Colleges and universities have included podcast-aim courses in their academic activities. One of the first schools to cultivate this act is the New York University (NYU). The university partnered with Spotify this winter to offer a three-week intensive course on podcasts.
Holt, the one in charge of Spotify Studios, explained that the company recognized a gap during the hiring process. He also added that the main challenge becomes selecting people from different disciplines and getting them to understand how to work with audio, or vice versa.
“When I was going through my education, the best part of any class is the guest speakers who have an experience that you can learn from,” Holt said. “So I was like ‘how do I bring experienced people together with students who are interested in the media?’”
The goal of the course was to help students refine an initial idea for a show and craft an effective pitch for it. The students were required to submit a proposal before the first class.
“We want to have more of a presence in podcasting,” said Antonio Merlo, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at NYU. “One thing that was very clear is that if you look at the roster and the set of people who came in as guest lecturers, this is a rarity.”
“The vision we have is a world where NYU, in partnership with Spotify, would be able to offer a certificate in podcasting,” he explained. “We would add a sequence of three courses with an overview of aspects of the industry and more in-depth courses.”
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