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Audio Storytelling Toolkit

Lessons to amp up your podcast stories from our partners at KUOW RadioActive

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Not sure how to get started with podcasting or producing a story for On Our Minds—our Edward R. Murrow Award-winning podcast by teens, for teens? Not to worry!

We've partnered with KUOW's RadioActive program to share their audio storytelling learning resources. When you are ready, head over to the ACTIVITIES tab above to pitch YOUR story for season 4.


Interview Like a Broadcast Journalist

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1—Audio Story Interviewing Lesson Plan

Students will learn active listening and interviewing best practices—then practice with digital audio recorders. They'll also get to know one another.

Shape Your Story

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2—Storytelling Lesson Plan

Students will learn to identify a story’s beginning, middle, and end. They will then reflect on what makes a great story, and do an activity to find stories in their own lives and community.

Write For the Ear

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3—Writing for Radio Lesson Plan

Students will learn the differences between writing for radio broadcast and for print. They also learn what a “lede” is, and practice writing a lede for well-known fairy tales.


Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information.

Source: American Press institute


The people who read, watch and consume news. Often, journalists think about audience and newsworthiness in similar ways. How will the news story serve their local or national audience? Who am I writing the story for and why?


A conversation between two or more people where the purpose is to gather information and facts. The interviewer asks questions and the interviewee provides information based on their knowledge about a specific topic or issue.


A digital audio or video file or recording, usually part of a themed series.

Podcast Segment

An audio story within a podcast episode

Audio Scene

A recording of something going on (versus an interview).

Note: Think b-roll but for audio.


A description of what your story might be and WHY it’s important. An outline of your story idea and the steps to achieve your goal. A summary of what you hope to accomplish in your story

SOT (Sound on Tape)

Generally considered to be audio captured from an individual who is on camera, like an interviewee and may also be referred to as a soundbite.


A word-for-word document of what was said in a conversation or interview

Writing - Research to Build and Present Knowledge

Constructing Supporting Questions

Explain points of agreement and disagreement experts have about interpretations and applications of disciplinary concepts and ideas associated with a supporting question and explain how supporting questions contribute to an inquiry and how, through engaging source work, new compelling and supporting questions emerge. (NCSS D1.3.9-12 - D1.4.9-12)

Speaking and Listening - Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Demonstrate technical support related to media production (e.g., broadcast, video, web, mobile).

Empowered Learner

Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. (ISTE)

Demonstrate writing processes used in journalism and broadcasting media.

Demonstrate the use of basic tools and equipment used in audio, video and film production.

Writing - Text Types and Purposes

Creative Communicator

Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. (ISTE)

Gathering and Evaluating Sources

Whether students are constructing opinions, explanation, or arguments, they will gather information from a variety of sources and evaluate the relevance of that information. (NCSS D3.1.9-12 - D3.2.9-12)

Plan and deliver a media production (e.g., broadcast, video, web, mobile).

Demonstrate technical support skills for audio, video and film productions.

Writing - Production and Distribution of Writing

Speaking and Listening - Comprehension and Collaboration



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Online Worksheet


Mobile Phone


Estimated Time

Varies (45 - 90 Mins)