Due: Monday, 12th January
Listen to the first 7-10 minutes of the pilot (first) episode – The Alibi – of the recent, globally award-winning podcast Serial. From personal experience, I have been totally addicted from start to finish, of this real-life narrative. So have millions of die-hard fans around the world over the last twelve weeks.
Either download and listen to it via a Podcast app (phone/ipad etc.) or use the website: http://serialpodcast.org/ remember to listen to The Alibi.
B Grade: What were your first impressions of the Podcast? What features would you say that make up a podcast? How did the narrator sustain the listener’s interest? Would you say the podcast is most effective when there is one (narrator) or two (e.g interview-style) people involved?
A Grade: From your experience of the podcast, evaluate whether you think this form of Journalism is effective. Do you feel that the focus for the podcast is one which should be covered, or do you feel, as some have criticised it, as being ‘shamelessly exploitative’ (given the sensitive nature of the subject, i.e. a murder case)?
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.