‘Telling Your Story Online’ – Virtual Workshop via zoom.us – September 25th

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

Join Athena Media for a three hour workshop exploring digital storytelling and tools to tell your story. TICKETS

In this virtual workshop we help you find your story, create your digital storytelling strategy, identify your audience and begin to shape ways of connecting and communicating with your community, clients and audiences online. This workshop is an ideal sister workshop to our First Steps in Audio Podcasting and gives insights on visual storytelling, video podcasts, how to shape a social media storytelling strategy and how to measure it.

JoinHelen Shaw of Athena Media in this storytelling workshop which is now available as a virtual session via Zoom video conferencing. Numbers are strictly limited and a storytelling guide with suggested tools and resources will be available to each participant at the end of the workshop. We map storytelling tips, techniques and resources for you, showing you audio and video solutions, sharing samples and case studies. An ideal session to transform or re-vamp your online content and storytelling thinking with a particular focus on visual from photography to short form videos. We provide resource materials post the workshop with up to date research, data and tips for your next steps post the group session.

Topics in the workshop include :

  • What’s your story? Unpacking your story and creating a storytelling strategy from your website to social media.
  • Storytelling techniques – the power of ‘the why?’.
  • Storytelling tools from text to pictures, audio to video and how social media can bring success. Finding your best match.
  • Let’s look at how others do it – samples and case studies.
  • Creating your digital storytelling strategy. What’s your story, where’s your audience? What’s your medium and building your storytelling strategy in social media.
  • Finding your audience, connecting and building a relationship of trust.
  • What does success look like? Metrics and measuring success from social media management to understanding how to read and use platform data.

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.

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, including the growth of video conferencing tools like Zoom.us, whatsapp and of course seeing the rise of apps like TikTok.

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

Helen Shaw, leads the workshop, 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.

‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ Virtual Workshop via ZOOM.us – September 18th 2020

Thinking of starting an audio podcast? Try our virtual session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ aimed at those wanting to podcast remotely

Thinking of starting an audio podcast? Curious about how it all works and how you can make it work?

Try our taster session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ which is aimed at beginners and designed to give you an express workshop on podcasting today, including how to podcast remotely using Skype or ZOOM or record using your smart phone. 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 tools, like video conferencing, how to grow your recordings and release as podcasts.

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 Remotely Manual’ is provided at the end of the workshop.

#PANTISOCRACY Back on Air

Lisa Lambe, Panti Bliss, John McLoughlin (guitarist with Lisa Lambe) Mark O’Connell and Cauvery Madhavan. ©John Howard AthenaMedia 2020

What happens when the things you’ve been planning, the projects you have been dreaming of, get postponed, cancelled or become impossible to do? In the first episode of a new season of Pantisocracy, Panti Bliss is hosting a gathering of storytelling and song, with three people who found themselves launching their beloved projects, the results of years of work, in the middle of a global pandemic and lockdown.

With her are writer Mark O’Connell, whose book ‘Notes from An Apocalypse’ – explores our obsession with the end of the world and the Indian-Irish novelist Cauvery Madhavan, whose novel ‘The Tainted is a love story set against the background of the Irish soldiers, serving in India with the British army, who mutinied in 1920. 

Alongside them is singer/actor Lisa Lambe who will be performing from her new album ‘Juniper’ launched in lockdown, after a couple of years of work, and whose plans to perform it were postponed, cancelled and parked.  

Follow us on Instagram @pantisocracyradio

June 2020 Storytelling and Podcasting Workshops

This June we’re continuing our run of interactive online workshops using zoom video conferencing software. These sessions use small class sizes and are very much directed by the needs of the attendees – you’ll finish the session invigorated and prepared for the next phase of your project rather than jaded from another passive webinar. The upcoming dates we have lined up are:

‘Telling Your Story Online’ – Virtual Workshop via zoom.us – Fri 12th Jun 2020 10:00 – 13:00

‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ – Virtual Workshop via zoom.us – Mon 15th June 2020 10:00 – 13:00

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Online Communications Workshops this May & June

Want to enhance your digital communications skills? We’ve new online digital communications workshops in May and June offering short, but highly effective, sessions to give you new ways of thinking digitally about telling your story online, through podcasting (May 15th & June 8th) and digital storytelling (May 29th).


In the ‘Telling Your Story Online’ virtual workshops we help you find your story, create your digital storytelling strategy, identify your audience and begin to shape ways of connecting and communicating with your community, clients and audiences online. We map storytelling tips, techniques and resources for you, showing you audio and video solutions, sharing samples and case studies. An ideal session to transform or re-vamp your online content and storytelling thinking.


The ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ sessions are 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 tools, like video conferencing, how to grow your recordings and release as podcasts.


For more information on these sessions check out our eventbrite profile for our upcoming dates.

Want to tell stories online?

Join Athena Media for a three hour workshop exploring digital storytelling and tools to tell your story.

A new virtual workshop  ‘Telling Your Story Online‘ has been created by Athena Media & Podcasting Ireland to help you tell stories online, using text, pictures, audio or video. This three hour virtual workshop, conducted via Zoom.us aims to enhance your understanding of digital storytelling with strong examples and case studies to give you guidance. The workshop is led by Helen Shaw and John Howard and explores elements of audio and video storytelling online and how social media is an essential part of any storytelling project online. 

TICKETS

Find out more and contact us if you are booking for groups and we can offer a group discounts. Small discounts also available for those in receipt of social welfare payments or working for charities.

In this virtual workshop we help you find your story, create your digital storytelling strategy, identify your audience and begin to shape ways of connecting and communicating with your community, clients and audiences online.

Topics in the workshop include :

  • What’s your story?
  • Storytelling techniques
  • Storytelling tools
  • Let’s look at how others do it
  • Creating your digital storytelling strategy
  • Finding your audience
  • Measuring success

Join Helen Shaw and John Howard of Athena Media in this storytelling workshop which is now available as a virtual session via Zoom video conferencing. Numbers are strictly limited and a storytelling guide with suggested tools and resources will be available to each participant at the end of the workshop.

Eavan Boland Rest in Peace

Quarantine
by Eavan Boland

In the worst hour of the worst season
of the worst year of a whole people
a man set out from the workhouse with his wife.
He was walking — they were both walking — north.

She was sick with famine fever and could not keep up.
He lifted her and put her on his back.
He walked like that west and west and north.
Until at nightfall under freezing stars they arrived.

In the morning they were both found dead.
Of cold. Of hunger. Of the toxins of a whole history.
But her feet were held against his breastbone.
The last heat of his flesh was his last gift to her.

Let no love poem ever come to this threshold.
There is no place here for the inexact
praise of the easy graces and sensuality of the body.
There is only time for this merciless inventory:

Their death together in the winter of 1847.
Also what they suffered. How they lived.
And what there is between a man and woman.
And in which darkness it can best be proved.

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Episode 2 of Women and Words [2008] – Eavan Boland. Eavan Boland was one of Ireland’s finest poets and she is considered to be the pioneer who facilitated women’s stories, both domestic and internal, becoming part of the Irish literary tradition. Eavan shared her journey and poetry and her life now divided between Stanford, and its literary freedom, and her family home and life here in Ireland. In this feature Eavan talked about her work and shares it, while commentators, including Professor Gerardine Meaney of UCD, assess the significance of her stature as a poet and the nature of her work.

Eavan Boland died at her home in Dublin, Ireland Monday 27/04/2020
Producer Helen Shaw, Presenter Kay Sheehy

‘Mother’s Blood, Sister Songs’ takes GOLD in the Culture and Arts category in New York Festival Radio Awards

We spent much of last year on mothersbloodsistersongs.com and it was invested with love, passion, energy and what creative wit and talent that we have. So for our work with Linda Buckley and all of the contributing voices to have been recognised with a Gold award from the New York Festivals Radio Awards is a much appreciated boost during these testing times.

If you’d like to catch up on the series – the two part radio documentary and the sister podcast channel are on the site and all podcast apps.

The award is the 8th Gold for Athena Media radio and podcast productions at the international festival. In 2016 Athena Media also won the overall Grand award for its Kinder Letters history documentary. Its music documentary series Vocal Chords with Iarla Ó Lionáird won a total of 3 Golds for separate episodes and 1 silver, while its previous Gold awards started with the history series Death of an Empire (2012), the history/music series Herosongs (2015) and the Irish social history series Citizens:Lockout 1913-2013 (2014), Athena Media has also won two silvers and a bronze for other productions, as well as many finalist awards across the decade.

The New York Festival Radio Awards is judged by audio and radio production peers in the global industry, previous Gold winners are invited to become part of the international jury.

Helen Shaw, Podcasting Ireland & Athena Media’s director & producer, has been an international juror since 2013, obviously jurors can not vote on their own entries and are invited to vote on entries from across the world. Over 30 countries participate in the New York Radio Festival and this year in 2020 the event was held virtually with awards released online and via social media due to #covid19.

New Online Podcasting Workshop date – May 15th via zoom.us

Thinking of starting an audio podcast? Try our taster session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting‘ aimed at beginner podcasters

TICKETS

Thinking of starting an audio podcast? Curious about how it all works and how you can make it work?

Try our taster session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ which is aimed at beginners and designed to give you an express workshop on podcasting today, including how to podcast remotely using Skype or ZOOM. Given the current crisis a donation to the Feed the Heroes initiative will be made,by the organisers , following the workshop, to show solidarity with healthcare workers.

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 tools, like video conferencing, how to grow your recordings and release as podcasts.

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 Remotely Manual’ is provided at the end of the workshop.

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

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

3 Where should I begin? First five steps to start podcasting.

Key tools, tips and resources to get going from equipment, podcast platforms and editing and how to start podcasting immediately.

5 Next stages – mapping your podcast strategy and creating a pilot to kick start your podcast idea.

Online Podcasting Workshop this April 29th via zoom.us

Thinking of starting an audio podcast? Try our taster session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting‘ aimed at beginner podcasters

TICKETS

Thinking of starting an audio podcast? Curious about how it all works and how you can make it work?

Try our taster session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ which is aimed at beginners and designed to give you an express workshop on podcasting today, including how to podcast remotely using Skype or ZOOM. Given the current crisis a donation to the Feed the Heroes initiative will be made,by the organisers , following the workshop, to show solidarity with healthcare workers.

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 tools, like video conferencing, how to grow your recordings and release as podcasts.

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.

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

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

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

3 Where should I begin? First five steps to start podcasting.

Key tools, tips and resources to get going from equipment, podcast platforms and editing and how to start podcasting immediately.

5 Next stages – mapping your podcast strategy and creating a pilot to kick start your podcast idea.