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How do we amplify our voices and tell our stories? What is the role of independent media in the current political climate? How can podcasting be a tool for social change? We'll explore all these questions and more in this comprehensive podcast seminar. The course will begin with in-depth analysis of various types of popular (and student- favorite) podcasts: from Serial to Fresh Air to 2 Dope Queens. We'll read academic essays on podcasting (and other relevant topics) to contextualize our responses to the various programs we listen to, specifically as it relates to independent media and social justice digital storytelling. After
getting a sense of the various types of podcasts that exist, students will start working on producing their own podcasts. Students will learn everything from digital recording and editing software, interviewing skills, promotions and marketing, hosting audio files, and creating a supplemental blog. By the end of the class students will have the pilot episode and foundation to continue to record their very own podcast.

Raechel Tiffe is a feminist media-maker and web-based journalist, activist, and co-host and producer of a popular weekly podcast, Feminist Killjoys, PhD. She holds a PhD in Critical Media Studies, with a minor in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies, from the University of Minnesota.

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School of Arts & Sciences