Podcast

Overview / Planning / Recording / Editing / Evaluation

Overview

Podcasting is a fun, democratic way of telling stories and exploring ideas in a short span of time, without a large budget. We’ve already listened to an episode of This American Life (as a case in brevity) and of Radiolab (for complexity of ideas and the metaphor of “voice”).

For this project, you will work in small groups to produce a podcast episode, upload it (in MP3 format) to your Domain, and share it with the class. The episode should be 5 to 15 minutes long. It can be about any subject and in any style you choose. There is only one “forbidden” topic, and that’s “A day in the life of an Emory student” (or anything along those lines).

Planning

Don’t skimp on this stage! Go through the preparatory questions (PDF) and decide what kind of show you want to make.

Write a preliminary script. Include this with your final product; it’s perfectly fine for things to change as you go along. Begin scouting out interview subjects and locations, as necessary.
Sample outline and timeline (Osceola Schools)
News scripting tips (BBC Radio)

“Wait…I still don’t ‘get’ podcasts.”
Check out the offerings on Stitcher, Public Radio International, Third Coast, or the iTunes Store. Or go vintage at RadioLovers.

Recording

There’s a good chance you already own all the recording tools you need: a smartphone (iPhone, Android), a digital camera, or a computer with Skype or Jing. You can also borrow higher-quality recording equipment from the Music and Media Library. The library also has quiet study rooms you can reserve.

Interviewing? Get permission! Since your podcast is going on the internet, you have a special responsibility to everyone who might be personally identifiable from the recording. All of those people must fill out a consent form (PDF). You will hand these in with your final project.
Read over the tips for successful interviewing on the Resources page.

Editing

Use Audacity (recommended) or GarageBand to edit your recordings. As you put the pieces together, ask yourself:

-How will you let your listeners know who you are and what your podcast is all about?
-How will you get them hooked?
-How will you shorten interview clips to keep the pace and avoid redundancy?
-How will you compensate for poor sound quality?

All music must be licensed for reuse.

Presentations: Come prepared to play your finished podcast to the class, to describe your process, and to answer questions about the choices you made.
Sign up: 8:00 / 10:00 / 12:00

Evaluation
60% Holistic project evaluation (rubric)
20% Self evaluation
20% Peer evaluation