Team 1 – Feedback

A podcast where we speak about research methods, reliable sources, and their importance.
The podcast can be published on either Youtube or Spotify, through the app “Anchor”.
– A mixture of opinions and researched information, formatted as a conversation with certain recurring segments.
– Advice based on our own experiences.
– Once a week publication, around one hour long.
– Segment where we analyze the reliability of a speech or essay.

Would you listen to such a podcast?

Wouldn´t miss it5

How interesting can this podcast be for students?

Very interesting7
Somewhat interesting3

Which topics should be included in the podcast to make it attractive?

Choosing good topics and good guests are the two hardest parts of putting together a high-quality podcast. The truth is that the relevance of topics can make or break a podcast. The real question to ask here is not which topics should you be including, but rather, what topics are relevant to the people who you want to speak to? – Are you trying to target fellow high schoolers as an innoculation against fake news? – Are you interested in speaking to people who are very rational and to provide them skills to break down common conspiracy theories (perhaps when they encounter them from their family or friends?) – Or, are you trying to reach conspiracy theorists and bring them back to reality? Each of these different groups will have different interests and you will have to tailor the delivery so that they are maximally receptive to hearing what you’re saying. But, having this clear idea of who you are speaking to, and rigourously designing your topics, guests, and episodes to appeal to that audience is a good way to be successful in creating a podcast.
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I think there would need to be more of a hook to get students to listen. It feels a bit school-like right now. So maybe use pop culture examples like Meghan and Harry or Britney Spears.
Valid Personally relevant Interactive Revision possible
I think, from my own experience, that I find the best podcasts to be those that surprise me and make me re think in a new way about something I think I already know about. So… Tackle topics that are super familiar to you and dive deep into them.
Items that are in the news, particularly those sensationalized by headlines that do not accurately reflect the truth. – personalities from the sports and entertainment industry that are rightly or wrongly accused of things – quick fixes to weight lose; muscle gain; etc. (Love to know if they actually work) – Covid (understanding studies, vaccines, etc.) – climate change – how do we live without fossil fuels; the true impact of renewables
The Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory – Debunking fact and fiction
Speech or essay is one thing how about news headlines and fraudulent past case studies for example smoking campaigns by doctors
A discussion on how the omission of information in otherwise truthful sources can lead to a skewed perspective, and used as a type of manipulation tactic.
May want to include guests or leaders who are trying to address within their sector, region, etc. What have their learnings been…what about the power of a movement……
When you read about research study results, it is important to consider things such as sample size, sample bias, reliability, transferability of results, confidence levels +/- margin errors. You can use advertising in magazines as examples. If you look carefully at ads for cosmetics or weight loss program results, this is a good example.
Could include a dissection of popular or current events. MUN offers great opportunity for discussion but is not always relatable to a wide audience of young or old listeners. Popular or current events are relatable to a wide audience and still offer opportunity to weave all of the discussion points around POV, bias, fakes, manipulative language and reliability of info.
Hot topics in social media, or global news or new media.
~An exploration of the importance of non-violent communication and why we need it in these mighty days as information inundates 24/7. ~how to handle too much information; creating strategies and tools to filter and distill down the information you are looking for ~how the brain, the nervous system, and the body are affected by negative news and information overload
Social , fashion, climate change, creative minds; art, design, etc
You could use big news stories across the world as they come up and dissect the point of view, why they are news stories, who is telling the story and why, and the impact of the story. or come up with some stories that should be headlines but are not and why are they surpressed.

Any other comments or suggestions that can help us further develop our project.

I love the idea of exploring common myths and misconceptions. We’ve had Snopes and Mythbusters and many other examples of popular media projects centering around busting myths. So, there’s definitely an audience out there that would be interested. However, one thing to consider is how you fund this project. Podcasts are A LOT of work, especially to maintain quality, and to promote them. Within the industry, most media projects would be expected to take at least five years to recoup the initial costs of starting the project (costs are recouped usually through advertising, sponsorships, advertorials, product placements, etc). Nowadays, we do have more options, such as Patreon, or just setting up payments pages on a website. However, it will be tough (but absolutely not impossible!) to get enough funding to pay your talent and ensure the project keeps going. The vast majority of podcasts are labours of love, a small handful of podcasts may break even, but there is only one Joe Rogan show. So, you should start thinking ahead of time about the question of money, what success looks like for the podcast, and building a roadmap of how you get there!
Although not in the age segment to which to intend to design, I would be very interested in listening to the podcast!
There’s always a new angle, some piece of missing information, some new point of view about almost anything. Look for that. Look for the original voice of the protagonists of each of the issues you research. Congratulations and the best of lucks to you all!!
‘- Think about a MVP (minimum viable product) to see what interests people – check with your market about the ideal length: most of the podcasts that I listen are around 30 min. Do you have the right length? maybe ask when and where your audience listens to figure this out. eg. if the audience listens on the bus ride to school, maybe 20 min is the right length. For example, Ted talks are 20 min. – What format? eg. panel, interview, speaker’
Try one or two podcasts and see what happens… Get some feedback, adapt it!
Video + audio
If you are discussing specific topics that are known to have a lot of false information surrounding them, it would be interesting to hear how some of the common misconceptions came about. Where/why did they start? How did they evolve to where they are now?
I think that it is a vitally important topic to cover and it should have more of a presence for the leaders of tomorrow (ie. youth). Love it.
I would not listen to this podcast because I am not your demographic and I don’t see myself making this a priority in the time I have available. However, it is an interesting project. It might be compelling to take some examples that are in every day life. For example a. How to tell what is fake news surrounding political events such as elections. b. How reliable is online news reporting these days? Where are the gatekeepers to fact check sources, information and context? c. Is the verbiage used a sign of fake news? Are the words used inflammatory, overly descriptive, opinionated vs fact? d. I think it would be informative to examine ads to see how the headlines try to influence purchasing behaviour with claims based on very small or not reliable data. Cosmetics are notorious for this. e. What should you look for in an academic research study? Why do some academics dispute the findings that other researchers publish? f. So you have figured out information is fake or unreliable? Now what? How can listeners of your podcast fight back against this? Best of luck – the fact that you have a group of students from different countries will also give you some interesting and perhaps differing perspectives.
Once per week is an aggressive schedule. Be sure to pre-produce a few segments so you are ahead of thing upon launch. Consider if the podcast is visual (YouTube distribution) or audio (Spotify) – the production approach for each is very different and so is the consumption. Audio is typically consumed while doing other things, video requires more dedication. Audio can be cut and rearranged after recording so you get the most interesting story build. Video can’t be cut as much but gives great assets for promotion. Etc.
to make the above proposal easier to read, make the font size the same in all of the boxes. The topic of discussion font is very small and is harder to read. Bes if luck with the podcast
I am excited to listen in and experience this.
Start small and build up… pick five topics that somewhat link together as topics for five weeks. Bring the theme of ‘fake news’ or critical thinking though each. Here is a link to a concept: