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

All of our workshops are listed on our Eventbrite profile.

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

Make Better Podcasts – Intermediate Podcasting Workshop

Want to learn how to improve your podcast and take it to the next level? 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. Eventbrite listing.

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.


First Steps in Audio Podcasting – Virtual Workshop

Try our taster sessionFirst Steps in Audio Podcastingwhich 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


Podcasting is something we’ve been considering for a while but had put on the backburner as we simply didn’t know where to start!  The beginners workshop with Helen & John was just what we needed. 

They took us through the whole process of recording, editing & publishing in simple, clear and concise steps.  Every one of our group left feeling excited to get started and confident that we have the knowledge to bring our ideas to fruition.

Karen Mc Cague, Executive Librarian, Monaghan County Libraries  

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 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.