Stories are powerful. They can move people to action, be triggers of change, transform understanding, and alter how we see ourselves and others in the world. But our ability to tell stories is fundamentally tied to our ability to leverage details, to provide information in engaging ways, and to situate people in a representation of an experience. And so, it is to stories, and the telling of stories, that we now turn.
In this assignment, students will create a podcast that tells a story (i.e., a narrative) about a topic, figure, or issue related to the intersections of rhetoric and sports (as we have framed it in our class discussions). But to be able to tell a story, students must first investigate (i.e., research), gather artifacts, collect media elements, and the like that will help enhance their narratives, add depth and development to their story, and provide nuance and a richness to the final podcast production. These podcast creations vary widely in the topic and focus, style and approach, but they are, at their core, intended to be stories (and the telling of a story).