Here are some components to consider when you are analyzing podcasts.
1. What type of podcast is this?
This is important to consider because:
A podcast, like a news story, should balance both sides of an argument in order to minimize bias. You can assess this by considering:
A podcast should be neutral. In order to assess bias:
Good podcasts should let the audience know and comprehend the personal feelings, tastes, and opinions of the podcaster(s) on an issue or subject.
In podcasts, opinions that the podcaster expresses should be balanced with facts. To see if your chosen podcast is doing this, focus on whether:
6. Representation, Ethics, and Credibility
In order for a story to be ethical, the subject must be represented fairly. Ethical podcasts usually rely on interviews, facts, and information that is already available. Additionally, a credible podcast will use information from credible sources.
Adapted from Lumen's Writing 102 - How to Analyze a Podcast - Authored by Marc Watkins; Provided by DWR: CC BY-SA
Additional components to consider when evaluating (or creating) a podcast
Good podcasters know who their audience is, know what they are looking for, and how content can unify their audience.
A well designed podcast is usually very intentional about structure.
This is an element that is difficult to quantify but is often a key character in how effective a podcast can be.
Good podcasts tend to come out on a regular basis.
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