Juniors in Game Changers in America: Social Issues through Literature examine social issues faced by those living in the United States as well as the artistic mediums that document them—literature, filmmaking, poetry, hip-hop, and photography. The course’s capstone project is a podcast for “Game Changers Radio”.
Working in groups of three or four, students created an investigative journalism podcast episode, approximately 7-10 minutes in length. They selected the topics for their podcasts based on their independent reading books and op-ed assignment completed earlier this spring. Podcast topics included social reintegration of previously incarcerated people, the Green New Deal, and gender equality in sports.
After conducting extensive research and completing expert interviews, students edited the audio clips using sound-editing software. Each class held a ‘listening party’ during finals week in which each group played their podcast, discussed their process and answered questions.
To be successful, each podcast had to meet several criteria including: all group member voices must be heard, five text and/or audio sources must be referenced, and three expert interviews must be conducted. The structure is that of a typical podcast episode such as Serial or This American Life.
“This project started out as a way for my students to get away from writing a formulaic five paragraph essay—to really write as themselves and to create something that is more authentic to what they would encounter in the real world,” said English faculty member David Records. “It was a challenging project and I am proud of the work that they did.”
Click the links below to listen to two of the podcasts.