Week 2 : Oral Storytelling

Agenda:

  • (Oral) Story Telling (ppt, uStream1, uStream2, Vaun’s Vodcast)
  • Writing for the Ear
  • Discuss/pitch possible projects
  • Technologies: RSS, Bloglines/GoogleReader, WordPress, iTunes

Writing For The Ear

Tips from Kathy

“Reading most long sentences is like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall.”
~ David Clark (Writer)

More “Shows”

Possible Projects
(We have 14 students per survey but only 10 registered. Ideal team size is four.)

  • Communications Dept.
  • MSN – Corey
  • Nordstrom or Mariners – Jonathan
  • South Lake Union – Josh
  • Washington Wine Show – Matt
  • NonProfit Fundraising Project – Y

See Radio Days for an example of the steps in a project like this

Technologies:

  • Bloglines or GoogleReader
    • Technorati or this blog’s blogroll
    • Subscribe to 3-4 blogs that relate to this course
  • RSS (RSS In Plain English)
  • WordPress (next week)
    • Examine blog design for usability
    • Must have widgets: categories, links (blogroll), archives, “meta”
    • GMT (-7) instead of (-8) — must annually adjust for DST!

Assignment!

  • Subscribe to at least two podcasts that publish at least once/week
  • Post to your blog – by Monday at 9 pm – the list of blogs and podcasts. I’ll make a directory.
  • Look at this page — if your URL is wrong, send me an email!

Next Week:

  • If you want to produce a “draft” podcast on a topic of personal interest, bring a recording of your voice (3-4 minutes) next week. There is no requirement that you to do this, however, as I’ll be providing voice and sound files. We’ll spend most of our time together becoming familiar with the software for editing sound. If you want to use your own laptop — bring it!

Where to find podcasts:

Other Resources:

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5 Responses to Week 2 : Oral Storytelling

  1. Nate Hull says:

    Three common elements for a valuable/useful story

    Listenable: no “ums” and “likes”. Also, audio quality isn’t poor — doesn’t distract listener.

    Actionable / “how to” information: listener comes away with practical information or advice.

    Relevant to the listener: the storyteller knows what is interesting and compelling to the listener.

  2. Nate Hull says:

    Three common elements for a valuable/useful story

    Listenable: no “ums” and “likes”. Also, audio quality isn’t poor — doesn’t distract listener.

    Actionable / “how to” information: listener comes away with practical information or advice.

    Relevant to the listener: the storyteller knows what is interesting and compelling to the listener.

    –Nate, Vaun, Sarah

  3. Josh Lackey says:

    Terry, Josh and Yijen’s Group.

    #1 Subject matter needs to be relevant to the audience.
    #2 The presenter should maintain credibility.
    #3 The information should be new and interesting.
    #4 The tone/voice/point-of-view.

  4. khall33 says:

    Here are Matt’s and my ideas for what’s important to a story:

    Audience Relevance
    A Goal
    An Obstacle
    A protagonist
    It must be well told
    It needs to have some sort of entertainment value

  5. cvellis says:

    Elements of a good story from Chris, Corey and Garrett:

    Should include descriptive and appropriate language that provides attention to detail in a succinct manner.

    Should include engaging content that is culturally and socially relevant

    Should have a beginning, middle and end – Conflict resolution

    Should raise questions as well as answers them

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