Podcast Assignment

This assignment asks you to address our concerns with oral presentations through a digital lens. You will still be asked to explore a given topic orally rather than in writing, but the end result will be a recording rather than a presentation. Along these lines, instead of incorporating visual aids into a presentation, you will be asked to incorporate multiple voices and audio sources. In terms of content, you should take a previous presentation and translate it into a podcast, with the requirements in terms of analysis and argument staying the same from the earlier assignment. Of course, there will be new challenges here in terms of incorporating outside sources, editing, voice, etc.

Your podcast should be 4-8 minutes, and it should incorporate at least four audio sources. One of these will be a recording you make of your script. The other three will likely be some combination of clips from brief interviews that you conduct, audio from other relevant sources (interviews, news clips, documentaries, etc.), and background music. At least three of your sources should provide substantial content (rather than just background music). For the assignment overall, you are required to write the main script and to do the audio recording and editing yourself. To produce the podcast, you will likely be working with Audacity (available on SBU computers or easily downloaded) or GarageBand, and you can find specific instructions on creating podcasts with this software here and elsewhere online.


You will complete two iterations of this project: a script and a final podcast. The final podcast will be graded according to the following criteria. To a large extent, you will receive credit for making a good faith effort, although an exceedingly limited or extensive effort can lower or raise your grade.

“C” project:

Fulfills the assignment, though there may be some flaws or limitations in terms of general conception or thoroughness for the content. May have minor flaws in terms of recording and editing that do not significantly affect the listening experience.

“B” project:

Fulfills the assignment well, with few flaws or limitations. Presents polished and well developed content with few to no errors in terms of recording and editing.

“A” project:

Fulfills the assignment with distinction. Presents nuanced and sophisticated content and is polished in terms of recording and editing.

“D” project:

Makes a good-faith effort but falls short of the assignment. Lacks clear or adequately developed content. Recording and editing is flawed and limited in ways that impede comprehension.

“F” paper:

Fails to address the assignment, or, severely violates basic norms of civility or decency.