Please note the deadlines below;
|Task||Due Date||Radio Students||Journalism Students||All other Students|
|0||11:59pm, 8th October||Introduce yourself by adding a post under the ‘Say Hello’ Category||Introduce yourself by adding a post under the ‘Say Hello’ Category||Introduce yourself by adding a post under the ‘Say Hello’ Category|
|1||11:59pm, 15th October||Write a blog post on the topic of ‘The Frankfurt School’ or ‘Media Theory’||Write a blog post on the topic of ‘The Frankfurt School’ or ‘Media Theory’||Write a blog post on the topic of ‘The Frankfurt School’ or ‘Media Theory’|
|2||11:59pm, 29th October||Write a blog post about either ‘Communication and Culture’ or ‘Communication as Interaction’||Write a blog post about either ‘Communication and Culture’ or ‘Communication as Interaction’||Write a blog post about either ‘Communication and Culture’ or ‘Communication as Interaction’|
|3||11:59pm, 12th November||Choose ONE chapter from Biewen & Dilworth (see online reading list) and comment on it, to illustrate how stories ‘connect to something larger….human to human’. (p 53)||You can pick either ‘Political Economy’ or ‘Hegemony, Ideology and Cultural Studies’ as a topic. Look at the relevant readings indicated for these weeks (e-reading lists via Blackboard, or Handbook). Connect these theories with your Magazine project experience.||Write a blog post about either ‘Political Economy’ or ‘Ideology, Hegemony and Cultural Studies’|
|4||11:59pm, 26th November||Choose at least two examples of digital stories (see module handbook for examples or choose your own). Write a blog, which critiques and analyses this work, in the light of academic writing around documentary and storytelling.||Discuss the theory on Public Sphere and its limitations to talk about the role of magazines in providing a platform for public debate. Are the ideas on media as the public sphere relevant to your experience of pitching and producing a magazine?
Critically discuss the theory on Spectacles and Simulacra in relation to your magazine project. How do reality and representation correlate in your work? How do you understand Debord’s claim that simulacra is something that “replaces the reality with its representation”?
|Write a blog post about either ‘The Public Sphere’ or ‘Spectacles and Simulacra’|
|5||11:59pm, 10th December||Write a blog, which analyses and critiques your own digital story (identifying, researching and producing it), with specific reference to academic themes from both Theories of Media & Communication and from Digital Storytelling, to demonstrate the key learning points.||Critically discuss how the Network Society theory helps to understand the new social order; are we less bounded by physical locations and borders, and rather belong to the “information society”? What implications can understanding of the Network society concepts bring to the practical magazine production?
What is the place and role of the journalists in the Surveillance Society? You may want to reflect on the issues of privacy and visibility, open data and participatory cultures, positive and negative assessments of ‘monitoring and being monitored’. Who is watching whom and for what reasons: critically assess the different modes of surveillance in the present day media environment.
|Write a blog post about either ‘The Network Society’ or ‘the Surveillance Society’|
When posting it is of the utmost importance that you select the correct category for your post to ensure your classmates and teachers can find it.