Adventures in podcasting

–from BJ Roche

Sometimes a production comes together in ways you couldn’t have imagined.

In Writing for the Web, the assignment was to write an essay for This I Believe,

Students had to write a three-minute essay and then produce a podcast in Garageband, using a musical bed or sound effects, whatever additions they liked. Here’s what Mary Leah Assad came up with. I think you’ll agree that the combination of music and essay works extremely well.

Journalism Major Mary Leah Assad’s podcast: I Heart Barack Obama


About journalismprof

Steve joined the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in August 2007 and has been working to incorporate multimedia across the curriculum. Since arriving at UMass, Steve has developed three courses modeled after his multimedia journalism course. The courses allow students to work in teams in a newsroom-like environment where they work on packages -- using video, audio and photos to tell stories. He is also working with students on developing, a news Web site staffed completely by students. Steve has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and reporter for print and online publications, including 10 as an editor at He also edits part-time for with the NFL and college football network.
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