOM.us – May 14th

Thinking of starting an audio podcast?

Curious about how it all works and how you can make it work?

Try our half day virtual session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ via Zoom.us – aimed at beginners – and designed to give you an express workshop on podcasting today, including how to podcast remotely using video conferencing tools or how to record using your smart phone with an app. We offer small discounts for those unemployed or unable to work, including students – just message us and we’ll come back to you.

This three hour virtual workshop, presented by experienced and skilled podcasters Helen Shaw and John Howard, of Podcasting Ireland and Athena Media, is aimed at taking the mystery out of podcasting, and offers participants an entry level conversation about podcasting today. Topics covered include : audio storytelling, how to shape a podcast strategy, how to start recording using your smart phone, or a mobile hand held recorder or using remote podcasting platforms, how to host and release your podcast and make the most of your content to share audio stories with impact.

March and April Workshop dates

First Steps in Audio Podcasting – Virtual Workshop via ZOOM.us – March 12th and April 9th dates.

Thinking of starting an audio podcast?

Curious about how it all works and how you can make it work?

Try our half day virtual session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ via Zoom.us – aimed at beginners – and designed to give you an express workshop on podcasting today, including how to podcast remotely using video conferencing tools or how to record using your smart phone with an app. We offer small discounts for those unemployed or unable to work, including students – just message us and we’ll come back to you.

This three hour virtual workshop, presented by experienced and skilled podcasters Helen Shaw and John Howard, of Podcasting Ireland and Athena Media, is aimed at taking the mystery out of podcasting, and offers participants an entry level conversation about podcasting today. Topics covered include : audio storytelling, how to shape a podcast strategy, how to start recording using your smart phone, or a mobile hand held recorder or using remote podcasting platforms, how to host and release your podcast and make the most of your content to share audio stories with impact.

The workshop will be conducted via video conferencing app ZOOM which is simple and easy to use once you have broadband or wifi and a laptop, which has audio and video enabled, at your base.

The workshop is aimed at both personal and professional podcasters, and a ‘How to Podcast Manual’ is provided at the end of the workshop.


		First Steps in Audio Podcasting - Virtual Workshop via ZOOM.us image

What’s covered? 10am-1pm ( Zoom session will open 9.50 am to check audio and video) We ask people if possible to open their video cameras for the session so we can be as responsive as possible in a virtual setting.

1 What’s a podcast and why should you make one? Why is podcasting growing?

2 What are the elements that make a successful podcast? Let’s explore some success stories we can learn from and how they are made.

3 Where should I begin? First five steps to start podcasting. ‘Start Where You Are’, ‘ Get Outside of Your Comfort Zone’ “Start Small & Grow’ ‘ What’s Your Story and who is Your Audience? ‘ ‘Collaborate’

4 How can I make podcasts remotely? (we’ll explore using ZOOM.us itself and using your smart phone as well as hand held audio recorders like the Zoom Hn4 and 5. We’ll also introduce to methods and techniques to get better sound and record locally). We talk sound and how to achieve sound quality remotely. ‘Every person and every place has a sound’.

5 Key tools, techniques and resources to get you up and going from microphone equipment, podcast platforms and basic editing resources. We aim to get you started immediately. We introduce you to all stages; including a brief over-view of audio editing, and provide detailed resources, including a ‘how to’ manual, to guide you after the workshop.) These workshops are small and interactive.

6 Next stages : mapping your podcast strategy and creating a pilot to kick start your podcast idea. We offer you templates, guidance, and show you examples of what others have done who have worked with us and who are successfully podcasting and telling their story.

Several of our recent participants have already launched their own podcasts. We’ll show you how they did it and how you can adapt.

Find out more about us onwww.podcastingireland.ie

Read what our clients and workshop participants say: http://podcastingireland.ie/?page_id=11

and visit our mother ship www.athenamedia.ie


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Do you want to bring your communications online and successfully tell your story through digital and social media? Virtual workshop via Zoom – April 1st


		Digital Storytelling :Telling Your Story Online - Virtual Workshop via Zoom image

A key element of this small workshop will be to look at ways we can enhance your current storytelling and ensure it has more impact. We talk strategy but ultimately we are seeking to help you see your information, your communications as story-led engagements. We give you tips on making better visual content, introduce you to tools and applications which will make your life easier, and your work flow smoother.

In the current remote working environment we’ve adapted to find tools and ways of working which can succeed, and we’re showing you what’s winning with audiences, consumers and the general public in the current climate.


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Key outcomes are to understand the arc of storytelling, narrative techniques, and how to use digital tools and social media to unpack and reveal your story.

We will talk about transmedia, seeing your story beyond medium, and using the toolkit to fit it whether text, pictures, audio, video or a combination of them. We’ll look at how these connect with platforms, with your website and how you can maximise your potential online.

Story is about understanding how you connect more effectively with your audience, how you make trails, teasers or promos which draw your audience in, and how you ensure your content, in whatever form you tell it, delivers for you.


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find out more : Athena Media is a transmedia storytelling – we tell stories and help others tell their story online.

Helen Shaw leads the workshop and is one of Ireland’s most experienced media professionals. She started work as a print journalist with the Irish Times, before moving to RTE Radio as a current affairs producer, she broke ground when she was appointed as Editor Radio Sequences in BBC NI and made history a few years later when she became Head of RTE Radio, the first woman appointed to the board of management of RTE. She oversaw the digital transformation of RTE, Ireland’s public broadcaster, and launched RTE lyric fm. She took up a fellowship at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center in 2002-03 and when she returned to Ireland established Athena Media as a digital media content and consultancy company.

Athena Media is a multi award winning content creator – it recently received its 8th Gold award from the New York Festival Radio Awards for its radio and podcast series wwmothersbloodsistersongs.com and its show Pantisocracy with Panti Bliss was awarded best radio magazine at the Celtic Media Festival in 2018. The company has created radio and TV for RTE, BBC, Newstalk, Setanta Sports and its client list includes OPW, ITMA, Vhi Healthcare, mobile operator 02, UCD, Dublin City Council and Women Mean Business.