The SMEDIAs are delighted to announce that Fáilte Ireland will sponsor this year’s Podcast Of The Year category!

Fáilte Ireland work to support the long-term sustainable growth in the economic, social, cultural and environmental contribution of tourism to Ireland. 

They work in partnership with Government, State agencies, Local Authorities, representative groups and industry, to develop tourism across Ireland by creating destination development plans and networks, and investing in infrastructure, activities, visitor attractions and festivals.

Submission Guidelines:

Awarded to the student(s) who presented the best student podcast. The show can be on a topic of your choosing i.e. Sport, current affairs, culture, business, technology etc. but the podcast must adhere to the guidelines below.

Submit one episode, or montage of episodes (maximum 1 hour), broadcast since February 2023. 

Podcasts will be judged on the level of presentation, production, education and entertainment.

  • Presentation
    • Does the podcast host present the program clearly?
    • Do they keep tabs on timekeeping, ensuring segments aren’t too long or too short?
    • If it’s a chat show does the host present themselves or their contributors from talking over each other too much?
    • Does the host keep the show going if something goes wrong during the program?
  • Production
    • The show doesn’t have to have been recorded in Abbey Road studio; as long as the show isn’t recorded on a phone or in a nosey environment it’s fine. However, you will get bonus points for clear sound and maintaining good volume levels throughout the podcast.
  • Education
    • Does the podcast teach us something or better our understanding of something we already know?
    • Does the podcast tell us why it’s important that we should know this?
  • Entertainment
    • Is the podcast delivered in a way that’s entertaining, easy to digest, and keeps the listener engaged?

Submissions open 26th February 2024 and close 7th March 2024.