Project 2: Web Audio/Podcasting

For your second project, you will work in pairs to develop, produce, and post a 3-5 minute audio podcast that might serve as a lesson in an online “Introduction to Digital Media Studies” course.

To begin this project, you and your partner should choose one of the texts that we’ve read thus far, around which you want to focus your podcast. You’ll of course need to revisit the text to be sure you have a clear understanding of its argument and the evidence that it presents for that argument.

You’ll then need to produce a script for your podcast. Think both about what’s being said and how it’s being conveyed — both about your dialogue and about the audio background. What can you demonstrate with audio that you can’t convey in writing, for instance, or in images?

3-5 minutes isn’t very long, I know, and some of you may chafe at the length restriction, but the point is to produce something polished that conveys significant ideas, rather than to produce your masterwork.

You are free to record audio wherever you like; microphones and portable recorders are available for checkout from the IMS Production Center, in the basement of Scott Hall. You are also welcome to use found audio clips — even copyrighted clips — but be sure to credit the sources of the material you use, either within the audio or in the accompanying blog entry.

You’ve seen a demo of Audacity, a free program that allows easy editing and encoding of audio, but you are welcome to use other audio programs that you might know. Your podcast should be encoded in MP3 format and placed in your “MyWebs” folder in your userspace. You should then include a link to the audio in a post to the class blog that uses the category “podcast.” We can then all subscribe to the RSS feed for that category in an audio aggregator like iTunes to gather the files. You are also encouraged to provide commentary on the process in the blog post, and to comment on one another’s entries.

Your podcast and accompanying blog post will be due at the start of lab on Friday, March 5 class on Monday, March 8.

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