Podcast Assignment

For this project, you will compose a short (5 minutes) podcast on any aspect, issue or question related to digital publishing using GarageBand or Audacity in the style of radio programs in NPR. In your podcast you can address the following questions: 

  1. What was your understanding of digital publishing before enrolling in this class?
  2. What is your current experience of digital publishing?
  3. In what ways did the readings change your view of digital publishing?
  4. Why is digital publishing significant?
  5. Where are we with digital publishing and where should we be and why?
  6. What are some of the challenges of digital publishing?
  7. What are the benefits and downfalls of digital publishing?

Please try to be comprehensive in your responses since you will be using the ideas generated for this assignment also for the video narrative assignment. In your podcast script, you don’t need to answer these prompts in a chronological order. These prompts are just to help you gather ideas. You can choose to organize your script any way you want.

In the podcast, you will also make creative use of sound effects, music, silence, and any other audio tools at your disposal to communicate your ideas.

Your podcast should be relevant to an educated audience beyond campus. It needs to be written in a style that will translate well into speech, a written piece adjusted into something more “talky” — a vocal performance. It should also display originality and technical execution, and should mix together at least three audio tracks (background music, your voice over/narrative, any other audio files or data sources, such as interviews or radio programs).

In the composing part, you should make sure that your tracks are precisely edited and transition between tracks is natural and smooth. The principles of coherence, unity, organicity, and consideration of audience and media all come into play in this medium. Therefore, your podcast script should be written with much care, and plan for the composition should be done intricately before recording and editing the tracks. Unless you have an effective delivery (output), all your behind the scene diligence hardly makes any sense in this media. Your final product should be exported in mp3 format, uploaded on your website or in third party hosts like Soundcloud and published in Apple Podcast, Google Podcast and Amazon Music.  The podcast, eventually, becomes a part of your digital portfolio that you exhibit towards the end of the semester. You will also present your review  in the class.

Podcast Presentation is due on : February  22

Submit your Podcast to Canvas by February 22.


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