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Purpose
 What is your motivation for this podcast?
 Why are you communicating?
 What do you hope to achieve by creating...
Audience
Generate a list of audience characteristics.
Audience
 Imagine your audience members at the moment they
encounter your podcast.
 What attitudes or moods are they lik...
Context
 How do you expect people to listen to your podcast?
 How will your audience access this?
 What might be your a...
Drafting a Statement of
Purpose
 Look at what you have written about your sense of
purpose, audience, and context, and wr...
Drafting a Statement of
Purpose
 Look at the one-sentence explanation you just wrote and ask
these questions:
 Does the ...
Question(s) & Content
 What main question about a text/theme from the class
will your podcast address?
 How will you mak...
Talking Points
 What are the three to five points that you want your
audience to remember when you finish?
 How can you ...
Talking Points & Class
Materials
 What text (s) or materials from class will you be
drawing on?
 Did you use any outside...
Preparing your podcast
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Preparing your podcast

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Preparing your podcast

  1. 1. Purpose  What is your motivation for this podcast?  Why are you communicating?  What do you hope to achieve by creating this podcast?  What do you hope your audience will do or feel or think after having experienced the podcast you will produce?  If there is some event or situation that made you want to communicate with others, describe it in as much detail as possible.  What would be the best possible outcome of the podcast?  What would be the worst possible outcome?
  2. 2. Audience Generate a list of audience characteristics.
  3. 3. Audience  Imagine your audience members at the moment they encounter your podcast.  What attitudes or moods are they likely to be in, and why?  What might they be thinking?  Why should they be interested in your communication?  Why might they be disinterested, or hostile?  Filter your list. Cross out any characteristics that you can’t see as shaping your audience one way or another toward what you hope to achieve.  You are making this podcast for other ENG 101 students – but are they your only audience? Who might be your secondary audience?
  4. 4. Context  How do you expect people to listen to your podcast?  How will your audience access this?  What might be your audience’s expectations?
  5. 5. Drafting a Statement of Purpose  Look at what you have written about your sense of purpose, audience, and context, and write one or two sentence summaries of each.  Write a one-sentence explanation of the relations among your purpose, audience, and content. Use this as a draft of your statement of purpose.
  6. 6. Drafting a Statement of Purpose  Look at the one-sentence explanation you just wrote and ask these questions:  Does the explanation show how your purpose is tied to your audience’s characteristics and the communication contexts you have identified?  Does this explanation make clear what the best possible outcome would be for your effort to communicate?  Does this explanation make the clear the main things that could go wrong with your attempt to accomplish your purpose?  Does this explanation describe your responsibilities to other people as you move forward with this project?  Use your answers to these four questions to turn your one- sentence explanation into a paragraph – or more – that ties together your purpose, context, and audience.
  7. 7. Question(s) & Content  What main question about a text/theme from the class will your podcast address?  How will you make the text/topic clear to your audience?  Do you have a tentative answer currently? If so, what is it? How did you reach this answer?  Why do you care about this particular idea or topic?  To whom does this topic also matter? What people are affected by this topic?
  8. 8. Talking Points  What are the three to five points that you want your audience to remember when you finish?  How can you explain or connect these talking points?
  9. 9. Talking Points & Class Materials  What text (s) or materials from class will you be drawing on?  Did you use any outside texts?  How do these texts connect with or contribute to your talking points?  Do you have complete MLA citation information for each of these materials?

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