Next week’s class meetings are devoted to listening to each group’s podcast and reviewing each group’s contribution to the OpenLab project site. One member of each group should leave a comment on this post by the end of the day Monday to let us know which day your group plans to introduce your work in class – Tuesday, December 18 OR Thursday, December 20. Yes, we are listening in class!
Best of luck on all of your projects and finals, everyone.
Your podcast assignment is the final project for the semester. Each group will contribute a page to an OpenLab project site we will create together. Each page will contain the following elements:
- 15-20 minute podcast (audio recording)
- uploaded annotated bibliography and outline; references for any images, music, etc that you use
- a few original images (photographs or sketches produced by a group member) that illustrate the research question or theme. Images should have descriptive captions.
See the step-by-step podcast instructions from Prof. Almeida for technical assistance with recording and editing.
In addition to creating and editing an audio recording, each group will:
- Strategically incorporate or reference at least two relevant information sources.
- Provide basic metadata for your podcast including at least three descriptive keywords.
- Select a Creative Commons license to dictate how your podcast can be used by others.
This activity will be completed in 4 stages
- planning and prewriting
- research and script development
- technical production
- listening & reflection
November 27-29: planning and prewriting – in-class time to research, write, rehearse, and record; OpenLab project site creation
December 4: research and script development – in class time to write and rehearse
December 11: in class time to rehearse and record; finalize technical production; podcast scripts due during class
December 13 is reading day! Time and space for group work is available though classes do not meet
December 18: Podcast listening part I
December 20:Podcast listening part II; all content must be posted on OpenLab project site; reflections & wrap-up
Resources for recording
The Multimedia Resources Center in the City Tech library lends out USB headsets with microphones. Use your college ID to borrow a headset/mic. Headsets must be used in the library. You can borrow an iPad Mini for up to 3 days from Multimedia with your college ID.
If you need a quiet place to record, reserve a library study room. During class time, you may use the library projection room. Bring a laptop with Audacity or other recording software already installed. You can record with your phone using the voice memo app or Anchor for iOS or Android.
- Successful attempt to answer research question
- Inclusion or references made to at least two relevant information sources (articles, books, maps, films, etc.)
- Equal participation of group members in podcast recording
- Good effort made to successfully record, produce, and edit
- All required content appears on OpenLab site
- Podcast successfully uploaded to Soundcloud with images and metadata
- Podcast is between 15-20 minutes long
- All content is cited in the bibliography, including images and music
- Selection of an appropriate Creative Commons license
The podcast I listened to was “East New York. Did it work?”. The podcast in my opinion was very well put together. They didn’t prolong the intro or talked a lot but got straight to the point which i believe is one of the things that is essential in keeping your listeners drawn in. They also did a great job getting people to share their stories and expressing their opinions and they were all different opinions which made it more interesting and not bias. This podcast brought together facts and evidence as well as opinions to make it not only on filled with primary sources but also one that is relate-able .
After listening to “There Goes the Neighborhood: Here’s the Plan”, I realized how it was created and what type of conceptual voice the podcast took; it was set in a narrative perspective. As events seemed to occur, there was a narrator describing his opinions or his overall thought process behind the topic of rezoning in Brooklyn being tied to gentrification, overcrowding, and manipulation tactics driven by politics and big shot developers.
I found the podcast’s aesthetic to be refreshing; there was never a time that the listener was left unaware of a topic or unbeknownst to a certain term; everything was explained for any listener’s understanding. I liked how there was a healthy mixture of narrative with interviews or a type of panelist conversation in which there is a moderator and someone speaking along those lines. I also liked the stitching between reality and personal analysis; it gave a very humanistic approach to a very broad topic of gentrification and rezoning.
As for any inquiries I had subsequent to listening to the podcast, I only had one recurring question, which is as follows: “As they mentioned the East New York project, Is this an example of finding an “antidote” to blight while avoiding massive gentrification?”
Really nice work on the midterm presentations, everyone. Don’t forget to submit a PDF of your presentation slides by the end of the day today. For Tuesday, please listen to one of the podcasts linked below and write a 100 word blog post in response to this prompt:
What do you think the speakers and interview subjects did particularly well to communicate their ideas? What questions do you still have, or what do you think they could have explained better? Feel free to link to 1-2 of your favorite podcasts if you regularly listen to ones you want to share.
There Goes the Neighborhood: East New York: Did it Work
Trickery, Fraud, and Deception
Here’s the Plan
Daily News Sports Talk: How Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards Bruised the Neighborhood
Learning Places Summer 2016: Influence of Beaux-Arts on Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station