A project list–and the final project

On Facebook, Danielle asked if I would do a list of the projects for this class.  Most of the project assignments are already on this class blog, but I thought a single list might make a handy reference.  Especially since even I got confused and misnumbered the projects.

No. 1: Create a blog and for your first post, talk about communication styles.  How do people best reach you, and what platform—phone, email, text, social networks—would you use to communicate with whom?

No. 2: There were five choices, so they are too long to list.  But they are all on the class blog here.

No. 3: Write a post on the most interesting thing you learned this week about media, about the history of media, about the cultural effects of media change.  Elaborate on the idea, perhaps adding material of your own.  Original assignment post here.

No. 4: Find a case study on social media in action and write a blog post on it.  Original assignment post here.

No. 5: Write a professional blog post, something that might be publishable on HawaiiMagaine.com.  Make sure to include images.

No. 6: Create an html email newsletter.  Original assignment post here.

No. 7: Create a short podcast and post it to the class blog.  Original assignment post here.

No. 8: [This is mislabeled No. 7 in the original post, sorry.]  Find a web video that strikes you as both (1) quality work and (2) a sign of where video should go/is going in the future.  If you can contact the creator and ask a few questions, so much the better.  Post a link and your analysis of the work. Be prepared to talk about it in class.

No. 9: [This is mislabeled No. 8 in the original post, sorry.] Write a post and shoot a short video on a subject of your choosing.  If you can’t think of a topic, do one on the difference between text and video.  Or, best yet, choose a topic that illustrates the different treatments.  Due April 21.


No. 10  Final Project:  Be finished and prepared to present in class May 5.

You may assemble a team or do this project individually.  Find a topic that relates to the subject matter of the course: the effect of new media on communication.  Remember our three basic tenets:

  1. Changes in communication technology (from the advent of written language to social networks) are never neutral.
  2. Changes in communication technology create anxiety because they transform the society, the media culture and even the language itself.
  3. Changes in communication technology are ultimately positive, in the sense that they create more readers and writers, more access for more people.

There are lots of ways to go with the final project.  You want to find one that seems important to you and that is doable.

You could take a historical slant. For instance, the telegraph created as much change in the 19th century as the Internet in the 20th.  It transformed the language, changed journalism, and coupled with invention of the stream-driven web press created mas-circulation daily newspapers.  But that’s only one case.  Can you give some insight into the present by finding a similar situation in the past?

You could look forward. Innovation has been rapid in the digital realm.  What’s the future hold?

You may want to take a narrow slice:

  • What does Web 3.0 have in store for communication?
  • What do apps for mobile phones and tablet computers mean for traditional media?
  • What is the New York Times up to?
  • Will  apps transform magazines and other media properties?
  • Is mobile going to overtake the web?  What are the implications for society and the language?
  • Can you come up with your own provocative question and try to answer it?

Finally, you could examine the present.

  • Can you chronicle the anxiety created by the rise of social networks?
  • Can you document the changes in the language that are being created by the web, texts, social networks?
  • Can you come up with a guide to mastering media for the contemporary communications professional?
  • Do you want to chronicle the current troubles of traditional print and broadcast media?
  • Is there a question that will be helpful for you to answer in your coming career?

Here’s what you want to do:

First, what question will you be trying to answer?  Email it to me.  Are you working alone or in a team?  What will be your work product?

You will need your answer in at least two different media.  If there are two or three of you, try three or four different ways of presenting some aspect of the same material.

You can do posts, emails, podcasts, videos, anything you can think of.  Extra points for figuring out how to work social media into your presentation.

Be prepared to present your project interestingly to the class May 5.


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