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Podcasting in Journalism

Podcasting in Journalism

By Senior Communications Interns Cassidy Darcey and Alena Bitonti

Mrs. Cindy Bannon, an English department faculty member, recently made some technology upgrades to her Journalism classroom. She has been working tirelessly to create an atmosphere where she can incorporate instructional media into her students' everyday lessons.

“The digital landscape has been changing how we consume media,” said Mrs. Bannon. “I wanted to create a more modernized way to get out the news.” Very few of her Journalism students get their information through newspapers or the radio. Instead, they get their digital information from podcasts. So she decided to let her students create their own!

She credits her former Journalism students, Francesco Morabito ‘22, Kerith Watson ‘24, and Sonny Durkin ‘24 who originally pitched the idea for starting podcasts. Last year as a final project they decided to make their own podcast on Zoom because of limited recording equipment in the classroom.

They produced a fantastic project with six podcasts. Each student acted as executive producer for two episodes, responsible for choosing the topic, outlining the talking points and facilitating the discussion. Their efforts last year kickstarted the idea of creating a podcast studio in Mrs. Bannon’s classroom.

To do this, she put together a ‘wish list’ of equipment and software they needed; when the purchase was approved, they were off and running. Ms. Dana Sudsziarski, Director of Instructional Media and Technology, helped to install the software and connect the hardware.

Mrs. Bannon plans on using the podcast system in her Journalism classroom on a regular basis and has been working on expanding her knowledge of it.  It has been added as a final project option for Journalism I students. She welcomes other faculty members or students who are interested in reporting and podcasting to try out the new podcast system. 

Mrs. Bannon’s goal for the future is to incorporate video reporting into her classroom, as well as upgrade her podcast equipment. She would like to thank everyone that helped make this podcast system possible!

The Notre Dame Diversity Mass

We gathered to celebrate our annual Mass for Diversity on January 31. Father Jason Parzynski celebrated the liturgy assisted by Deacon Dr. Curtis Turner, Head of School for Saint Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland, who was also our guest homilist.

Mock Trial Competition, Academics

The Notre Dame Mock Trial Team competed on Saturday, January 28th in the Mercer County Mock Trial Competition. Both public and private schools participated in this event.

Semester Ends with Student Projects    

A semester of learning culminated in final projects presented by Notre Dame students. Mrs. Guy's Physical Computing and Robotics Class held a Physical Computing Showcase, Mrs. Houghton's Entrepreneurship Class held a grand opening for student-created businesses, Dr. Ingbritsen's Honors 4 Religion/Service Class experienced a Passover Seder meal and Ms. Wargo's Acting Class presented 30 Minutes of Chaos. 

Podcasting in Journalism

Mrs. Cindy Bannon, an English department faculty member, recently made some technology upgrades to her Journalism classroom. She has been working tirelessly to create an atmosphere where she can incorporate instructional media into her students' everyday lessons.

Meeting the Professionals

Mr. Aaron Bartuska’s Film Production classes had the pleasure of hosting three industry professionals this past week who came to speak about their experiences in the world of film. The expertise and knowledge they shared gave students an inside look at the industry.