The Voice(s) of Expertise: How Podcasting Is Changing the Way We Listen and Learn|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Writing Certificate|
In this course, students will examine the changing nature of audio news and storytelling, and the extent to which traditional understanding of the voice of expertise is being disrupted by the rise of podcasting and other on-demand audio forms. The evolving digital media landscape has brought about an historic shift in the delivery of news and information. The shift has been celebrated--"the media has been democratized"--and reviled--"the media is too fractured and people are living in information bubbles." The shift is, at the very least, unsettling, in particular for journalists who find themselves working in an environment where the old rules and training seem outdated. But it also presents significant opportunities, especially in audio and broadcast journalism. The rise of podcasting, in particular, may challenge norms on how journalists explore and explain complex issues, and on who we hear as voices of expertise. This course will be a combination of media criticism, a study of best practices in journalism, and design thinking. As students examine the impact of new media on news and journalism, they will also develop their own ideas for on-demand audio (including podcast design) throughout the semester, working on an individual project, and in collaboration with other students.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 Hybrid in-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
|Examination and Assignments: |
Examinations and Assignments
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
POI is required. To apply send an email to the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org (include Wesleyan course number in subject line), responding to the following five questions:
How do you consume news and information about your communities (locally, nationally, and globally)?
How often do you listen to podcasts or other on-demand audio? (average hours per week -- not listening to podcasts does not disqualify you from this course)
Name up to 5 podcasts that you listen to regularly:
What do you hope to get out of taking this course?
Have you taken any media criticism or journalism courses, and if so, what courses?
|Instructor(s): Griffith,Graham Whitney Times: ....R.. 01:00PM-03:50PM; Location: TBA|
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 12
|Permission of instructor will be granted during the drop/add period. Students must submit either a ranked or unranked drop/add request for this course.|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 9||1st Ranked: 4||2nd Ranked: 1||3rd Ranked: 2||4th Ranked: 2||Unranked: 0|