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Podcasters: A Call for Help

Podcasters, as I’m sure you’re all aware a massive 8.9 earthquake, the strongest in their recorded history, shook Japan this past Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:46pm. This was followed by a massive tsunami that’s decimated much of the coastline communities.

As of this writing, 1300 are reported dead with 10,000 are missing in just a single town. Over 300,000 people have been displaced and are in need of the most basic of essentials: food, water and shelter.

What You Can Do

I’m calling upon the podcasting community to interrupt their normal schedules and devote a show, or series of shows, to help raise money to aid Japan.

The easiest way to do this is to have your listeners either donate online at convoyofhope.org or text TSUNAMI to 50555. $10 will automatically be donated to Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Response efforts.

You can also collect contributions from your listeners. This way you can donate the money to any number of charities set up to fund the disaster relief. Setting up a special PayPal account to make it easier for them to contribute might be one way to collect the monies.

An excellent article (thanks to Tim Ferriss for posting this link) can be found at the USA Today website. You’ll find a list of over a dozen different charities that need our help as well as some talking points you can use for your show.

It’s Our Turn to Stand Up

Let’s show the world what podcasters are capable of doing. I know this is a young blog so please forward this link to other podcasters you’re friends with and encourage them to forward this on to their podcasting friends.

Tweet this post – put it on your Facebook page – make a video and put it on YouTube – put it in your show notes. Spread the word around.

If your fans donate through other means, have them drop you a note and let you know what they did. And once you’ve completed your donation run, come back here and post your results. I want to be able to report, 30 days from now, what podcasters have the power of doing. Even if you raise only a few dollars, let me know. Every dollar counts.

Some say podcasting is dead. Let’s prove how alive we really are and do some good in the process.

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About Jay Walsh

With a combined 25 years of design, marketing, podcasting, video and social media knowledge, Jay created ProPodder.com with the goal of helping you make a better podcast.

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