Blog Assignment #2

DUE 9/16 BY 10:00 AM–Make sure you email me the link to your blog, just in case I miss yours in my Blogroll

For your next blog post, I want you to compare/contrast one of the songs/videos I showed in class for the Early Music section with a song that you like from the modern era. (All of the songs I showed in class are listed on the D2L Course News page). Discuss, in approximately 350-400 words, how the earlier song influenced the modern song you’ve chosen, and how that influence manifests itself. Detail how the style of music has changed, and speculate on why the style of music has evolved over the years. I recommend posting links or embedding audio/video of the song you’ve chosen so that your readers can have a frame of reference. NOTE: You should not pick any of the artists that I’ve shown in class for your modern music selection (No Rolling Stones, Beatles, David Bowie, etc.)

In addition, for full credit, you should follow at least three other student blogs. (If you’ve forgotten how to do this, come see me during my office hours or send me an email). I will check the blogroll on your homepage to make sure you’ve followed some of your fellow students. If you have already followed some of your fellow students, this requirement has been met.

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Blog Assignment #1

This should be an easy assignment: I want you to write about yourself. In about 300-500 words, describe yourself, your interests, and what you want to focus on in your blog. You should provide some links to pages that you enjoy, and these should be relevant to your “news beat.” For example, if you want to focus on sports, you should provide links to sports-related pages; if you want to focus on music, give links to bands or music sites you enjoy; and so on. (Information on how to do this is on the course news page of D2L.) Give the readers an idea of why you want to focus on your particular area of expertise and some basic background on your experience in it. This will be a PAGE, not a POST; this will appear on your About page, not the main page for your blog. (If you are confused about this, please email me ASAP. You may also visit me in my office in C0134.)

Keep in mind, you should not reveal your full name to comply with FERPA rules (You should include your first name on the About page, though, so I’ll know whose blog I’m reading/grading). Also keep in mind, this is on the web, and other people will be able to access your page, so don’t include anything that you wouldn’t want to share with the world (credit card or social security numbers, embarrassing stories, your address or phone number, etc.).

Once you’ve completed this assignment, email it to me through D2L or to nicholas.morris@frontrange.edu. Your grade for this assignment is tied to your overall blog set-up grade (25 points). You must have this emailed to me by 10:00 a.m. Tuesday September 9. Late submissions will not be graded (as stated in the course syllabus).

Blog Assignment #8

After carefully reading the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics (p. 426), find and provide links to at least two stories that demonstrate either compliance with or violation of the Code. Specify how they comply with/violate the Code, providing specific reasons to justify your assertions. Entries should be between 350-500 words long

Blog Assignment #7

DUE 4/15 by 11:15 a.m.

For this assignment, find an advertisement related to your topic. This can be a commercial, a public service announcement, or any other type of ad. Then, in 400-600 words, analyze the advertisement using the media literacy critical process.

1. Description: Ideally, you should post the image/video/other form of media on your page. At the very least, you should embed links (following the process listed on D2L) so that readers can experience this advertisement for themselves. You should also include descriptions of specific aspects of the advertisement to introduce your analysis.

2. Analysis: What patterns or trends do you see? Why would the ad use these patterns/trends? What do you feel should be studied more closely? Be as specific as you can.

3. Interpretation: What does this advertisement mean? What is the company or organization that created the ad really saying? For what purpose have they created this ad?

4. Evaluation: Is this ad successful in its intention? Why or why not?

5. Engagement: What does this ad want you to do? Are you willing to do it? Why or why not?

Blog Assignment #4

Discuss a subject related to your topic. Provide at least 2 links embedded in the text (instructions on how to do this are under Course News on the class D2L page, and you can email me with any questions you have). If possible, tie your post to the medium of radio—in other words, how does this subject utilize radio coverage or podcasts? If you can’t find a direct link to radio/podcast, focus on how the subject is covered on the Internet and how Internet coverage influences the ability for people to research the subject. All posts must be at least 350 words long in order to earn full credit.

Blog Post #3

Due 2/18 by 11:15 a.m.

For your next blog post, I want you to compare/contrast one of the songs/videos I showed in class for the Music section with a song that you like from the modern era. (All of the songs I showed in class are listed on the D2L Course News page). Discuss, in approximately 350-400 words, how the earlier song influenced the modern song you’ve chosen, and how that influence manifests itself. Detail how the style of music has changed, and speculate on why the style of music has evolved over the years. I recommend posting links or embedding audio/video of the song you’ve chosen so that your readers can have a frame of reference. NOTE: You should not pick any of the artists that I’ve shown in class for your modern music selection.

Your First Blog Post

Now that you’ve set up your blog and written your “About” page, it’s time for your first blog post assignment.

You must email the link to your blog to me by 11:15 a.m. Tuesday 2/11

After reading Marguerite Reardon’s article “New Senate, House bills would restore Net neutrality,” use the Media Literacy Critical Process to respond. Responses should be between 400-500 words and posted on the home page of your blog. Use the Media Literacy Critical Process we’ve discussed in class, answering the questions listed below.

Media Literacy Critical Process Steps:

1. Description: What is this article about? What is being studied? What is left unsaid?

2. Analysis: What patterns do you see developing in this article’s coverage of net neutrality? What do you feel should be studied more closely? How might the issue of net neutrality affect your topic? Does the author favor one side or the other? If so, how does she make her position known? If not, how does she maintain objectivity?

3. Interpretation: Why does this article matter? Why should you care?

4. Evaluation: Does Reardon explain the issue effectively? Why or why not?

5. Engagement: What actions can you take to add to this discussion? How might they help others (either the authors or fellow readers)?

It is not necessary to write the questions in your blog post as they will not count towards overall word count. In order to get full points, you must provide specific details to back up any assertions. You are free to reference other articles/sources to support your points or respond to this article, but you must provide a hyperlink in the text to the author’s article (please ask me if you have questions on how to do this). You must also give credit for any images you use that are not your own or public domain.