Testing A Final Project

Testing: The munchies: Supported by science

Read it here: https://medium.com/@lilcrumbnut/the-munchies-supported-by-science-23bb8b785b19

To test the effectiveness of the story we analyzed each other’s pieces separately and then reconvened to discuss in person.

Shayna’s narrative covers stoner folklore. Through a 13-minute podcast, she interviews 5 people. The question she asks is how the munchies affect different people in different ways.

Her expert source is a doctor and a “bud tender.” The doctor answers the question of the affect of weed on the brain, while the “bud tender,” describes the different strains of weed.

The story was told largely through audio, an embedded SoundCloud player, with text to support it. Through sound effects, colorful interviews, plenty of voices and good editing Shayna’s story is an interesting, compelling narrative that takes a serious look at a colloquial topic.

The problem this story looks at is how to look at the topical concept of the “munchies,” or experiencing hunger and cravings after consuming weed, and how to create a scientific explanation of the phenomenon that was supported by user anecdotes.

This piece received positive feedback from readers. Third-party listeners who listened to her podcast enjoyed the narrative. Suggestions included adding in more sound effects and making the podcast an even 15 minutes to accommodate common travel times for students between classes.

The reader always finished the story. They largely found the story applicable to their lives. This is a topic of interest to her audience of college students. The length was just long enough to fill the majority of their gap between classes, which is 15 minutes. The time-length and topic are what made the story a success.

Improvements that could be made include creating a stronger accompanying text. Readers did not typically read the text under the podcast that explained the story line, but said they would be more apt to if the text was broken up into smaller grafs.

The parts of the story that were most effective were the expert sources. While the other sources provided color, the expert sources and supporting scientific evidence, such as her study from the Journal of Neuropharamacology, is what made this story unique.

The expert sources and information provided unique information that typical readers did not previously know. This is what made the story interesting and drove the narrative forward.

For more stories by Shayna Tanen visit her medium page at: https://medium.com/@lilcrumbnut

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