For your first writing assignment, please choose one medium we will be covering this semester (books, magazines, radio, news, television, film, video games, Internet/etc.). First, research that particular medium and in a concise and well-organized response address the following:
Give a brief overview of the medium addressing its history, important people, and important events.
o Who are the key players in the development of the medium?
o What were the major factors contributing to the growth of that medium?
o When did that particular medium really take off?
o What has communication research told us about the impact of this medium?
Explain why the understanding the medium’s history is important to the study of mass communication.
o How has the medium influenced other media?
o How has policy or society changed because of this medium?
Choose a specific example from medium and analyze it using a media literacy strategy (5 questions, framing analysis, critical analysis of corporate ownership).
o This may be a specific television program, a film, a social networking site, etc.
Discuss the future of the medium.
o Where do you see this medium in 10 years? 20 years?
All papers must have a clear, introduction, body, and conclusion. All papers should be app. 3 pages, typed, double-spaced, and in 12-point font. You must include at least two outside sources in this paper. One source should come from a peer-reviewed journal. All papers must include in-text citations and a bibliography page. You must use APA style for your citations and references. You may use your textbook as a source for background information but you must have at least two additional sources.
Please submit using a .DOC or .DOCX file, or you can cut and paste directly into the assignment submission portal. Please, no Pages files.