Podcast Reflection 2:Chess

This podcast’s development process was unorthodox due to adjusting to remote collaboration. Group podcasts are inherently a group effort with constant communication and meeting; however, due to the situation, our opportunities to meet and speak face-to-face were nonexistent. We problem solved and found that the most effective way to produce a coherent podcast despite our geological differences was to divvy up the work more. Rather than multiple people working on a script, editing, and working separately on the same task, we found it easier to allocate responsibilities. With the most experience playing and studying Chess, I managed the brainstorming and script writing. Sadie took in the rough draft and edited, brainstormed, and finalized the script for all of us to record our lines separately. Giovanni, the tech-genius himself, took in all the voice memos and produced the final project through careful editing, leveling, and clipping. Throughout the process, we communicated via FaceTime and texts to explain and let each other know about executive decisions.

Primarily, we really wanted to tell a understandable explanation of a complex game while demonstrating the intense probing players complete during a game. Through lengthy, the description of the board and how certain pieces move was necessary for the analysis portion. To reconcile the monologging, I tried to spice up the script with different pop-culture references to keep the audience engaged. Through citing musicians Bob Dylan, Taylor Swift, and Drake, then cinematic events such as Avengers Endgame and Harry Potter, we wanted to reach as broad a group as possible. Obviously we recognize the listeners are likely in our class, but we still believe the change in tempo and voices was an effective hook. Next time, we aim to cut down on the excessive explanation in order to leave more room for analysis and prose.

Despite the challenges we faced with our spacial restrictions, I am super proud of this podcast. The group collaborated and responded to timing-issues with grace; for example, despite not being able to find a unanimous time to speak as a group, we collectively FaceTimed with each other at least once each day during the three-day process. Our communication was paired with understanding for the other group members. Recognizing that we’re all in this situation together and at the same time certainly helped us collaborate more effectively. I think we developed our group skills the most during this podcast and I’m looking forward to our third and final one!

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