I am to be the Emerging Communications Chair Director on our FPRA chapter's board next year. It will be a new position and as such, I am setting up the department and systems. Emerging Communications rests on Social Media or Web 2.0 and is all about using communications to create community and nurture interaction between members.
The current interactive community forums are blogs and podcasts - and I will set up both for the chapter. Since I have kept my own professional blog for some time and am familiar with blog set up and usage, I know I need to research podcasting.
This is how I want to try out using a podcast:
1. Record our professional development speakers; archive them.
2. Interview speakers prior to an event and send out a 30-60 sec promo.
3. Interview leaders in the profession and chapter members on current topics and keep on our website.
People research differently. While many people go immediately to cyberspace, I tend to start by talking to one or two people I consider more knowledgeable than myself.
So I went to GravityFree, a local firm that designs serious websites. The GF tech tells me I need a digital recording device, the ability to edit the recording and I need to be able to convert the audio recording to an MP3 file.
I have a Sony ICD-ST10 - I bought it 3 years ago for $149. It's been great but when I send him an audio file from my recorder, he can't open it - it isn't able to convert the files to an MP3 format. However, the tech says prices have dropped and I can find a usable recording device nowadays for around $50.
Next step: Check out digital recording devices.