We actually decided to do a podcast on FiveThirtyEight at the beginning of the semester because we thought it was a very interesting form of new media that was largely based on statistics. For this podcast, I was the assistant producer. Anwesha made the outline of the podcast and gathered the materials, while I would review the outline and discuss with her about how to structure the podcast to make it more interactive and more evidence-based.When I first saw Anwesha’s outline, I was very interested in her idea of storytelling with substantial data. So I gave her a suggestion that why not we talk about an interesting story that was very compelling because of using data? And that was when we came about the “three monks’ story”.
Our primary goal of this podcast was to show how in this new media age, storytelling could be more accessible, interactive and compelling when it was combined with data. And FiveThirtyEight was the best example to talk about. This point was illustrated in the podcast when we were talking about the Trump poll or the Death Map on FiveThirtyEight website. Also, we cited the idea “collective intelligence” from Henry jerkins’ work to illustrate stories’ credibility.
I believe we have done well on two learning outcomes. The first one is rhetorical composition. Before considering that the podcast would be uploaded onto iTunes, we wrote the podcast script more like an academic essay. Later we realized that we need to make it more interactive, so we used “storytelling”.(Incorporating “three monks” story in the beginning)
The second one is collaboration. During the recording process, we had some troubles with the microphone, but we used our collective intelligence and finally spent twenty minutes fixing it.
I believe our strength in this podcast was critical thinking. While discussing the outline, we polished out arguments several times to make them more logical and intriguing. But the problem of this podcast, I believe, was that it needs more detailed evidence to support the arguments. Also, we might talk too much on the background of FiveThirtyEight at the beginning of the podcast, which was a long introduction.