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Research Guides@Tufts

FMS45: Media Literacy Podcast Project

Setting up a successful collaboration

Successful collaboration comes from clearly articulated roles and responsibilities for each step of the process.  To help create a smooth and productive production experience it can be helpful to agree on what equitable collaboration will mean for your group. 

Who are the key players and what are their roles?

Does someone own the vision and editorial leadership of the project?
Who is the funnel to keep the project focused?

Where do the ideas start and how do you determine content?

How do you create a safe space for generating and sharing ideas?
Who makes the final editorial call?

Dividing up the work

There are a variety of ways to divide up the work - what matters is that everyone in the group agrees regarding how content is being determined and how labor and responsibilities are being divided. All members should monitor distribution of responsibilities and a channel for vocalizing concerns of imbalance should be established.  One way to divide up the work is to assign group members specialized oversight of a specific process.  Some roles to consider are:

  • Someone tasked with doing background research
  • Someone tasked with gathering sound/doing interviews
  • Someone tasked with gathering music
  • Someone tasked with working on voiceover copy
  • Someone tasked with audio editing

Collaborators and Consent

When establishing partners and collaborators be transparent about your goals with the project.  Make sure those you are speaking with or about have knowledge about the context of your work.  Pay careful consideration to who you are choosing to collaborate with and whose voice you might be leaving out.When interviewing, be transparent about options guests have when it comes to participation.  You should always have release forms for those you interview to guide this process. Some options to make participants aware of are:

  • The participants ability to review notes, transcripts and other data collected during the research pertaining to their participation
  • Their ability to decide whether they can be quoted directly and how much is quoted
  • The usage of a pseudonym when quoting
  • Timeline for publishing and sharing
  • Details on publishing formats and access
  • Their ability to revoke consent in the future