Podcast comes from “Pod” and “broadcast” and is a type of digital media consisting of audio radio, video, PDF, or electronic publication (ePub) files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device.
Listen to some Science Podcasts
Each week Nature publishes a free audio show which highlights content from the week's edition of Nature including interviews with the people behind the science, and in-depth commentary and analysis from journalists covering science around the world.
The European Food Information Council (EUFIC) provides science-based information to the public, the media and health professionals on food safety, food quality, health and nutrition. Podcasts are an important medium used by EUFIC to disseminate information.
Advantages of Podcasts
- Podcasts can be listened to in a variety of settings, which encourage people to access this channel.
- Partners can also easily and cost-effectively create accounts on a number of available sites to produce, upload and share images.
Disadvantages of Podcasts
- As content creation continues to improve on social media channels and on the internet as a whole, the need for fresh graphics and engaging content also increases.
- Users of these channels can become dependent on communicating a message rather than becoming involved in a two-way communication. Podcasts in particular do not allow interactivity and audience participation.
- Limited usefulness for hearing impaired people unless text versions are provided.