Podcasting fellowship

Students interested in political communication, podcast journalism, youth political engagement, sociology and international relations are invited to apply by Oct. 2 to be one of two Palestinian American Youth Civic Engagement Fellows.  

The PAYCE Civic Podcasting Fellows complete a significant audio project in civic storytelling and podcast production.

Learn how to tell and help others tell stories about how young people do politics. Create podcasts on stories about politics, rights, civic engagement and more as part of PAYCE, a binational curriculum initiative to foster deeper understanding of youth civic engagement.

PAYCE offers up to three students on campus the opportunity to serve as PAYCE Fellows in Podcast Storytelling for Civic Engagement.  Work with students from six U.S. and Palestinian campuses.  You will learn about young adult civic engagement, audio storytelling, and audio editing with Audacity software.  The site of the workshop, Drake University, is nationally and internationally recognized as an important location for citizen political engagement. Must be available J Term 2018 and for a Tuesday late afternoon class Spring 2018. Before you apply, please carefully review details about the PAYCE program below. Questions can be directed to darcie.vandegrift@drake.edu.

PAYCE Civic Podcasting Fellow Requirements:

  • Participate in up to 10 hours of virtual exchange in November and December 2017. Includes two real time video conferences, discussion boards, listening and reading preparation, and email exchanges.
  • Attend workshop Jan. 4-19, 2018 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa (USA) with university students from four U.S. campuses and two Palestinian campuses. Expenses paid and independent study credit available.
  • Mentor peers on your campus within a faculty course in Spring 2018. Use the skills learned in workshop back on your campus. Work with campus faculty and Drake faculty to help your peers tell stories about civic engagement and politics in your city. Your work will contribute to an international curriculum on young adults and civic engagement. PAYCE Fellows will be expected to have availability to work intensively with peers in a university course during spring 2018; the commitment will involve approximately 30 hours over a period of three to five weeks during the semester. Ideally, Scholars will also enroll in the course of the participating faculty.
  • OPTIONAL: Invited for summer institute June 19-23. The PAYCE summer institute will gather faculty and students to discuss curriculum implementation and plan strategy for future civic engagement initiatives. Scholars selected to attend will be invited and have expenses paid by the program. This is not required.

Desired qualifications and characteristics:

  • Ability to arrive on time and stay until the end of the workshop. Willingness to implement the curriculum with on-campus faculty member in spring 2018
  • Interest in and knowledge of how young adults (age 15-30) participate in advocacy, politics, social issues, and other forms of civic engagement
  • Previous experience with Audacity or similar audio editing (desired but not necessary)
  • Interest in listening to other young adult experiences and telling stories about them
  • Interest in comparing Palestinian and American political systems and how young adults interact with them
  • Respectful of others’ opinions
  • Takes initiative, works collaboratively and independently
  • Good English comprehension
  • Excellent ability to provide and receive feedback
  • Willingness to become knowledgeable of the workshop goals and objectives.
  • Confidence to ask clarifying questions to ensure a successful creation of audio podcasts

As a scholar, you will receive:

  • Opportunity to develop meaningful connections with students and faculty from Palestinian and American Universities
  • Learn about a typical and significant U.S. site for studying American politics where the U.S. presidential race begins (Des Moines, Iowa)
  • Skills in interviewing, audio editing, crafting clear stories, supervising projects.
  • All expenses paid for travel and costs related to workshop
  • Possible independent study college credit (3 hours) from their home campus.
  • Connection with a transnational network of peer tutors working together in Spring 2018 and Summer 2018.

How to Apply

October 2 deadline. To apply, send resume, including one academic reference from your campus, and letter of interest detailing qualifications and why you are interested in the PAYCE audio project and civic stories podcast curriculum to Darcie Vandegrift (Darcie.vandegrift@drake.edu).

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