Motivations for Podcasting
Primary Investigator: Kris M. Markman, Ph.D.



I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis. The goal of this study is to further our understanding of who independent podcasters are and what their motivations are for podcasting. By answering the questions on this survey, you are giving consent to participate in this research study. Your participation is completely voluntary. Refusal to participate will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. You are free to end your participation at any time. 
 
There are no known risks associated with participating in this study other than those ordinarily encountered in daily life. All of your answers will be recorded anonymously. The information I collect will be used for academic research purposes only and will not be used by or sold to any commercial entities. It is expected that results from this study will be reported at academic conferences and in academic publications. 
 
This survey is brief and should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.  
 
If you have any questions about this survey you may contact me via email at: k.markman@memphis.edu  
 
In addition, if you have questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Chair of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects for the University of Memphis at (901) 678-2533.  
 
For the purposes of this survey, a podcast is defined as: A downloadable digital audio or video file distributed over the internet using syndication software (RSS), designed to be played back on a computer or other portable device. 
 
You qualify as an independent podcaster for the purposes of this study if
You currently produce or have produced in the past, alone or with partners, a regularly recurring podcast; AND
Your podcast was NOT originally affiliated with a traditional broadcast or other media outlet (i.e. re-transmission of a public or commercial radio show, official newspaper podcast). 
 
I am an independent podcaster and am at least 18 years of age and I wish to participate in this study.