October  2006      Vol. 15, No. 9  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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University Classes on “Podcasting”

Real live, up-to-date information brought to you through the media of your choice – your computer, your car, or your MP3 Player – podcasting. By definition podcasting is a method of distributing audio and video files over the Internet for playback on computers or portable devices.

Podcasting is not a replacement for radio. It is a new method of providing information which allows listeners to subscribe to programs, have them delivered automatically to their computers and transferred to the player of their choice.
Currently, podcasting is experiencing tremendous growth and is being used to promote tourism, travel, recreation, historic sites, and other activities. Many communities are creating downtown walking tours and driving tours of their historic areas. Instead of just handing out a map or brochure of the area – why not download an audio version and listen to history come to life.
Opportunities are endless as communities and businesses find new methods of marketing. This area is wide open for creative minds.
University of Nebraska Extension Information Technology Educators are bringing Podcasting Across Nebraska to Valentine and Ainsworth. They will show people how to create and publish a podcast for the community, a business, or school. During the sessions participants will learn the steps to create their own podcast. Classes will be held in the Nebraska BIT Mobile.

Class locations and dates in October and November include:

  • Valentine - Oct. 5, 12, 26, and Nov. 2, 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.

  • Ainsworth - Oct. 6, 13, 27, and Nov. 3, 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.

Having creative content and quality photos is the key to producing a well done podcast. Through the four-week program, students will learn what other communities are doing, create their own storyboard, and produce and publish their podcast.

Cost of the Podcast Across Nebraska class is $29.00. For information on the sessions in Valentine and Ainsworth, call Jay Jenkins, Cherry County Extension Office in Valentine at 402.376.1850 or Kristin Simonson, North Central Development Center in Ainsworth at 402.387.2740.

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