Your first assignment is to develop, create, edit, and produce a short interview podcast episode.
As creator, host, producer, and editor, it’s your job to create a compelling story in collaboration with your interview subject. The story will take shape through a series of stages (and choices)–as you conceive the episode, select your guest, write your interview questions, record your conversation, and edit your episode. You want to be sure the result is focused and that you make conscious choices about both content and tone.
With all that in mind, you’ll complete process assignments (see below) intended to help you produce your best work.
The creative process is complex. You’ll likely experience doubt and frustrati0n along the way. You’ll also likely experience excitement, breakthroughs, and nerves. It’s all part of the process. Go with it and have faith that if you put in the work you will definitely learn a lot and will likely produce a compelling piece.
Aim for a 10-15 minute completed episode. It’s likely you’ll record twice that amount and edit the episode down. You may create a longer episode, but if you do, ask yourself: Will your audience keep listening? Does the extra length make the episode more compelling? If so, then it’s worth it.
Due date for the finished episode is Tuesday, October 12 (by midnight)–posted as a link to our site. Upload your episode to Soundcloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, or another hosting platform of your choice.
Note: Soundcloud will be the most seamless platform to use. It’s also the most public, though you can set your channel to private and grant access to those you want to hear it.
- Informal proposal (on the blog, Thursday 9/16)
- Blueprint, one-liner, title, and brainstorming your interview questions (in-class, 9/21)
- “Heart and Soul”: Show and episode description (9/23)
- Research and interview questions (9/28)
- Rough cut (10/7)
- Show copy for web (10/12)