Assignments.
You have four graded assignments in this class:
5 Media journals.
2 Exercises.
1 Presentation and Discussion.
1 Midterm Exam.

In your journals, exercise summaries, and Presentation and Discussion notes should I expect correct in-text and bibliographic citations using MLA citation methods. If you are unsure how to do correct citations in MLA format, please refer to the ‘writing resources’ page on our website.
Failure to properly cite will result in points off.



Media Journals
Due each Sunday evening by 11:59pm. (July 14th, 21nd, 28th, Aug. 4th, 11th + 18th)
You are required to complete 5 total journal assignments.
Use this form as the template for your journals.

Each Sunday, you will turn in a 400-500 word journal about a media object experienced outside of class, applying the concepts we discussed in class that week.

• I'm looking for you to be very specific about the media you experience. Take notes. Be accurate about names and titles. The more specific you are, the better your grade.
• Be specific about the ideas from the readings you are applying to the media. A brief verbatim quote from the reading will help your grade.
• The journal is more than a collection of notes. It should be posing a question or making an argument.
• You must include proper citations in your journal, both in-text and bibliographic.

You must complete 5 total journals. You may choose any 5 of the 6 possible journals. You may choose to do a 6th journal to replace one of the previously submitted 5. This will be due on Aug. 18th at 11:59pm. Please be clear about which journal you are replacing.


Exercises.
You have two exercises, one at the beginning of the semester and one at the end.
Both of the exercises have a written portion and an in-class presentation. In order to get full credit for the exercise, you must do the required research before the day of exercise, you must participate fully in the group analysis, and you must contribute to the presentation.
The written portion is due at 11:59pm the day of the exercise.

Wednesday 7/3
Exercise #1: "Media use across time"
For this first exercise, you'll choose a 4-6 hour period and note all the interactions you have with media.
• Choose a continuous 4-6 hour portion of your day.
• Take detailed notes of every relation you have with some sort of media. Be specific!
• Include every interaction: this means media that you interact with personally, or with a group, or in public space, or that you accidently see or hear.

Your presentation and written component should address the following questions:
• For each media interaction you had, state how you interacted with it (were you paying close attention? paying half attention? trying to ignore it?) and why you interacted with it.
• Did you do anything with the media that you aren't supposed to do with it? Did you use the media exactly as you believe it is intended to be used?
• Propose an argument for you use media. What are your patterns? What did you notice that you hadn't before?

Wednesday, 8/14
Exercise #2: "Making media"
For this final exercise, you'll produce some media. We've spent the session talking about media, and for this exercise, you have the chance to bring all the thinking you've been doing to bear on a media text that you create.
You are encouraged to think about 'media' as widely and creatively as you wish. You can make a 'traditional' media object such as a video, photo, or sound.
However, I encourage you to be creative in the design of your media text. One example would be a sidewalk chalk drawing; you are welcome to think even further out than that.
There are no wrong answers here, as long as you are able to address the five aspects of media outlined below.
These are the five aspects of media we've been stuyding this session. These five topics should be the basis of both your presentation and written summary.
Message. What are you trying to convey to your audience?
Medium. What medium did you choose? Why did you choose these medium over any other for your message?
Audience. Who are you trying to reach? Why did this audience need this message? Why is this medium the best choice to reach this audience?
Users. How did you assume your audience would use your media? What did you do to direct their use?
Effects. Did you take note of any effects of your media? Were you able to measure your impact at all?

Make sure you have some documentation of your media text; this could be the object itself, or it could be a photo/video/audio recording of it.

On Wednesday 8/15 you'll present to us your media text. Make sure you address each of the five aspects. In addition, you'll submit a written summary to me by 11:59pm on 8/15.




Midterm exam
Your midterm exam will consist of short essay questions. You will have the whole class session on 7/24 to complete it.


Presentation and Discussion

Once during the semester, you will be present and lead a discussion on a media example of your choice. Your presentation and discussion should be 8-10mins in total.
Your presentation and discussion will have three parts:
• Present us with a media example. This should no longer than 2mins.
• Analyze the media using concepts and theories from the readings for your presentation week. You must be specific and precise.
• Propose three open-ended questions and lead a discussion with the class on those questions

Your grade will depend on how the precision and depth of your analysis, the connection to the texts, and your successful leading of the class in discussion.

You are also required to submit a set of organized, correctly-cited notes on the day of your presentation. Failure to submit will result in points off your grade.

7/11
Presentation and Discussion A.
• Peyton Cullaton
• Sultan Alzaabi
• Karan Kwatra

7/18
Presentation and Discussion B.
• Century Mccartney
• Yaowen Joey Zhang
• Yasmine Blaylock
• Farah Alfahad
• Kim Noe

7/25
Presentation and Discussion C.
• Josh Irish
• Tyler Spott
• Zachary Bresnick
• Gauri Natarajan
• Tyson Walker

8/1
Presentation and Discussion D.
• Jill Piano
• Sheng Tommy Fan
• Quirin Emanga Noupoue
• Vito Cubrilo
• Chris Burkhart

8/8
Presentation and Discussion E.
• Samantha Martin
• Majed Fitaihi
• Mariam Al-Angari
• Dan Peter