Media Making

This resource guide includes a range of media sources that can be included in presentations, tools for making and hosting your own media, and info on digital rights

Find Podcasts

Consider a podcast

Looking for inspiration or models? Try these podcast collections.

Podcasting & Oral History Resources

Doing Oral History


Doing Oral History is considered the premier guidebook to oral history, used by professional oral historians, public historians, archivists, and genealogists as a core text in college courses and throughout the public history community. 

So You Want to Start a Podcast

Main Collection

Call Number: 070.57973 M514s 2019

Comprehensive, step-by-step guide to creating a hit show, So You Want to Start a Podcast covers everything from hosting and guest booking to editing and marketing - while offering plenty of encouragement and insider stories along the way.

Sound Reporting

Main Collection

Call Number: 070.43 K39s 2008

A guide to radio journalism and production, and features information, anecdotes, and advice from National Public Radio journalists, and covers ethics, writing for broadcast, field producing, reading on the air, program editing, studio directing, and other related topics

Recording Oral History

Main Collection and eBook

Call Number: 907.2 Y83r 2005

A comprehensive guide to oral history for researchers and students in diverse fields including history, sociology, anthropology, education, psychology, social work, and ethnographic methods.

The Book of Audacity: Record, Edit, Mix and Master with the Free Audio Editor


This book is the definitive guide to Audacity, the powerful, free, cross-platform audio editor that transforms any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer into a powerful recording studio.

What Can You Do?

Audio resources

Use the tools on this page to help you create, edit, and share audio recordings. 

You can create audio recordings of interviews, conversations, debates, soundscapes, narration, and more.

Reviewing some examples

Check out these amazing audio projects to get a sense of the power of this medium.

Youth Radio

Founded in 1993 in Berkeley during a period of heightened youth violence and homicide, Youth Radio was established as an outlet for Bay Area youth to process their experiences and provide an alternative perspective to the prevailing media dialogue. Youth Radio operates bureaus in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. You can listen to Youth Radio podcasts on NPR. 

Here is one example: "Do Parents Really Know What Their Kids Are Eating?" (linked below)


StoryCorps is a traveling project to capture the American experience one story at a time. 

The StoryCorps Help Center provides assistance to those looking to record their own oral histories including recording opportunities and technical help.

More on oral histories

Oral History in the Digital Age connects you to the latest information on digital technologies pertaining to all phases of the oral history process.

The UW's Oral History website has a useful list of sites and books that provide information on how to do an oral history interview including techniques, equipment and transcribing interviews.

Find Alternative Radio

Consider radio

A weekly one–hour public affairs program providing information, analyses and views frequently ignored by other media.

This list represents just a few local or locally aired examples. 

Audio Recording/Editing Tools

On Campus Computers:

Adobe Audition logo

Did you know you can access Adobe Audition on the computers here on campus? Audtion is the audio editing software found in Adobe's Creative Cloud. 

In the Digital Media Lab:

Adobe Audition logo Garageband logo
Adobe Audition Garage Band

Additional Audio Options:


Free, open-source, cross-platform audio software. Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.

Sound Recorder

Sound Recorder (known as Voice Recorder in Windows 10) is an audio recording program included in most versions of the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems.


GarageBand is Apple's consumer-level audio editing application. This is a powerful application at any price, but this application is included free on all OS X Macs.  With a little effort, you can create your own compositions using GarageBand, but it is exceptionally suited to creating very slick podcasts combining sound clips and voice recordings.

Audio Recording/Editing Tutorials