Urban Communication| Learning the City Through Stories: Audio Documentary as Urban Communication Pedagogy

Daniel Makagon, Mary Rachel Gould


In this article, we critically examine audio documentary at the intersections of urban storytelling, community-based learning, and urban communication pedagogy. We argue that audio documentary is both a research method and mode of storytelling production that can help students and listeners creatively learn about urban life. First, we focus on the intersections of urban communication and documentary in an effort to frame how documentary offers unique opportunities to learn about urban life and culture. Second, we argue that audio documentary production courses offer students experiential and community-based opportunities to learn about and do urban communication.


urban communication, audio documentary, experiential learning, pedagogy, community-based learning

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