Audio Documentary Project/Podcast
(much of this assignment was originally created by Nancy Burnett at
Your first step is to create a
proposal. Each assignment should benefit you. Choose a
genre and the context for your podcast and ask yourself the following
- Who is your audience?
- Who are you going to interview (if appropriate)?
- Why is your audience interested?
- What makes up your competition? Who produces shows like yours,
radio and elsewhere?
- What are their strengths and weaknesses, and how do you plan to
improve on what they do?
- How long should your podcast be?
- How would your provide access to your podcast?
- How would you solicit advertising for your podcast? How
does it fit into a business plan?
Write a pitch (10-12 pt Times New Roman, 1000-2400 words) that answers these
questions for your podcast. You must receive approval for your
interviewee, if you have one. Once accepted, you may not change your
subject without prior, written/emailed permission from your instructor.
Your assignment must be delivered on time or it may not be accepted.
- It may be on any subject, but please check with your instructor
for clearance of your pitch before beginning in earnest.
- Time limit: at least five minutes and not more than 20 minutes.
- You may include all or some of the following: interviews,
narration, natural sound, sound effects, and music.
- Use Audacity or record in the Digital Media Lab.
Detailed guidelines for your commercial, which each student will create on their own, can be found
- You will need to integrate the commercials into your podcast.
Though in practice, your commercials should match your show's audience, it's okay in this case
if they don't mix.
Deliverables -- Each should be emailed to your instructor
- Your pitch.
- Your podcast in mp3 format.
- Your podcast's script.
- Your commercial's script.
The first three can be emailed from a group leader, but everyone should email their individual commercial script
to your instructor separately.
Points to be graded
- Clear, engaging tone.
- Quality editing.
- Professional touches that signal the start and end of your
podcast (music, clear title, clear introductions, etc).
- Obvious mastery of the subject matter. (Do not offend your
- Adherence to the quantitative metrics of the assignment (fonts,
bit rates, length, etc).
- A sense of story (beginning and an end, some sense of movement)
- Something that’s interesting to hear [SUNY]
- Be ready to compare your finished product to the competition that
you identified as part of your pitch document!
Tues: Write out a list of
story ideas, interviewees, questions for interviewees, ideas for music,
natural sound, SFX.
Contact interviewees, set up interviews, sign out equipment, record
Thurs: Pitch due Thursday at midnight.
Complete interviews, select music and sound effects. Begin editing
Tues: Edit interviews and
narration. Make the final selection of interview cuts, natural sound,
and music in the order you want them.
Tues: Complete final project
Thurs: Project due.
Burn an audio CD of your project.
You can use iTunes to do this with a wav file or an mp3.