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The media serve a vital role in our society.
Often, they expose injustices that bring special attention to vulnerable and less fortunate populations of people. As we have discussed in class, the media have changed and evolved dramatically over the years.
In this project, you will learn what it is like to be a media producer. You will engage with the challenges of telling stories in different media. You will do research, applying the “ways of skeptical knowing” to present reliable and credible information.
Topic and Focus: CHOOSE A SOCIAL PROBLEM / DILEMMA
Theme/Topic: You will choose a topic for coverage, creating media for the common good that seeks to explore a social problem or dilemma. You will produce an example of this concept by focusing on a social cause/dilemma in a way that offers resources and solutions that can save or improve lives.
You will create a Wordpress Website, or another site on a free platform of your choice.
You will work to create a page on your Wordpress portfolio website. Your goal with this website page is to provide your audience with an understanding and perspective on your topic. How is that topic covered in the media? What holes in the coverage can you address? What resources could you provide the public for getting more help or information on the issue?
You will use text, audio, video, and photos to inform visitors to your Wordpress site.
Items to be on your webpage:
*Note: This is a major research project as well as a media production project. Make sure you are thorough in your research.
Polls can be helpful indicators of public opinion.
|Content||Original research and experimentation||Industry/trade trends, products, and news||Current events, opinions, and general information|
|Look||Plain, long articles, may contain charts and graphs||Glossy, contains photos and industry/trade related advertisements||Glossy, contains color photos and everyday product advertisements|
|Authors||Experts in their field||Industry specialists or staff writers||Journalists/reporters, staff or freelance writers|
|Audience||Professors, researchers, students||Members of the particular industry or trade||Anyone|
|Language||Academic and technical||Jargon of the industry||Written in a language for anyone to understand|
|Documentation||Footnotes or bibliography||Occasionally contain cited sources||References may be mentioned in text|
You'll be able to find a lot of these resources online. However, not all their content is free.
The Writing Center is staffed by DelVal undergraduate peer tutors who help with writing assignments in all your courses. We view writing as a process that involves planning, reading, drafting, revising, and editing—writing with substance involves discovering your meaning through brainstorming, sharing, and getting lots of feedback.
Tutors help you gain a fresh perspective on the writing process, and can assist with any stage of the process: choosing a topic or working through writer's block, generating ideas, creating an outline, sharpening a thesis, arranging and organizing paragraphs, citing correctly and fluently, editing grammar and mechanics, and more.
Instructors receive a copy of the tutor report completed during the session, to illustrate your engagement with the writing process and meeting the demands of writing across disciplines.
Services are on a walk-in basis, so no appointment is necessary. Schedules are posted in the Writing Center, on Inside DelVal, and on professors' Blackboard course pages.
Tutors look forward to working with you!