For all our talk about the open nature of podcasting, our content remains closed off to far too many. But with planning, easy-to-use services, and commitment, you can better reach an eager audience.
Legally-mandated closed captioning - not transcripts - may soon be coming to podcasting. The technology to enable this already exists. And it might usher in a re-imagining of what we used to call enhanced podcasts.
No, you do not have to compromise your artistic vision when making your podcast’s audio files accessible for those with hearing loss. Today: tips from professional audio engineers that show you exactly how to get it right on every episode of your show.
To make a podcast accessible to those with hearing loss, you need to make some adjustments. Nothing crazy, but re-examining the equipment and your recording environment can help ensure you’re making accessible content.
Transcripts for podcasting is a hot button topic. But if we want to make sure our content is accessible to every listener - even those with hearing loss - it shouldn't be. So get off the “transcripts for SEO” kick and make a transcript for the right reason.
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Accessibility is important. And that means more than just making transcripts for the deaf. It means having a good sound mix for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. It means ensuring all elements of your podcast's website works for the visually impaired. In short, it means caring about your entire audience. Not just the able-bodied ones.