Join the PGR Cast team
The team at the PGR Cast are looking to recruit more volunteers - we've recently been overwhelmed by requests to appear on the show, and we're struggling to keep up with the demand. Please read on if you'd be interested in committing 2-6 hours a month in exchange for some podcasting experience and a cool addition to your CV.
- The PGR Cast is a podcast run by PGRs at the University of Bristol, that aims to give listeners a taste of the diverse lives of postgraduate researchers.
- We typically release one episode per month, however we would like to move to fortnightly releases in order to keep up with recent demand.
- Last month, we had about 200-250 listeners, mostly from outside of Bristol.
- Most episodes are a freeform interview with two hosts (from the PGR Cast team) and one guest (someone with knowledge of the episode's topic, normally a current or former PGR). You can get a feel for it by listening to any of the episodes on Soundcloud, Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
- The topics covered by the podcast are pretty diverse - basically anything that we can loosely link to life as a PGR, be that something that you do for your career, or something that you do to survive. For instance, our most recent episodes cover self-care advice (December 2022), PGR Rep roles (January 2023), starting a business (February 2023) and a PGR's guide to RPGs (a.k.a. Dungeons & Dragons & Research) (March 2023).
- We have support from the Bristol Doctoral College, but no official affiliation with the University.
What roles are we interested in?
The role we are most in need of is one or more promoters. Some possible tasks for promoters could be:
- Email the BDC to get the latest podcast added to their news bulletins.
- Come down to podcast recordings (PGR Hub) and take some pictures or video clips for social media.
- Post on Twitter when a new podcast is released (currently once per month).
- Make 1-4 short clips (15s to 60s long) from our podcast recordings (we're happy to train people in ClipChamp, Inkscape or iMovie).
- Post said clips online (Twitter, YouTube shorts, TikTok) the week before and after a podcast release in order to generate more traffic to our podcast.
- Contribute ideas to help promote the podcast further.
- If we get enough help, then maybe to set up a simple website on SquareSpace or something similar.
- Edit and mix the podcast (remove interruptions, add music, adjust levels if necessary). Again, training will be available.
- Align audio recordings with footage (if available) for the creation of promotional material.
- Help create short clips for promotion (see above).
- Keeps track of upcoming podcasts and who is responsible for making them happen.
- Monitors our inbox for communications with the BDC.
- Emails potential future guests and arranges interviews.
- Email the BDC to get the latest podcast added to their news bulletins (shared with promoter).
- Make notes in meetings (I've found this is better for keeping track of what's been said and what needs to be done than chairing).
It's also worth noting that every team member gets an equal say in our weekly meetings, and can give suggestions for future episodes/guests. We also give every team member the option to come up with questions for upcoming interviews, even if the bulk of the work is usually done by the hosts.