By: Meredith Erikson
It’s very rare for me to not be in the mood to listen to music. Music is one of my favorite things in this world. Yet just like everyone else, I have those days where I feel like I just have to change it up. My favorite alternative choice for music is a podcast. Whether I’m doing the bicycle at the gym or driving long distances, podcasts are a refreshing change of tone. I find them to be so informative and eye-opening. The iPhone conveniently comes with a free podcast app and even free podcasts to subscribe to. My personal favorite is “WTF with Marc Maron” because I can listen to the perspectives of the celebrities that I admire. I love getting a chance to hear their stories and understand the real side of them, apart from their celebrity persona.
After reading an article on “PR Daily” called “15 outstanding podcasts for writers” I began subscribing to them all. Since day one of my Public Relations courses, I have been taught that writing is the most important skill I will need to have. Not only in the PR and journalism field, but for any job I may have. A great professor of mine told me that the only way I’ll ever get better at writing is to write every single day. So by learning from the helpful writing tips in my new podcasts and writing my blogs, I think I’ll be on the path to improvement.
The writing podcast I found to be most educative from the list was NPR’s “A Way with Words.” Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett host the show who talk with callers around the world about slang, grammar, old sayings, speaking and writing well. They also make it fun by playing word games with language professionals. I enjoy this one because it’s so broad and covers all areas of language. The hosts take caller’s questions about anything that has to do with language and explain the origin of their question and proceed to give great advice on how to use that expression or phrase they ask about in the best way. These conversations give me great brainstorming material for my writing and I believe every aspiring PR professional should take a listen. Other useful podcasts I tuned in to were “Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing” and “Beyond your Blog.” To find other writing podcasts check out PR Daily’s list of “15 outstanding podcasts for writers.”
A Way with Words, public radio’s lively show about words and language and how we use them. (n.d.). Retrieved January 29, 2016, from http://www.waywordradio.org/
- B. (2016, January 27). 15 outstanding podcasts for writers. Retrieved January 29, 2016, from http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/20041.aspx