Project 4 Begins!

We are starting on our final portfolio project!  Here are a few key reminders about what we said in class:

  1. We decided that for Project 4, we would “turn in” elements of the portfolio as follows:
  2. We made a big list of the relevant (and not-so-relevant) features of a Web Content Building Proposal, and those notes are here: What are the key features of a Web Content Proposal
  3. DON’T FORGET!! Monday we are having optional conferences to brainstorm for project 4 at the CLC Writing Showcase in the Student Center, Hilberry ABC. See the flyer below for awesome inspiration (and check out the artwork done by one of our CLC peer mentors–so cool!)

Project 3 Rubric & Instructions


Woot! We are almost to the end of Project 3!! Below is the rubric we worked to build in class today, as well as upload instructions for both your podcast (upload to soundcloud and email me) and your reflection paper (blackboard). Happy finalizing!!

Uploading Podcast to Soundcloud:

  1. Make a sound cloud account (free!)
  2. Upload track—from a laptop or desktop (not from your phone)
  3. Export/share track; email to Nicole

Project 3 Rubric:

Sound Production/Quality  
Clarity 20 points
you are able to hear well and understand what people are saying  
Basic Sound Stuff 40 points
-music not overtaking verbal stuff

-smooth transitions

-no “distractions” (dead space; interruptions that take away from the message, etc.)

Sufficient Length 20 points
15-ish minutes (proportionate to topic; total composition)  
Content/Rhetorical Effectiveness  
Main Point/Relevance 20 points
it means something to the listener; everything you talk about should be connected with a through line/core theme/takeaway/main point; key message; cohesion; make sure you get back to the central point  
Organization 20 points
“Intro”, “body“ & “conclusion” should be proportional; organizational balance  
Exposition 20 points
-explanation of topic; your listeners should be informed or walk away with a better understanding (enjoyment is a nice bonus  
Affordances Used Effectively 20 points
-voice/passion/interest comes through, creates implicit rationale for why we need to “hear” this rather than “read” this

-interest/texture (inflection, use of sounds, background, music, rhetorically effective, well-placed sounds)

-not monotone

Clear and Present Ethos  
Host/creator’s reason (explicit or implicit) for why we should listen to them about this topic 20 points
Reflection Paper  
  20 points

Podcasting, cont.

Hey all~

Today we will be doing a quick peer-review of each others’ SFDs of our podcast scripts. After that, we’ll have some workshop time to play around with some podcasting software to start setting things up for our recording day WEDNESDAY.

Also, as you revise your podcast SFD, below is a link to a terrific post called “How Not to Write for Radio.” It has a 20-ish minute talk through what the host considers a not-great podcast script, and then there are several links to useful examples of “what works.”

How Not to Write for Radio



Rhetorically Powerful


Hey all~

Today, we dive in further. Everyone has brought in a sample podcast they found on their own, and our task today will be to do a real-time listen of those, to identify rhetorically powerful sounds…or lack of sound used in these podcasts. We’ll spend the majority of class listening to a partner’s sample podcast, writing down each instance of:

  • rhetorically powerful sounds
  • rhetorically powerful silences
  • effective use of “voice” (could be tone or style)
  • effective use of questions vs. explanation
  • effective use of organization (intro, conclusion, a “thread” etc.)

As a result of our listening and discussion, here are the notes for what we said in class:

What counts as rhetorically powerful sound

Podcast Discussion

Today we are going to get WAY more specific in our discussion of podcasts, both as a genre and as a particular use of audio composition. We need to hit on:

  1. Content – What are podcasts about? What are the podcasts we listened to this weekend about? What ways does expository writing manifest?
  2. Structure – What is the form of a podcast? How are they organized? What devices signal that organization? What conventions do we notice?
  3. Process – What might the process of creating a podcast look like? (break this down into specific, small steps) How are podcasts composed?
  4. Effectiveness – What makes for a “good” podcast? What makes for a “bad” podcast? Think of specific rhetorical strategies, composing choices, elements of design/craft, structural choices…

Here is what we said in class: What we said about podcasts

Project 3 Begins!!


plural noun: podcasts
  1. 1.
    a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.
3rd person present: podcasts
  1. 1.
    make (a digital audio file) available as a podcast.

early 21st century: from iPod + broadcast.
Yes, today we are starting our third project, which asks you to create an audio expository composition, or podcast!
Today we will be looking over the assignment, getting situated with it. We’ll also be discussing some of the genre conventions of podcasts, centering our talk around questions like, “what IS a podcast?” and “what makes a GOOD podcast?”
To ground our discussion, we’ll listen to a few samples to get going:
 Toward the end of class, I want to give you guys some writing time to think and brainstorm about this project. Some questions to help guide your process writing:
  1. What are some things you’d be interested in making a podcast about? (list as many as you can)
  2. What do you envision the “tone” of this podcast to be (funny? serious? didactic? conversational?)? In other words, how can you put forth your ethos in this genre and mode of composition?
  3. What are the pieces you need, or might want to have, to put this “puzzle” together? In other words, do you know someone whom you’d like to interview? Is there a location you’d like to record at? Sights, sounds, smells you’d like to capture? (and how could you do that in a purely auditory mode?). Write as descriptively as you can here.