The end of my grad school career is in sight – just a few more months until you can kindly refer to me as Jenny Dupré, Master of Interactive Media. My favorite part of this experience has been the forced creativity. Through my classes, I’ve had to create and expand and be ok with not being great at things, and then feel the rush of completing a project anyway.
Of course, all this professional and academic creativity doesn’t leave a ton of emotional energy for personal pursuits. I began thinking about that fact when I realized I was only three classes away from finishing my program at Quinnipiac. How will I continue to stretch my creativity once I don’t have to turn in assignments?
The very obvious answer was podcasting. I have truly enjoyed learning about audio recording and editing, it feels like it has far fewer moving parts (read: things to mess up) than shooting video, podcasts are basically the only type of content I consume anymore, and the best part is… I don’t need to talk to anyone to do it well.
I was very pleased to find that when I began my content creation course this fall, our assignment was to choose one dream content creation project and make it a reality. How serendipitous is that? So, I set about to pitch my podcast idea. Over the coming weeks, I’ll record the process of bringing this idea to life with a fully-realized first episode of my new podcast: Convergence & Consequence.
The big idea:
I’m a sucker for highly researched storytelling. Bonus points if the research can be delivered in a fun or interesting way. I basically only watch documentaries and podcasts. And frankly, I really only consume what many might consider fringe content – true crime, addiction, aliens, people behaving badly throughout history, etc. I wanted to be able to talk about the creepy stuff I love, but I didn’t want to be pigeon-holed into one topic, or retread the same very well-worn podcast paths. That is how the idea of coming up with a theme broad enough to encompass many different topics came to me.
There have been moments throughout history when separate and distinct storylines converge to change the course of the human experience. That is the theme of Convergence & Consequence – seeking out those stories and looking at the who, how, and why of these history-altering moments.
While I plan to focus on recording and producing only the first episode for this course, I decided it would behoove me to research and outline the first three episodes. Roughly, they are:
Episode 1: How the Lost Generation found themselves in Paris
A look at how the most influential authors of Modern Literature found themselves living and creating together in 1920s Paris.
Episode 2: How the Golden Age of Serial Killers hit California
Twenty-nine serial killers operated in the state of California alone during the 1970s. I’ll dive into what made this time and place so attractive for these brutal men and women to show their true colors.
Episode 3: The many motives of America’s Founding Fathers
No taxation without representation? The idea that all men are created equal? A way to stake a claim of the new American dream? Or an opportunity to reinvent himself in the French Court? Let’s explore the varied motivations of the men who led the American Revolution.
Week one deliverables:
This week I created a preliminary research bibliography. I spend some time scouring the internet to seek out what resources I will use during this three-episode journey. Some are about podcasting best practices while other resources dive deep into the subject matter that I hope to cover. That bibliography can be found here:
I also created a full proposal for my podcast which includes more information about my plan, deliverables, projected audience, and me – the host. It can be found here:
Want to get an idea of what I’m listening to this week to get my brain all stretched out for creating my own podcast? Well… here are links to get your brain stretching as well: