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Podcasts

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Podcasts

Record an audio production which includes both spoken content and sound effects.

Description

This category includes any sort of audio production which includes both spoken content and sound effects. Programs must have a thumbnail graphic that would be used to advertise the podcast and a musical introduction that helps draw the listener in. Programs may be any length but only the first ten minutes will be judged. 

Subcategories

Procedures

All entries, from conception to final product, must be written, directed, and produced by the students entering the production. However, there is no age limit on the actors or performers who appear in the production. Each entry must have a title graphic and include acknowledgement of any copyrighted material. Copyright material can be submitted on the entry form instead of being part of the recorded entry. Entries must be submitted digitally on the school entry form. Links can be generated from students’ Office 365 accounts and other web platforms.

Helpful Hints

We prefer that all entries are submitted using the student’s Office 365 account. Students can locate their files in OneDrive. From there, click on the file’s three dots and choose the “Share” option. Students should choose the option “Anyone with link” and UNCHECK the allow editing box. This link should then be copied and pasted into the student’s online entry form at http://www.wcpsmediaexpo.com/.

All Podcast entries can be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or Office 365 Stream.

Judging Criteria

Content Achieves Purpose

The element of content deals with the overall choice of subject matter. It should be appropriate for the purpose indicated. It should be timely and well thought out. It should have a purpose and theme and should satisfy a personal or informational need. Will anyone care about the content of your production? Is the subject or idea big enough to sustain the entire program? Is the story or message clear?

Content Suitable to Audience

The element of content deals with the overall choice of subject matter. It should be appropriate for the audience indicated. It should take into account aspects of the audience including age, gender, knowledge on a subject, etc. Will the specified audience care about the content of the production? Would the story or message be clear to the audience?  

Creativity/Originality

Provide fresh, interesting insights into the subject of your program.  

Organization/Structure

Show evidence of planning and choice through all parts of your production as you focus on achieving the program's purpose. Show that the information or story is paced and developed in a way that keeps viewers interested and helps them understand your meaning.

Overall Effectiveness/Presentation

Does your program heighten audience attention and interest? Does the program touch human emotions or feelings? When the program is over, does it leave a meaning with the audience? Does it grab the audience’s attention?  

Appropriate Design Techniques/Resources

Have you used the media opportunities available to you to their maximum effect? Did your choice of medium suit your purpose? Show evidence of planning and choice through all parts of your production as you focus on achieving the program's purpose. Show that the information or story is paced and developed in a way that keeps viewers interested and helps them understand your meaning. A media production is like a puzzle. It has lots of pieces such as sound, effects, transitions, etc. When you combine all these pieces, they should fit together to make one overall impression of technical skill.