Standing Peachtree and Indigenous New Media

Composition Project #2

Project Overview

A podcast is a genre of informatory narrative that is broadcasted aurally, bringing together multiple sounds and text for the purpose of posing some kind of social or cultural critique. You will be supplied a list of “starting point” topics from which you can choose, or your group can petition the instructor for a self-proposed topic. The project requires that you create a podcast episode. In order to format, discuss, and engage your chosen topic, you will need to conduct research to help you narrow your ideas to a specific topic on which you will become “experts.”

The podcast episode will be 5-7 minutes in length, incorporating both spoken word, sounds, and music.  You will provide a collaboratively-written rationale. This podcast will be publicly-accessible on our course website, along with the rationale.


  • Develop your collaborative skills in a group environment, working together to create a cohesive and rhetorically unified podcast
  • Cultivate your ability to recognize and utilize the WOVEN modes – this project emphasizes all modes, particularly the oral, written, visual, and electronic
  • Advance your critical thinking by seeking out sources that directly engage your chosen topic


This project has two major components — (1) Podcast and (2) Project Statement.

Podcast (100 points)

  1. Choose a topic from the Inspiration List and develop a guiding question. This question will guide the production of the podcast. This will be submitted to Dr. Murdock via email. Click here for more information.
  2. This will be submitted as one finalized file, but that file will incorporate many aural elements from various sources. This podcast will mimic the from of podcasts you may have heard on the radio or on any podcasting platform.
  3. The podcasts will be publicly-accessible through the course website.
  4. The audio file should be legible — your audience should not have difficulty hearing any details in the podcast.
  5. You must provide a transcript, with aural elements noted. This transcript will be accessible on the website.
  6. All projects must be self-created. It must be clear how you have added your source materials and you cannot “edit in” an interview to eat up play time.
  7. 5-7 minutes in length
  8. File type required: MP3 or MP4
  9. File name required: “Group Name. Section #. Podcast Final”


Rationale (50 points)

  1. Describe the basic concepts of your podcast. Who is your audience? What is the main topic you are discussing? Did you utilize different sound elements? Do you tell a cohesive and researched story/narrative?
  2. Explain the goals of your podcast.
  3. Place your podcast  into conversation with our readings, discussions, and examples.
  4. Consider your own critical inquiry. How, where, and why did you seek sources? Were those sources reliable?
  5. Your rationale should be about 1000 words. Your group should choose one citation style and use throughout your documents. You will tell me ahead of time what the citation style will be. The statement should be collaboratively written through Google Docs, or through whatever means you choose to collaborate.

Points Breakdown

This project is worth 170 points, or 17% of your final grade. It is a group grade for the listed components, meaning that barring negative group reports, all members will receive the same grade.

Group Work

You will need to meet with your group more than once to discuss and work on the project. You should delegate responsibilities among your group members, being sure that everyone is committing equal amounts of time and effort to their portions of the project. No one person should be completing more than their share of the work. Consider using Skype, Google Hangouts, or GroupMe for meetings if you cannot work out a time when you can all meet in person.

Each group member must contribute equally to the project, but you can do so in different ways. For example, if two of you conduct the research, they might discuss the theoretical underpinnings of your topic, while two others contribute other sections of the recording.

Audio-Editing Tutorials

We will have an in-class audio editing tutorial with Charlie Bennett, who has experience making podcasts himself, and requires his students to create podcasts as well. Before that date, I highly recommend that you download Audacity and play around with the software using any audio file you choose.

You can find a tutorial for Audacity at

If you go to and then search for “Audacity” on this site, you can also find in-depth video tutorials about this software.