Due February 17th by 4pm
(After you complete your audio documentary, upload it to YouTube. Put the link to it in a comment on this post, along with a short description of your topic, why you chose it, and your argument.)
Assignment: Create a short audio documentary on the theme of “hidden.” (Hidden history or otherwise.) It must include at least one interview with a person you DON’T know well (i.e. not just a friend of yours) and one example of NON-DIEGETIC sound. It must also draw on news sources from contemporary or historical newspapers. It should also address, if possible, a non-trivial issue. Use insights from the readings so far, as well as the CDS documentary resource guide, to help construct your audio documentary. Upload the final product to Youtube, and tweet it to me and anyone else you think should know about this “hidden” insight or issue you have uncovered.
Final length of the audio piece must be no more than 8 minutes. Edit it well—what you leave out will be just as important as what you leave in, and you will need to leave out a lot to cut it down to the required length. Audacity is a good free audio editing program. Hindenburg is better and easier to use, but costs a bit of money.
Things to think about: How do you find out about something that’s hidden? Why might you know about something that others don’t know about? (Perhaps your line of work, your major, the place you live, or other aspects of your identity. Mine these for topics: it’s easier to tell the truth about things with which you have firsthand experience.) How will you interact with the audience’s emotions, as well as their intellects? (People learn better, and remember things longer, when they have an emotional reaction to something.) How will you ensure you are telling the truth? How far can you get away from the literal truth without creating something false?
Upload your audio to Youtube, with full sources given for all media referenced and songs used. Cite these in a text overlay “video” or in the notes section. Do NOT use music that you do not own the rights to. If you cannot find rights free music, rely on Youtube’s rights-free music library for now: https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music
Once you have uploaded your audio to Youtube, post a link and brief description (150 words or less) in a comment on this post.