5. Planning and structure

My podcast to explore police brutality in the UK. Tiffany was the Editorial Manager. We The Police is an  investigation style podcast chunked down into different episodes making it easier for listeners to digest.

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Lewis says “Scripting ensures that you’ll get the message exactly right, often to precise timing, which is crucial” (Lewis: Online). In preparing all the interviews, cues and audio meant recording and editing of my production was efficient. unlike video, i  would write my cues and scrip to speak. This will keep my listeners engaged and compelled  without  getting bored.

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Podcast i looked at: 

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BBC investigation style podcast
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Serial: A popular american podcast based on a high street murder. Over 40 million downloads and top ten in iTunes podcast Store.

“it’s the combination of excellent scoring and even better scripting that makes serial so absorbing- sophisticated, emotionally charged” (Green, 2015: 106). We The Police will be scripted, like serial to make it absorbing and emotionally charged.

However, whereas  serial conducts series of phone interviews, My podcast will have a mix of location and studio interviews.

I will add background noise and different sound to allow my listeners to build a visual narrative. These will include police sirens and ambient sound.


I looked the OFCOM broadcasting code to make editorial decisions for my radio/ audio package.

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(OFCOM: online)  An issue which arouse whilst filming was the use of offensive language. To avoid this i would edit out or distort audio or broadcast my podcast after the watershed.
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(Ofcom, online)

The police officer i interviewed wanted to remain anonymous as he risked losing his job. Our Editorial decision was not to reveal his identity as part of the BBC Editorial Guidelines.



Green, B. (2015). Podcast Master: your short guide to broadcasting online. 1st ed. Canelo, p.106.

BBC. (2017). Editorial guidelines.[Online] [Accessed on 16th March 2017] http://www.bbc.co.uk/editorialguidelines/

Lewis, DJ.(2013) Should you script, ad-lib, or outline your podcast episodes? – TAP146. [Online][Accessed on 16th March 2017] https://theaudacitytopodcast.com/should-you-script-ad-lib-or-outline-your-podcast-episodes-tap146/

Ofcom. (2013). The Ofcom broadcasting code: Incorporating the Cross-promotion Code. Ofcom.[Online] [Accessed on 16th March 2017] https://www.ofcom.org.uk/tv-radio-and-on-demand/broadcast-codes/broadcast-code




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