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1st Podcast Assignment
The podcast topic will be based on this quote from Sara Ahmed’s Living A Feminist Life:

Feminism is wherever feminism needs to be. Feminism needs to be everywhere. Feminism needs to be everywhere because feminism is not everywhere. Where is feminism? It is a good question. We can ask ourselves: where did we find feminism, or where did feminism find us? I posed this question as a life question in the first part of this book. A story always starts before it can be told. When did feminism become a word that not only spoke to you, but spoke you, spoke of your existence, spoke you into existence? When did the sound of the word feminism become your sound? What did it mean, what does it do, to hold onto feminism, to fight under its name; to feel in its ups and downs, in its comings and goings, your ups and downs, your comings and goings?

Students will develop a podcast that will address this quote, specifically the questions of: where did you find feminism, and/or where did feminism find you? 


  • Length: 3-5 minutes (no less than 500 words transcribed)
  • Embellishment: no more than 1.5 minutes of non-narration (g. Ambient noise:gives sense of location; sound effects: help visualize what’s being described; intro/outro/midway music: sets the tone of the podcast)
  • How to submit: Email professor tweeted link, Release Of Course Materials For Public Availability, and transcription in one email (name your file: e.g. “last name_midterm”). Transcription should include a works cited including class readings and at least two podcasts that inspired your podcast.
  • When to submit:
    • Sunday September 30th by 11:59PM


Details (the bits and pieces of the assignment)

  • Research podcasts
    • students are required to listen to podcasts as detailed on the schedule during “hybrid time.” Take notes on style, delivery, effects, tone, creativity, topic, etc.
    • students are encouraged to explore a new podcast every two weeks to explore various podcast styles; see “podcast starter pack.”
    • you will cite the podcasts you used as research sources/inspiration at the end of the podcast transcription so make a note of at least two!
  • Drafting
    • Check in with professor about your idea by Friday September 21st.
    • Don’t forget to include an intro that tells who is speaking, the date the podcast was produced, and where the speaker is located in your draft
    • Practice narration: record script without audio clips/effects for timing and flow
    • Practice narration: record script with audio/effects for timing and flow
  • Produce podcast
  • Share podcast
    • Write description of podcast for twitter sharing; don’t forget to account for the course hashtag #femthry18
    • Publish your podcast on Soundcloud
    • Share your podcast with the class by tweeting a link to your podcast (with the description) by Sunday September 30th 

Grading Rubric

CATEGORY Exemplary Satisfactory Breakdown
Introduction 1 point .5 point
Catchy and clever introduction. Provides relevant information and establishes a clear purpose engaging the listener immediately. Describes the topic and engages the audience as the introduction proceeds. Somewhat engaging (covers well-known topic), and provides a vague purpose. 0.5
Tells who is speaking, date the podcast was produced, and where the speaker is located. Tells most of the following: who is speaking, date of the podcast, and location of speaker. Alludes to who is speaking, date of the podcast, and location of speaker. 0.5
Content (Where did feminism find you? Where did you find feminism?) 5 points 4 points
Creativity and original content enhance the purpose of the podcast in an innovative way. Accurate information and succinct concepts are presented. Accurate information is provided succinctly. Some information is inaccurate or long-winded. 1.5
Concepts from class readings and discussions integrated into language. Concepts introduced are appropriate. Concepts introduced are adequate. 2
Keeps focus on the topic/prompt. Stays on the topic. Occasionally strays from the topic. 1
Conclusion clearly summarizes key information and offers a forward thinking reflection on the question at hand. Conclusion summarizes information. Conclusion vaguely summarizes key information 0.5
Delivery (Script) 2 points 1 point
Well rehearsed, smooth delivery in a conversational style. Rehearsed, smooth delivery. Appears unrehearsed with uneven delivery. 1
Highly effective enunciation, expression, and rhythm keep the audience listening. Enunciation, expression, pacing are effective. Enunciation, expression, rhythm are sometimes distracting. 1
Technical Production 2 points .5 point
Transitions are smooth and spaced correctly without noisy, dead space. Transitions are smooth with a minimal amount of ambient noise. Transitions are uneven with inconsistent spacing; ambient noise is present. 0.5
Volume of voice, music, and effects enhance the presentation. Volume is acceptable. Volume is occasionally inconsistent. 0.5
Podcast length keeps the audience interested and engaged. Podcast length keeps audience listening. Podcast length is somewhat long or somewhat short to keep audience engaged. 0.25
Podcast meets length requirements. 0.25
Met with Professor 0.25
Release Form Signed. 0.25
Total Points Earned 10