How to Pitch a Podcast in a Pandemic

How to Pitch a Podcast in a Pandemic (HTPPP) is a think tank for dreaming up ideas for podcasts, based at the School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) in Makhanda, South Africa. The podcast started in 2021 when a group of senior JMS students decided that it was time to convince the school to begin producing its own podcasts. Even if it was the middle of a pandemic. They recorded the journey of pitching the podcast to the school and captured this in the first season of HTPPP. In 2022, students in the school’s second-year program are again pitching podcast ideas. For Season Two of HTPPP, they produced a whole series of pilots, each dealing with a different podcast concept. Because even if Covid 19 is not yet done with us, life continues.

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06
JUN

Bridging the Gap - Pilot

In this episode, we look at the challenges Rhodes University students face in their transition from high school to university. We speak to extended studies programme’s lecturer, Corrine Knowles, who works in the humanities department for the extended studies programme. She details what the extended studies is about, how it helps students and what more needs to be done for students in the South African education system.
06
JUN

Rhodent Rotary - Pilot

In this episode, Mihle Mdashe welcomes us to the first episode of Rhodent Rotary. A podcast made for Rhodes students by Rhodes students, Giving students a peek into what Rhodes is all about. Mihle takes us on this journey to unpack and earn more about life as a student. Abigail Van der Hoven sets a scene from where these stories will be coming from. She connects us to the Town of Makhanda and what it is made of, asking students about their experiences at Rhodes University. We then dive deeps into the meaning of the saying "Rhodes pushes you to the edge" as she unpacks how the university can negatively affect one's health by looking at Rhode's mental health, mainly what causes and affects students and their mental health. Mihle Mdashe and Kambalethu Ntsomi then take us through the drinking culture at Rhodes University, digging deeper into why students choose to drink and how often they do, uncovering the underbelly of alcohol consumption for many students. Finally, we get to hear and feel the thoughts and feelings of various students about studying at Rhodes University.
06
JUN

The Art of Making Art - Pilot

In the pilot episode of The Art of Making Art the host Luphelo, a second-year podcasting student from Rhodes University introduces the audience to the concept of the podcast. As well as the features highlighted in the episode mainly a voxpop complied by her tutor group of clichéd definitions art, a discussion between the team themselves about why they wanted and how they wanted to redefine art and an interview with an anonymous student about how art can be political in nature. The episode is a starting point to compare and contrast different views on art and how it can sometimes be used in ways that doesn’t uplift humanity. The primary way that this can be seen is between the voxpop that was used and the discussion between the team. As the team ends up contradicting many of the statements made in the earlier voxpop. So, the pilot episode of The Art of Making Art was a jumping off point to show its audience what direction the podcast wanted to take and how they were tackling the topic of redefining art as a whole.
06
JUN

RU Lifestyle - Pilot

Siya Hlebani hosts the first episode on RULifestyle. Siya narrates and explains this episode that focuses more on relationships at Rhodes University. He introduces us to features about relationship dynamics and the meaning of friends. In this feature, we dive in exceptionally on types of friendships and the need thereof. Mr Hlebani then leads us to our second feature. We hear stories about a good experience and happy memory between best friends and the unfortunate reality many face while dating at Rhodes. The episode comes to an end with various opinions from Rhodents about dating on their campus and how they rate each side of the spectrum based on their experience.
06
JUN

Multifaceted - Pilot

Title: Voices of the Youth - Past and Present
Show notes: In this episode, we discuss the answer to one very important question: what is the purpose of the youth? Speaking to the youth of today, the youth of yesterday and those in the middle, we hear what it means to be part of the youth in an ever-changing environment.

Multifaceted
Show description: Multifaceted is a podcast that seeks to find answers to questions that pertain to the youth. Due to the diverse socio-economic climate we live in, we all find ourselves experiencing things differently. Because of this, we all have different perspectives. Multifaceted aims to explore these perspectives under one overarching theme: the youth.
06
JUN

Chasing Health - Pilot

Welcome to the very first episode of Chasing Health 101. In this podcast, the main objective is to recognize all kinds of health issues ranging from physical to mental health, but we also pursue ways of coping and maintaining one’s well-being. In today’s episode, we observe how people perceive health, receive the opinion of a psychologist about how we should be maintaining our health, and lastly, we hear two stories that address the issues of eating disorders and body positivity struggles.
14
NOV
2021

EP 1: Africa Media Review - The Pilot

The first episode of Africa Media Review is here! In this episode, host and journalist Steven Lang connect us with media teachers, theorists, and practitioners from around South Africa. My Only Story is making headlines and uncovering ugly truths about sexual violence in several prominent South African schools. Sibusisiwe Kumbaca and Yandiswa Calane are in conversation with My Only Story associate producer Nokuthula Manyathi about the podcast. Then we are on home ground here in Makhanda, where Garfield Khanyile facilitated the conversation between two Rhodes School Journalism and Media Studies lecturers Taryn Isaacs de Vega and Dr Priscilla Boshoff. They talk about Priscilla’s hot press paper ‘Ben 10s, Sugar Mummies and the South African Gender Order’. Onto some pandemic news. South Africa went ahead with the local government elections on 1 November 2021. A free press is central to democracy, so Sakhe Tsoni and Zisanda Solwandle spoke to journalists Redi Thlabi and Raymond Joseph about the 2021 local elections. Then wrapping up, still with media coverage, the media is our primary source of legitimate and accurate Covid-19 pandemic-related news. Nwabisa Nkani and Noxolo Manyati spoke to Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism journalists Mohale Moloi and Aisha Abdool Karim about the role of the media in the pandemic.
14
NOV
2021

EP 5: THE PITCH

After grappling with the ‘a podcast of a podcast’ concept, the team has a concrete plan! In this episode, Yandiswa Calane and Noxolo Manyati introduce us to the team pitching the podcast idea to Rhodes Journalism Review (RJR) editor, Prof Anthea Garman, acting head of the school Dr Jeanne du Toit, and third and fourth-year audio journalism lecturer Steven Lang. Some other members present were the third-year audio class who hope to produce the podcast in 2022. Zisanda Solwandle and Garfield Khanyile share why the team settled on Africa Media Review and why Rhodes Journalism and Media Studies should be producing a podcast. Then, each team member commented on the content they produced. Noxolo Manyati, who co-produced the jingle with Yandiswa Calane for the Africa Media Review (AMR) podcast, gives insight into the inspiration behind the jingle and how it fits into the cover art and theme of the podcast. Sibusisiwe Kumbaca introduces Steven Lang, who hosted the pilot Episode of AMR, and gives a pen sketch of the hosts hosting the podcast. Then onto content. Garfield Khanyile explains Dr Priscilla Boshoff’s hot press paper and describes the model behind having a Rhodes JMS staff member interview Boshoff. Sakhe Tshoni gives insights on some of the lessons and approaches journalists Redi Thlabi and Raymond Joseph. Then, Nwabisa Nkani shares insights and more story inspirations other science-related stories the next team can cover from her conversations with Aisha Abdool Karim and Mohale Moloi. Prof Garman, Dr du Toit, Steven, and the third-year class sing the praises of these producers. It seems like they are onto something big!
13
NOV
2021

EP 4: WORKING ON THE PILOT

We are getting closer to the pilot episode the team has been working on! In this fourth episode, Sibusisiwe Kumbaca and Sakhe Tshoni connect us with the team, where we hear how they are making final decisions about stories they would like to include in the podcast. The team has now settled on naming the media review podcast: Africa Media Review. We hear the team meeting for the first time to talk about content for the pilot of Africa Media Review. My only story is a hot topic in Makhanda and South Africa. Each team member is tasked to listen to an episode of My Only Story, while Sibusisiwe Kumbaca and Yandiswa Calane agree that they will be producing a feature on this groundbreaking podcast for Africa Media Review. As for the rest of the team: Garfield Khanyile looks at an interesting and hot off the press paper on the media and the gender order. Sakhe Tshoni and Zisanda Solwandle look at the relationship between the media and the local government elections. Lastly, Noxolo Manyati and Nwabisa Nkani look at the importance of the media in the pandemic. We get the scope of what goes into making these exciting stories
18
OCT
2021

EP 3: LIVING UP TO A LEGACY

In episode three of HTPPP, the team is trying to make sense of what it means to be producing a podcast in the spirit of Rhodes Journalism Review. They connect with the editor of RJR, Prof Anthea Garman, and Brian Garman, a designer of the RJR. They ask: what would an audio version of RJR sound like? What would be the equivalent of RJR’s innovative visual presentation? Then, in the spirit of living up to a legacy, the class speaks to journalist, audio storyteller, and team member of the HTPPP, Steven Lang, who shares his hopes of what a audio version of RJR would sound like.
27
SEP
2021

EP 2: IN SEARCH OF AFRICAN STORYTELLERS

In this second episode of #HTPPP we are back at the School of #JMS at #RhodesUniversity to continue searching for #Africanstorytellers. Our lecturer Jeanne du Toit takes us through the history of podcasting. It does not end there; Sibusisiwe, Sakhe, and Zisanda embark on a journey of discovery, in search of #audiostorytellers who are telling #SouthAfricanstories. They interview some of the pioneers of podcasting in the South African podcasting universe: #JayneMorgan, #SimmiAriff, #NickGrubb, #RasmusBitsch and #ElnaSchutz.
20
SEP
2021

EP 1: WHY ARE WE DOING A PODCAST ABOUT A PODCAST PITCH?

In the first episode, the HTPPP team meet for the first time. They do this remotely, via Zoom. We hear their teachers, Steven and Jeanne, explain that the class will pitch and idea for a podcast to the school’s leadership. On top of this, their job is to make a podcast about their attempt to convince the school. After class, the students start asking the hard questions. Do people in South Africa really care about podcasts? And how can it make sense to produce a podcast about a podcast? We listen as Sakhe, Zisanda, Noxolo, Yandiswa, Sibu, Garfield and Nwabisa talk this through amongst each other and with their friends. Slowly, a vision begins to emerge

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