NU-Q podcasts increase search
Students and professors at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) collaborate on the production of podcasts that explore topics related to science journalism, philosophy and immersive digital technologies.
“These podcasts illustrate what northwest Qatar is: a community of academics and storytellers contributing to the production of knowledge through innovative media in the region and beyond.
“These projects help develop practical skills in digital media while engaging students to become creative academics through research on a variety of topics,” said Marwan M Kraidy, Dean and CEO of NU-Q.
While developing podcasts, students and faculty conduct research and interviews, write scripts, and oversee all stages of content creation and production, including recording, editing, and production of the episodes. . Students also use their digital marketing and social media skills to distribute and promote the podcasts on various platforms.
In a podcast, The Science Journal, a group of student researchers, along with Professor Anto Mohsin, who teaches science and technology studies, create podcasts to explore topics in science and journalism and how they play out during the pandemic. of Covid-19. Throughout the podcast, host students discuss the art of science storytelling and tackle contemporary science topics – from STEM education to science communication – with academics, scientists, communicators, and journalists.
“The good thing about podcasts and other forms of creative media is that they have helped democratize the production of and access to scientific information and the dissemination of knowledge,” Mohsin said. “The more popular science coverage is available in a society, the better that society can become.”
In another project, students William Lugoloobi, Raghdan Alhennawi, and Jannah Collado took an interest in philosophy and launched The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Philosophy podcast to explore social, political and cultural topics around the world through a philosophical lens. Together with Torsten Menge, professor of philosophy at NU-Q, they produce podcasts that examine the ideas of notable thinkers and philosophers throughout history and present them to a wider audience.
“A lot of people think that philosophy can only be done by studying ancient and complicated texts,” noted Menge. “Podcasts are a great way to show them how philosophy can be used to think about things that are going on in the world around you. “
A third podcast, Digital Doha Podcast, explores the media landscape in the Middle East and is funded through a Qatar National Research Fund project. The podcast is a series of conversations with local designers and media professionals on the use of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies in academia, filmmaking and research. From discussing virtual reality framing techniques to taking a behind-the-scenes look at making a virtual reality documentary, the podcast examines how immersive media is changing the way the world provides and consumes content, both for entertainment and learning.
Professor Spencer Striker says that student participation in the project highlighted the benefits of interest-based learning experiences by allowing students to use their skills to contribute to a larger topic of interest to them. “Projects like this encourage students to collaborate to do the things that interest them most and apply their skills in all aspects of digital media production, from production to editing and media management. social, ”he said.