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Spring 2010

WRRH205:  Rhetorical Bytes

Digital Rhetorics & Writing With New Technologies

There are five parts to the podcast process:

Choosing your group.  Consider working with someone in a like major or someone that is interested in working with a topic of similar interest.  I will give you plenty of time in class the first week to research and brainstorm the kind of podcast you are hoping to produce.  Once you have an idea of what you want to do, finding a group member(s) will be much easier.

Drafting and brainstorming.  This involves not only working as a group to research your topic of interest but also considering how you will construct your podcast.  Which sources will you use?  What different kinds of audio elements will you bring together?  Are you using sound effects?  Will you include music?  Will you be interviewing people?  You should also consider the sources you find most compelling and fitting for your project.  As you conceptualize your podcast you may add more “sources,” like interviews.

Scripting. As a group, you will draft a script before you begin any production work.  This will keep you focused and your time in the studio structured, affording your group the opportunity to assign tasks for each step of the project.  Expect that your script may start out as a plan or outline that you refer to as you construct your podcast.  Know that it will change during production and that the end result may be a different version of your original essay concept

Construction. A starting point for thinking about this assignment in its most basic form is to think of it as someone reading an essay aloud and recording it.  Another way to think about it is like a speech.  Though consider that your podcast will be different because it is audio and you will be using various texts/sources/sounds, not just one.  This opens up whole new options for multimodality.

Production.  This is the final stage of the project.  Know that you may end up with multiple revisions of your podcast and you will probably be continually editing it down until it is due in order to make sure you’re including the important parts and cutting out any unnecessary material.  The editing step is key to the production because this is when you really define your podcast and make it concise.

The most important thing to remember about this project is to ask questions if you need help!  This will be an adventure for everyone (including me) so please have an open mind.  This project should be enjoyable and allow you to express yourself in a new way, learn a new piece of software, and create an audio track that shows your ability to construct a thesis and be analytical.  I have purposely left our syllabus flexible in order to best adapt this project for our needs (including the requirements listed in this assignment).  If we need to shift due dates around, and reformat criteria this is certainly something that we can discuss as a class so let’s keep the lines of communication open so I am aware of your needs for this project.


Script:  Friday, March 5, emailed by midnight

Podcast: Monday, March 12 with electronic copy of podcast