Assignment 5: Podcast

Assignment Instructions:


  1. RECORD VOICE in a new window
    • Write a script of 5-6 sentences related to media literacy and citizenship.
      • The first sentence should introduce the topic.
      • The second sentence should give some detailed information, opinion or fact.
      • The third should introduce a sound bite that you will add/record in the next step (saying something like “Jad Melki says…” Note: that later you will add a sound bite of Jad Melki saying “media literacy helps people become more informed and therefore better citizens”).
      • The fourth-fifth sentences should give more details, opinion or fact.
      • The last sentence should conclude.
      • Record each sentence on an independent track, by hitting record and then STOP (not pause) for each sentence.
      • Example:
        1. Media literacy is an academic movement that started 50 years ago in Europe.
        2. Unfortunately, media Literacy teaching and research remains lacking in the Arab world, despite the many benefits it may offer to Arab societies.
        3. A-U-B professor Jad Melki even notes that media literacy can help Arab citizens better understand their civic and political rights.
        4. Melki and other academics at the American University of Beirut have been working on launching a media literacy academy that targets the region.
        5. The Media and Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut aims to promote and elevate media literacy education in the Arab east.
        6. The Academy launched at the American University of Beirut in August 2013.
  1. EDIT AND ADJUST audio level for what you recorded
    • Highlight the areas you want to delete and hit delete on your keyboard.
    • Highlight the areas you want to add a filter to, then apply a filter: Effect>> Amplify
      • The first filter you should apply is “Amplify.” Just choose it and let the program calibrate the best level.
      • Try out other filters.
  2. ALIGN your voice tracks
    • Use the double arrow tool (in the top-left corner) to move any track right or left.
    • Leave shot (around 1-to-3-seconds) silent gaps between each of your sound bites and at the beginning before the first sound bite.
  1. ADD A SOUND BITE to support your argument
    • Either download this MP3 audio that I recorded and add it after your 3rd sound bite (where you say Jad Melki says…).
    • Or record your own sound bite from one of the professors at the academy.
    • Or download a relevant sound bite of the Web.
      • Import the file to audacity: File >> Import (wait till it converts and loads).
      • Clean up the sound bite up and cut away the parts you don’t need (keep it short, 10-15 seconds maximum).
      • Position it after your third sound bit using the tool you used above.
  1. IMPORT music:
    • Download LEGAL music from the following Creative Commons web source (try to find some “ambient” music):
    • Import the file to audacity.
    • Keep the music on a separate sound track and clean/cut it.
    • Start the music 3 seconds before your first sentence/voice starts, and keep it going 3 seconds after you last sentence/voice ends.
  1. ADJUST the overall volume for the music and sound
    • Make sure your sound bites and voice are clearly audible and significantly higher in volume than the music, and by adjusting the overall volume for each track using the levers on the left of each track.
    • You can alternatively use FILTERS >> Amplify.
  1. ADJUST the volume within each music segment
    • This step allows you to bring the volume of the same segment up/down at certain intervals. Use the double triangle tool (top-left). The goal is to bring the music up when you are not talking and bring it back down when your voice or a sound bite is running.
    • For the beginning and end of the music, you’ll need to insert TWO “key frames” only:
      • At the beginning of your story, have the music start loud and then dip when you start talking. At the ending, have the music go back up when you finish talking.
      • Click once at the beginning of where you want to start the volume up/down and again where you want to stop.
      • Click-hold the small white squares that appear and move up (for volume up) or down (for volume down).
    • For the middle, you’ll need three keyframes.
      • In the middle between sentences or sound bites, have the music go up and then down again when the talking begins again.
      • Insert a key frame right after the talking starts, another right before it starts again, and a third in the middle.
      • Adjust the middle button to bring the volume up by lifting the small square up.
  2. EXPORT the whole as MP3
    • FILE >> Export As MP3 (make sure you save it somewhere accessible on your flash drive or personal network drive).
  3. UPLOAD to your Soundcloud account.
  • Create a Soundcloud account if you do not have one.
  • Go to “Dashboard”
  • Go to “Upload and Share”
  • Click “Choose Files”, select the file you want to upload.
  • Fill the Title, Description, and Tags boxes
  • Choose the “Public” option
  • Save and check your “Dashboard” to make sure the track has uploaded. Click play and listen to it.
  1. POST your Podcast RSS feed to your wordpress blog
  • Embed the Soundcloud post in the wordpress blog:
    • In Soundcloud, click on the “Share” (top left corner)
      • Click on the “WordPress” icon.
      • Click on “Customize your player”
      • Make some customizations… and copy the code from the bottom box.
    • In WordPress, create a new post “HTML” mode (not the “Visual” mode)
      • Paste the Soundcloud code in the WordPress post…
      • Publish/update your post.


Use these resources to download and convert video/audio from online sources like YouTube:

Links to Completed Assignment:

1. Bushra Jamil:
2. David Ibrahim:
3. Rama Kourieh:
4. Qais Qazzaz:
5. Fadel Al Badrani:
6. Azhar Sabih:
7. Mohammed Bassiki:
8. Maream-Jena Halim Nabut:
9. Fahed Akroush:
10. Christina Aoun:
11. Sandra Whitehead:
12. Leen Issa:
13. Fatima Masri:
14. Joudi Sabra:
15. Pina Ghoussoub:
16. Dina Hussein Agha:
17. Batoul Karbjha:
18. Aya Alayan:
19. Hussein Kassab:
20. Mohammed Khraisat:
21. Arabi Masri:
22. Abdallah Mobaideen:
23. Meray Abboud:
24. Serene Srouji:
25. Georges Rishan:
26. Hazem Salha:
27. Mohammad Kallas:
28. Raghda Mugharbil: