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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23
OCT

Who is Who - Pilot

Show Description
Who is Who? It is a podcast designed to spark thoughts and conversations around masculinity and femininity in society and the transitions of these phenomena throughout the years. Proudly brought to you by the second-year Journalism and Media Studies podcasting class from Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape, this podcast explores social expectations on what it means to be a man or a woman in relationships, workplaces, churches, positions of power, etc. have shifted over the years. Furthermore, we discuss the world’s mixed views on these phenomena, with the idea of unpacking the differences and similarities between the man and the woman by concentrating on the term masculinity and femininity. This podcast aims to have action-oriented discussions with a “make something happen” attitude, taking the initiative and problem-solving energy to unpack masculinity and femininity.

Show Notes
In this pilot episode of Who is Who? We unpack the social expectations of what it means to be a man or a woman in relationships—exploring how these expectations have shifted over the years. Relationships are no longer based on traditional heterosexual norms and gender roles but instead see the infusion of individualism. People have become more fluid in how they act or expect their partners to act in relationships. Our host, Tumiso Maseng, takes us through this game of dating. She introduces us to Nosipho Hlophe, who tackled the topic of the approach game in dating. Then we hear different views and opinions on dating and what traits people look for in a relationship from different people interviewed by Tatenda Mutungwa. We also hear from Tumiso Maseng, who spoke to people from different age groups about their opinion of traditional gender roles. Closing of the first-ever episode of Who is Who? Is Aphiwe Thamba, who spoke to Princess Sathegke about what it feels like to be a woman who doesn't conform to societal standards.
23
OCT

Misconceptions - Pilot

Welcome to the Misconceptions podcast's debut episode. The main goal of this podcast is to expose and dispel widespread myths in the culture we live in today. These beliefs may or may not be the consequence of ignorance but rather of a worldview that reinforces a particular misconception and discourages the consideration of opposing viewpoints that would undermine it. The JMS 2 Podcasting group, led by Simphiwe Mhlongo, conducted interviews for today's episode, in which the contributors discussed common misconceptions about relationships. Different backgrounds for these thoughts and beliefs are presented by our presenter, Nthabiseng Mokonyane.
Before we start the show, a big thank you and appreciation to the production team that made this show happen today. May this serve as the beginning of many more wonderful things.
21
OCT

Things We Don't Talk About - Pilot

Show description:
Things we don’t discuss is a podcast that brings forth topics perceived as taboo. Its focus is to dismantle controversial themes one conversation at a time. This podcast is created by a second-year podcasting group of students from Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape; who challenge the rules of society. As a group of creatives, we understand that all good or bad stories deserve to be told. When stories are told in their original raw state, a shift occurs in society. This podcast is home to the brave and opinion spitter(s) who are not afraid to say what’s on their mind, from students who have a lot on their chest to professionals with theoretical views. Despite its forward heart-racing angle, the podcast is a platform created to teach. Each episode will unpack and tell controversial topics while highlighting their authentic truth.

Show notes
In this episode, we listen to students’ and interviewees’ thoughts about Lobola, surrounding the question; can women propose? Our host Fari Dangwa, introduces us to Dinning hall workers Xoliswa Hoyi, Ntombovuyo Zweni, and Trevor Mame. We also hear from Sinazo Kos, a JMS4 student, who shares her opinion about the topic. The first part touches on the question, “should women propose”. In the second part, Sinazo Kos shares her personal experiences as a new bride. The third conversation focuses on the JMS2 students, Zintle, Luviwe and Olwethu, sharing their reflections on their research.
21
OCT

The Search Bar - Pilot

As you will know, this podcast focuses on giving academic insight to students all over South Africa, from matric to higher education. This episode consists of four segments: a vox pop, an audio talk, and two narrated interviews. The stories are all produced by the JMS 2, 2022 class, where they gathered various stories ranging from academic insight, careers and degrees, as well as student lifestyle. Our host Sinalo Zwelibanzi provides background to the stories so that you, the audience, can get a little bit of context behind (the people whose stories will be chosen).
21
OCT

RU Shap? - Pilot

Show description:
The RU Shap? podcast is proudly brought to you by the Journalism and Media Studies 2 class of 2022. The podcast focuses on Rhodes University students and their mental and physical journeys to the small town of Makhanda. We discuss various topics, such as how they ended up at the university, how they adjusted, and how they find life here compared to back home.
Pilot episode:
In this pilot episode of RU Shap?, hosted by Siboniso Ngwane, we interviewed a few Rhodes University students on their road to Rhodes and the various changes they endured when travelling on this road. The first topic of discussion in this podcast focuses on how students ended up studying at Rhodes. We are introduced to Sisipho and discover that Rhodes is not the only option on the table. Then we hear from Sheba how her application to Rhodes was about being closer to home. Concluding the first discussion is Lunathi, who discusses her absolute love for Grahamstown and Rhodes University. Our second topic of discussion centres on the changes students had to endure. Here, Mpho talks about how she handled the changes. We also hear from Sinatho, who explains how shocking the transition was for her because she comes from a big city. We end the podcast with one last topic of discussion, focusing on certain expectations students might have had when coming to Grahamstown. Our last interviewee is Luphelo, who listed the hopes she had before coming to Grahamstown.
21
OCT

RUAdulting - Pilot

Show description
The themes of the podcast entail the transition and changes in which we make as individuals when we leave the comfort of our parent's home and make the change to come to an institution such as Rhodes University. Overall, the podcast will cover various themes of adulthood, beginning with the transition to this life milestone. This podcast aims to share and reflect on other people's experiences facing this time in their lives.

Show Notes
Welcome to the first episode of RuAdulting, a podcast series that discusses the ups and downs of adulting as a Rhodes University student. In this episode hosted by Siphesihle Sibaya and Lesego Phale, we discuss the transition from high school to university and the kind of independence that comes from the different living spaces students find themselves in. From off-campus students to students living in residence, we find out the pros, cons and necessary tips for these different spaces.
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.

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