One of your weekly mini-assignments will be to make a list of the top ten media
stories internationally and in Canada. These lists will be condensed and a selection
will be used to form the themes for the group project web sites.
Select a top news media story for the theme of your website:
Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls
2015 Canadian Election
2016 USA Election
Black Lives Matter
Surveillance (ie, Edward Snowden)
Research Groups and Sub-topics
You will self-organize into groups with five members and each group will choose a general topic from the list above. You will meet regularly during and outside of class times, to focus the topic, select the sub-topics for each member, organize/design the web site presentation integrating each member’s sub-topic into the general theme and prepare a bibliography. The bibliography or citation will be a separate page on your website.
Research Objective & Annotated Bibliography submitted by email. Due Monday February 20th.
Each group member will write a 250-word research objective focused on the content of their sub-topic theme; also, a 250-word summary of research plans (ie, steps to accomplish the website); and an annotated bibliography of five bibliographic sources that best represent the research you will undertake. Each annotation should be approximately 200 words. (Citations are always single-spaced. Annotations can be double-spaced. Check MLA style).
Choose a sample sub-topic media theme for your individual research:
Dominant culture; Visual culture; Celebrity culture; Activist culture; Social media culture; etc.
DRAFT Web Site due Monday March 20. Final Website has been extended to Monday April 3.
Each group will make a web site to represent their research findings. The website must include both visuals and text. The draft web sites will be presented in class; and, followed with a final web presentation in class. DO NOT simply PRESENT THE RESEARCH MATERIALS—instead synthesize the material into a coherent original web presentation.
This is a GROUP project, and will be marked as such, with 15% falling on the group performance, cohesion, etc. and 10% on individuals (including the Research Objective & Annotated Bibliography assignment due Feb 27) - this project is 25% of your final mark. If a member of the group is not doing their share of work as a GROUP member, they will be marked entirely separately.
Group Project: Website Themes
Social Movements and the Media