Anatomy of a Podcast with Adobe Audition

Students explore how production impacts narrative using Adobe Audition
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Anatomy of a Podcast
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About This Strategy

In this 2-hour assignment, students approach an understanding of developing a relevant podcast as well as broadening their digital literacy skills by examining podcast production components. 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.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Audition
  • Editable Resource Bundle 
  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

120 minutes

Learn.

Assign a course-relevant podcast as homework. Examples could come from National Public Radio  or from the sciences, arts or popular culture.  Begin class with students discussing two podcast elements - content and presentation, comparing and contrasting the podcast content with their own knowledge of the podcast content. (30 min)

Evaluate.

In class, use the Audition podcast template to visually illustrate production and discuss creative/story/interview decisions while listening again to the assigned podcast.  Review the work product rubric. (30 min)

Create.

Students investigate the anatomy of a podcast by identifying the key components using the Audition podcast template to break down the production. Students follow these steps and can examine an example here. (40 min)

Share.

Students share and reflect on the interview and production decisions. (20 min)

Steps for Students

In this strategy, you will be taking on the role of a junior radio/audio producer (the person in charge of developing, recording, and editing a radio or podcast segment) to understand how production impacts narrative using Adobe Audition.

Because Adobe Audition is a simple yet powerful audio production tool, your podcast will be a professional production as well as a fun way to research a topic.

Steps: 

1. Your instructor will assign a course-relevant podcast for you to listen to prior to class. Examples could come from National Public Radio  or from the sciences, arts or popular culture. Be prepared to discuss the content of the podcast as well as the production of the podcast. (30 min)

2. Using the podcast template in Adobe Audition, audit the podcast by identifying the key production aspects of the podcast. Template components include the host, guest(s), music and sound effects. Using this information write a summary elaborating on the interaction between the production components (i.e. host, interviewee, music, etc.)  and story/narrative to better understand how production impacts narrative. Guidance for this summary should include:

  • What was the podcast theme/topic

  • What was the podcast episode theme/topic relation?

  • How did the guest(s) contribute to the podcast?

  • How did the podcast production aspects interact and contribute positively to the podcast narrative? How did the same elements negatively contribute to the narrative? (60 min)

For more guidance on using Adobe Audition, check out this tutorial. For inspiration, check out this student sample.

3. Share summaries and discuss findings in class. Reflect on what you have learned.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

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