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JOUR12-100: Podcasting and Audio Narratives May 2022 [Standard]

General information

Audio is an intimate and fast-growing medium, rich with authenticity, credibility and spontaneity. In this subject, you will learn how to find, plan and report audio stories for radio and podcast audiences. This work will include writing clear, conversational stories; capturing rich sounds, scenes, locations and voices; recording voice and natural sound; editing and mixing; writing and scripting for audio; layering sound effects and atmosphere; publishing in on-demand digital formats; and pitching to media outlets. Through in-class exercises and assessment, you’ll explore a range of creative audio formats including newscasts, news stories, interviews and audio features/documentaries and you will leave with a portfolio of audio narratives. You will also explore radio and audio theory and traditions and how podcasting is changing the media landscape.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:JOUR12-100
Subject title:Podcasting and Audio Narratives
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

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Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: As successful completion of this subject is heavily dependent on participation during all scheduled sessions, attendance will be monitored. 'Class Participation' does not equate to 'Class Attendance'. Merely 'being there' is not sufficient to fulfil the following criteria: contribution, collaboration, preparation, cultural sensitivity, and initiative. Most sessions build on the content of the previous one. It is difficult for a student to recover the information if a session is missed. It is the responsibility of the student to view the recordings of the weekly live sessions in order to catch up on any content missed and to complete set work outside class. In addition to synchronous sessions, students should plan to spend a minimum of 84 hours undertaking preparation/out of class work/personal study for this subject. This is intended as a general guide only for workload planning and more time may be required depending on factors such as the familiarity of the content. Please note: If you study on-campus, always bring your laptop to class. When you participate in the online sessions, always choose a private quiet place, with reliable internet and working microphone and camera, as you will use them regularly for class participation and activity.


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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Find, plan, research, structure, write and produce creative and compelling audio stories and publish across platforms.
  2. Harness established and emerging digital technologies to record, edit and distribute audio stories.
  3. Recognise and exploit industry trends to develop audio career opportunities and apply audio storytelling to a range of professional disciplines.
  4. Identify niche interests to develop voice and personal brand as an audio storyteller.
  5. Critically evaluate audio stories with an awareness of theory, tradition, cultural contexts and the storyteller’s ethical and legal obligations.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Discussion Listening Diary: Written (worksheet) and oral reflection on weekly listening tasks. 25% Ongoing 3, 4, 5.
Assignment Podcast or audio interview segment, with radio news segment. 30% Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4.
Assignment Documentary or narrative podcast/audio segment, with atmosphere or sound effects. Assessment includes a draft script and the final audio product. 45% Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Policy on plagiarism

The University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

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Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Audio and radio traditions and the ways podcasting is changing the media landscape; opportunities for audio storytellers; industry contexts: audience and publishers.

3, 5.

The types of podcasts (monologue, interview, conversation, narrative) and audio reportage (news story, newscast, documentary, interview).

3, 4, 5.

Planning and storyboarding your narrative.

1, 3, 4.

Microphones and recorders; audio file types; microphone settings; sample rate and bit depth.

Studio and field recording; capturing atmos; getting the best from your interviews; sound problems and how to avoid them.

1, 2, 4.

Structuring a story for pace, balance and atmosphere; narration as audio ‘glue’; writing intros and outros; audio signposts and transitions.

1, 2, 3, 4.

Casual, clear reporting to building audience connection and atmosphere; developing your own aesthetic/brand; vocal credibility and delivery.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Editing, mixing vocals, audio plug-ins, layering atmos and SFX.

1, 2, 3, 4.

Pitching to industry or self-publishing a digital-on-demand story or series.

1, 2, 3, 4.

The legalities of recording; copyright and ownership; accessibility; ethical storytelling, editing and publishing.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Approved on: Mar 10, 2022. Edition: 1.4