Audio Documentaries

Audio resources produced by the organization may be created as simply as recording a presentation. More complex production may involve digitizing taped interviews and combining them with scripted audio file commentaries.

Hosting a streaming media server is one option for delivery, but firewall restrictions may prevent external access. As mentioned before, innovative thinking has lead to many audio files being hosted on YouTube, by adding a single image or series of transitioned images to a video timeline and rendering the audio and images to a video file. These videos can then be uploaded, as long as they are less than 10 minutes or 100MB in files size. End users can use free tools from to capture the audio from the video and store as mp3. Due to the popularity of YouTube, a much broader audience is likely to be reached using this platform.

Media files stored on a website can also be configured for subscribers to receive via podcasting or media RSS feeds. Subscribers will automatically receive new content as it is added to the feed.

Worldspace is another platform which can be used for delivering media to a “no internet” audience. The space is expensive and collaborating with partners who already subscribe to bandwidth, perhaps by offering free content to their audience, may be an option. It is also worth piggybacking other existing programmes, such as rural radio content services, for delivery of media.

CDs or DVDs could also be produced, including a series of audio documentaries, but also remember to share information on the website of how to acquire these products. Discs can be offered royalty free to small radio stations desperate for legal content to air, so insure that meta-tags, used by search engines for indexing web pages, rank your web resources well in relevant searches.