INFORMATION AND STRUCTURE, 40 PERCENT: Does the podcast tell a compelling story or teach us something new and important? Is it structured in a way that makes sense and keeps listeners engaged? Can we easily follow the story you're telling or the information you're explaining? Have you spent time editing — cutting out unnecessary information or repetition and making sure the main ideas come through clearly?
PERSONALITY AND CREATIVITY, 40 PERCENT: We want to listen to this podcast and hear your voices. Do we hear the unique voices of your class and community? Does it have personality, or does it make us want to fast-forward? Does it make us laugh or cry or leave us deep in thought — feel something? That's what we're looking for.
PRODUCTION, 20 PERCENT: I'm not judging you on how fancy your equipment is and don't expect you to be an expert on recording and editing sound, but we hope you'll make an obvious attempt at a smooth, polished final product.