Podcast Interviewing with Adobe Audition

Students create a podcast interview
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About This Strategy

In this 3-hour strategy, students approach an understanding of developing a subject-relevant podcast by interviewing a subject matter expert and editing the audio for meaning-making. This strategy can stand on its own or be a multi-part research project where students produce written research as well as pre-and-post written reflections.

Adobe Audition promotes digital media skills and activates critical thinking and assessment as well as meaning-making using. This project contributes to the students’ body of knowledge of a particular subject area through multimodality. This strategy can be adapted for use with other Adobe products, such as Spark Video.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Audition

  • Adobe Spark Video

  • Editable Resource Bundle

  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

180 minutes

Learn.

Students focus on a contemporary topic expert to interview. To prepare for the interview, students examine topic background information as well as identify interview goals. Last, students review aspects of what makes a great podcast interview as well as any other background research for their expert to interview. (60 minutes)

Evaluate.

Students evaluate questions for the podcast interview to create a question guide for the interview. Students should use the 5 Ws to generate questions that identify knowledge gaps or consistencies with expert interviewee.  (30 minutes)

Create.

Students record the expert interview using a cell phone/audio recording gear and use Adobe Audition to edit the interview. Students will focus on editing  the interview’s main points while editing out any unnecessary dialog or noise. Students follow these steps, can use this guidance, and can examine an example here. (90 minutes)

Share.

Students share their finished recorded interview with the instructor.

Steps for Students

In this strategy, you will interview a subject matter expert and edit their interview for a podcast. You will do foundational  background topic research to create a question guide, gain experience recording an interview with an expert, and edit the interview using Adobe Audition. 

Adobe Audition promotes digital media skills and activates critical thinking and assessment as well as meaning-making using. This project contributes to your body of knowledge of a particular subject area through multimodality. 

Steps:

1. You  will focus on a contemporary topic expert to interview. To prepare for the interview, you will examine the topic background information as well as identify interview goals. (60 minutes)

Read The Art of the Podcast Interview to learn what makes a great podcast interview in addition to conducting the background research on your expert.

2. Based on your research, create a question guide for the podcast interview. You should use the 5 Ws and 1 H (who, what, when, where, why, and how) to generate questions that identify knowledge gaps or consistencies with expert interviewee. Example questions could be: (30 minutes)

  • Who are you and what do you do?

  • Why is this topic relevant to your expertise?

  • What is your unique perspective with this topic?

  • What is a single point you would like the listener to understand from this podcast interview?

3. Record the expert interview using a cell phone and/or audio recording gear and use Adobe Audition to edit the interview. Your focus is on identifying and editing  the interview’s main points to create a narrative, and also to edit out any unnecessary dialogue or noise. (90 minutes)

For guidance on using Adobe Audition, check out these steps. Be sure to review the rubric prior to beginning to ensure you understand the expectations.

4. Share your finished recorded interview with the instructor or use it as part of a larger podcast production strategy.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' podcasts.