Extra Credit Opportunity

bfworld-centered-no-nameAs most of you know by now, historian and podcaster Liz Covart will be visiting campus on Monday, November 7 (details here). To encourage you to listen to her podcast in preparation for her visit, and to give you a chance to learn a bit more about media and communications and earn some extra credit, I’m offering the opportunity to listen to and write about one of the episodes of Ben Franklin’s World that relates to the history of media and communications.

Of the 100 episodes that have aired, 11 have featured a topic related to our course (including at least four on Franklin himself!). So the first step is to choose one of those episodes to listen to. In order to spread you out across the episodes, no more than two people may work on one episode.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Go to this spreadsheet and sign up for an episode.
  2. Listen to the episode. You can do so straight from the Ben Franklin’s World website, download it from your favorite podcasting app, or go full-force and download the BFW app.
  3. Write a blog post of about 600-800 words. You should include in that a brief summary of the discussion (no more than 200 words), and then respond to the episode. You may raise questions, highlight points of particular interest, or otherwise engage with the discussion with the guest historian.
  4. You may comment on one another’s posts as part of your regular commenting credit for the course.
  5. You must complete and upload your post by Friday, November 4 at 5pm.

Completing the blog post will earn you one point (i.e., a 1% bonus) on your final grade.

If you have any questions, please let me know. Happy listening!


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