As you can see from the previous entry, I’ll be combining three learning threads (NPS History/Policy, Civil War Memory/Commemoration, & Interpretation/Digital Storytelling/Podcasting) in this quarter’s class.
One of the questions I’ve already received is this: what exactly is the project?
We will work directly from NPS guiding documents, focusing on three that you’ll find in the resources section in the right-hand column: the NPS report to Congress entitled Holding the High Ground, the NPS’ Civil War 150th Anniversary Vision Statement, and the NPS media plan Civil War 150th: Podcasts. Holding the High Ground. Each quarter (3 month period) during the four years, one of the 16 themes will be featured and the three monthly audio podcast episodes that quarter will directly tie to it.
With the caveat that all projects can (and often do) morph during the development process, the following represents what we’ve envisioned as the first iteration.
After some initial thought and discussion, what we’d like to create a detailed plan for 48 monthly audio podcasts over the four years of the sesquicentennial. These would directly tie to the 16 interpretive themes established in
In the plan, we will make specific recommendations as to possible parks and specific stories to feature, toward a goal of having no repeating parks/stories and at least 48 different NPS units represented. This will give us three specific podcasts to highlight each one of the 16 themes, spread out over four years. If time allows, we will also research, write, and record at least one model podcast.
This leaves us with some initial direction but a lot of room for creativity, too. Will the final plan resemble this first iteration? We’ll see!
Any initial thoughts?