Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Podcast of the Year

Hilary at PodCrawl keeps my students and me informed on happenings in the world of Podcasting. Hilary “scours the web for the best” in independently – no less professionally – produced audio feeds available online. Podcasting (though admittedly only in the strictest sense as beginners) finds it’s way into the writing course I teach at Purdue as yet one more way writers can compose themselves for the 21st century. Students begin as "readers" by surveying recommended feeds and aggregating those they find of interest, and then, as the course progresses, some of the students try their hand at adding voice to their own writings (see Rita’s post here for example). It’s a modest beginning, and when it all comes together, it’s pretty darn cool!

This week Hilary points us to the “Best of Show” awards that are being announced from the Portable Media Expo taking place this weekend in Ontario. If you’d like to sample the polished work of one of the best in podcasting, check out the winner of this year’s “Podcast of the Year” award: Eat Feed, an audio blog that “takes you back in time, across the country, around the world, and back to your own table” in ongoing discussions about “pretty much anything to do with food, drink, dining, feeding, and entertaining that is tasty, innovative, intelligent, and surprising.” … a great next “find” along the way on this digital adventure. Thanks (again), Hilary, for your work as guide, and congratulations to the creative team at Eat Feed for the award and the due recognition.

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