How we created a multilingual podcast between Africa and Europe without getting on an airplane

Peya, Lillo, Marta, Arwa and Naira: the team behind the podcast Cry Like a Boy

1 — Choose a production house that is not too big, or too small, but fits your needs.

2 — Think about a strong graphic identity for your podcast.

3 — Collaborate with local journalists, and choose them wisely.

Pascalinah Kabi, investigative journalist from Lesotho, interviewing a Thaba-Tseka woman whose children died in the illegal mines in South Africa. This is the topic explored in Cry Like a Boy — Ep. 9 and 10

4 — Plan ahead: it takes months to pull off a good quality 15 min documentary podcast.

5 — Strive for uniformity.

6 — Write guidelines for the people recording in the field.

An example of the technical guidelines (in French) we shared with journalists and fixers on the ground

7 — Never go out in the field without a pre-script.

Our pre-script for the first episode of the podcast, set in Burundi

8 — Find a way to organize your team.

9 — Learn how to use online tools to help you.

10 — Dubbing a documentary podcast can be crazy. Make sure to plan in advance.

11 — Be prepared for a lot of Esperanto talk.

12 — If you can pay for an AI transcription tool, it’s money well spent.

13 — If you are the person in the field: describe, describe, describe.

14 — Have a backup plan.

15 — The hard work starts when the podcast is published.

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Stories of men in five African countries who are challenging what it means to “be a man” in their societies, and campaigning for gender equality.

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CRY LIKE A BOY PODCAST

CRY LIKE A BOY PODCAST

Stories of men in five African countries who are challenging what it means to “be a man” in their societies, and campaigning for gender equality.

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