Given the recent rise in podcast popularity, it’s no surprise that audio narratives are making their way into the classroom. They offer an engaging way for teachers to merge project-based learning with digital media analysis and production skills. In this lesson, students analyze the elements and techniques of both podcasting and storytelling, because stories are often at the heart of podcasts.


What to do: Review the instructions for this unit’s assignment.


  •  Create your own podcast episode for the class magazine and broadcast engaging audio content.


These lessons are done in class in Module II and should be completed before you start working on your podcast episode. 


1. Limit your podcast to five minutes. Groups of two will have 7 minutes, and groups of three will have 10 minutes or two 5 minute episodes. Groups need to have equal participation ON air.

2. Use your limited time well. Your podcast must include a beginning, middle and end to produce a complete listening experience. Beginnings often draw the listener in or provide context. Endings often offer a summary, raise a question or act as a teaser for the next segment. That said, your submission can be an excerpt from a longer podcast, as long as you demonstrate thoughtfulness about how you are using time. An end can be a hard “end” of a podcast, but it can also be the end of a segment or even the end of an introduction within a longer episode.

One more thing: Try not to do too much in your short podcast. Often the most rewarding podcasts are ones that dive into a specific issue or story. For example, in each episode of “The Daily” the host Michael Barbaro interviews guests about one specific news story and makes sure to link that story to larger themes.

3. Use any podcast format or genre. Popular podcast formats include, but are not limited to, interviews, conversations, nonfiction storytelling, and fiction storytelling. Popular podcast genres include, but are not limited to, comedy, true crime, news documentary, history, radio theater, and sports.

4. Create your podcast by yourself or with a group. If you are working as a team, just remember to list all your names when you post to your blog. Each group or team member will post to their individual blogs.

5. Be original and use appropriate language. You have freedom to create an original and creative podcast. However, be careful not to use obscene or offensive language that would be inappropriate for an audience of GCC listeners.

6. Be sure to use non-copyrighted sound effects or music, with some exceptions. You cannot use copyrighted sound effects or music for the sole purpose of making your podcast sound better. Instead, you can find royalty-free music and sound effects on Bensound or Freesound, or by doing a web search for royalty-free files. Or you can use audio editing software to create your own music or sound effects. This is the file used to create our intro. If you want to provide an outro, you can use this same music. It is copyright free. Download the intro to add to your podcast.

However, there are limited fair use exceptions when you can legally use copyrighted work, such as when you are critiquing a song or reporting on a film. Read more about those exceptions if you think your use of copyrighted material does not infringe on copyright protections.

7. Compose and produce your podcast episode. Download and add the Weekly Gaucho Intro audio to the beginning of your podcast. Download the intro to add to your podcast. This audio introduces the podcast, and your episode should start by introducing the author, guest and topic of your episode. Save/Export your podcast as an Mp3 file. Don’t use m4a. You can use either Audacity or SoundTrap.com to record, edit, and produce your podcast. Lesson: Creating a Podcast Episode

8. Submit your MP3 file on the course blog (jrn203gcc.com).  Create a post. Provide the names of the hosts (you) and a title for your episode in your blog post. Don’t forget to add the intro music to the beginning of your file. Lesson: Creating a Podcast Episode

9. Provide a 300-400 word written summary in your blog post. Your summary will help us quickly understand what happens during your podcast. This is not to be a full transcript. Just a summary. We call them show notes. Include any relevant links in the show notes. How to Write Better Podcast Show Notes

10. Your podcast episode must be submitted by your scheduled date listed below, NOT the official end date of this assignment which is in November. If you miss your scheduled episode, you will not earn full credit for your podcast episode, so start early. POST the link to your podcast episode here in Canvas.

Click here to selected your episode: ttsu.me/upe7bg

Podcast Schedule

  1. Episode 1: Feb. 19th – Anna Lai & Kimberly Hicks
  2. Episode 2: Feb. 24th – Ruth Brown
  3. Episode 3: Feb. 26th – Kaitlyn Sagebiel
  4. Episode 4: Mar. 3rd – Guadalupe Castro
  5. Episode 5: Mar. 5th – Samantha Chavez
  6. Episode 6: Mar. 10th – Vanessa McMillan
  7. Episode 7: Mar. 12th – Riley Farrington
  8. Episode 8: Mar. 24th – David Ricuito
  9. Episode 9: Mar. 26th – Itzel Cruz Lora
  10. Episode 10: Mar. 30th – Bette Griffen
  11. Episode 11: Apr. 2nd – Erin Parsons
  12. Episode 12: Apr. 7th – Monet Almaraz
  13. Episode13: Apr. 9th – Itzel Ramirez
  14. Episode 14: Apr. 14th – Christine Ryan
  15. Episode 15: Apr. 16th – DJ Spahr
  16. Episode 16: Apr. 21st – Brianna Jacobsen
  17. Episode 17: Apr. 23rd – Monica Isit
  18. Episode 18: Apr. 26th – Cori Richards
  19. Episode 19: Apr. 28th – Casandra Velderrain

Time Management: Plan for 2-3 hours to complete this assignment.