Virtual Workshops – We provide online, interactive workshop sessions in addition to our in-person dates.

We use video conferencing platform to deliver a variety of workshops in podcasting and online storytelling.

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

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. 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 and also to Women’s Aid & Alone to reflect the pressure on their vital services. We offer small discounts for those on #covid19 welfare payments, or any welfare payments, those unemployed or unable to work, including students – just message us and we’ll come back to you.

This three hour virtual workshop 10:00 – 13:00, 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:

1 What’s a podcast and why should you make one?

What are the elements that make a successful podcast?

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 start podcasting

5 Next stages – mapping your podcast strategy

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.

Helen Shaw, lead in 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 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.