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Week

Topics/Class Activites Work due at the beginning of class (unless specified otherwise)

1

6th Sept. (W)

Introduction to the class
Media/film curriculum: where are we now?

Boston Marathon Bombing from Patriots Day

 

2

11th Sept. (M)

Democracy and informed citizenry (D&IC)
Introduction to Paper 1

D&IC 1: Democratic communication
readlogo Voltmer “Introduction” (pp. 1-7)

D&IC 2: Performance and public space
readlogo Parkinson “Ch. 2 democratic theory, democratic performance”

Audience Research Project
Introduction

Boston Marathon Bombing from Marathon: The Patriots Day bombing (PBS/Boston Globe)

12th Sept. (Tu): Last day to add/register

Quiz 1
(Due 10th Sept. [Su] at 11:00 p.m.)
13th Sept. (W)

Audience Research Project

Clients' visit
Debriefing

readlogo
Hartley & Bruckmann pp. 222-228
readlogo Wimmer & Dominick pp. 48-50
readlogo Lichtman pp. 196-7


Democracy and informed citizenry (D&IC)
D&IC 3: Public culture
readlogoLucaites & Hariman “Introduction” (stop at p. 21)

Media effect theories
Introduction to Paper 2

 

3

18th Sept. (M)

Audience Research Project
Clients' visit—-backup date
Formulating problem

Media effects theories
Pick topics for Paper 2

Presentation for Paper 2 instruction
Grading rubric

lecturelogoOverview
readlogo Baran & Davis (B&D onwards) p. 5 from Ch. 1
readlogo B&D p. 11 defining theory
readlogo Papathanassopoulos “Introduction: media perspectives for the 21st century”

D&IC 4: Networked communication and informed citizenry
readlogo Cardoso “From mass to networked communication” (from the beginning to p. 121, 123-4)

Quiz 2
(Due 17th Sept. [Su] at 11:00 p.m.)

20th Sept. (W) - Class cancelled (instructor was sick)

Audience Research Project
Survey
readlogo Treadwell pp. 157-173


readlogo B&D p. 12 Postpositivist theory; p. 27 The era of mass society and mass culture; p. 47 The beginnings (all in one file)
readlogo B&D p. 29 A scientific perspective on mass communication; p. 67-69 Mass society theory

Watch interviews (pw: INT)
Re-watch teaser (pw: ET)

 

4

25th Sept. (M)

Media effects theories
lecturelogo Media Effects (traditions)

readlogo B&D p. 136-137 Overview (Ch. 6)
readlogo B&D p. 142 The two-step flow of information and influence

26th Sept (Tu): Last day to drop without a W


Quiz 3
(Due 24th Sept. [Su] at 11:00 p.m.)

Paper 1
(students who turn in Paper 2 on 27th Sept [W] will turn in Paper 1 on 4th Oct [W])
Rubrics

Sample 1
Sample 2

Audience Research Project: Submit problem

 

27th Sept. (W)

Media effects theories
presentationlogoMedia effects (traditions) instruction

Media effects theories

lecturelogo Media effects (audiences)
readlogo B&D p. 243 Overview (Ch. 9)
readlogo B&D p. 249 Revival of the uses-and-gratifications approach; p. 251 The active audience revisited


Paper 2: Media effects (traditions) (Maria, Tiffany, Marcus, Ashley, Ted) instruction

Due: 29th Oct. (F) at 5:00 p.m.

Audience Research Project: Survey questions

Instruction

Rubric



5

2nd Oct. (M)

Media effects theories

presentationlogo Media effects (audiences) instruction

lecturelogo Media effects (limited) instruction
lecturelogoCritical theory 1: Marxist theory; neo-Marxism; the Frankfurt School
readlogo B&D p. 14 Critical theory; p. 210 overview (Ch. 8); p. 214 Critical theory
readlogo B&D p. 217 Marxist theory; p. 218 Neo-Marxism; p. 219 The Frankfurt School

Audience Research Project
Survey will take place in CJN 101 this week

Copy


Quiz 4
(Due 1st Oct. [Su] at 11:00 p.m.)

Paper 2: Media effects (audiences) (Dan, Zach, Yunzhu, Andrew, Jiale) instruction

 

4th Oct. (W)

Media effects theories

presentationlogo Critical theory 1 instruction
presentationlogo Media effects (limited) instruction

lecturelogoCritical theory 2: British neo-Marxism; culture industries
readlogo B&D p. 220 Development of neo-Marxist theory in Britain; p. 347 Media as culture industries

Early Alert later in the week

Paper 2: Media effects (limited) (Merin, Sandra, Qingqiu) instruction

Paper 2: Media effects (critical theory 1) Josh, Shannon, Thibault, Molly) instruction



Paper 1
(students who turned in Paper 2 last Wednesday)

sample paper 1
sample paper 2

6

9th Oct. (M) – No class held; university closed; Fall Holiday

10th Oct. (Tu) Suffolk Monday

Media effects theories
presentationlogo Critical theory 2 instruction

lecturelogoCultural theory
readlogo B&D p. 34 Ferment in the field; p. 35 Emergence of meaning-making perspectives on media; p. 212 The cultural turn in media research; p. 213 Macroscopic vs. microscopic theories

readlogo B&D p. 257 Development of reception studies; p. 330 Framing and frame analysis; p. 335 Recent theories of frames and framing; p. 340 Cultivation analysis

Quiz 5
(Due 8th Oct. [Su] at 11:00 p.m.)

Paper 2: Media effects (critical theory 2) (David, Cassidy, Tim, Nick) instruction

11th Oct. (W)

Audience Research Project
Survey data ready!
Here!

Survey: Data analysis
readlogo Wimmer & Dominick pp. 256-7


 

7

16th Oct. (M)

Audience Research Project
Survey: Data analysis
readlogo Treadwell pp. 96-113

ppt


Quiz 6
(Due 15th Oct. [Su] at 11:00 p.m.)
18th Oct. (W)

Media effects theories
presentationlogo Cultural theory instruction

Media effects theories
Survey: Data analysis (troubleshooting)

ppt

Paper 2: Media effects (cultural theory) (Roberta, Sam, Mary, Mengyi, Bridget) instruction

Due: 20th Oct. (F) at 5:00 p.m.

Audience Research Project: Survey results analysis
Instruction
Rubric

 

8

23rd Oct. (M)

Audience Research Project
Introduction to Focus group interview
readlogo Lichtman pp. 292-300

Feedback on survey results analysis

Original essay and recent developments
Introduction to Paper 3
Instruction
Rubric

Mid-term grade

Quiz 7
(Due 22nd Oct. [Su] at 11:00 p.m.)

25th Oct. (W)

Original essay

Mass media society (traditions)
readlogoCantril “The invasion from Mars” (from pp. 47-54, skim through one page or two of people’s reaction. Begins at “who listens?” on p. 55.

Media effects (limited)
readlogo Katz “The two-step flow of communication: An up-to-date report on an hypothesis”

Q&A panel 1
Instruction(p. 2)
Rubric

Due: 27th Oct. (F) at 5:00 p.m.
Focus group interview plan

Instruction
Rubric

 


9

30th Oct. (M)

Original essay

Uses and gratifications
readlogo Katz, Blumler, & Gurevitch “Uses and gratifications research”

The culture industries
readlogo Adorno “The culture industry”

Quiz 8
(Due 29th Oct. [Su] at 11:00 p.m.)

Q&A panel 2
Instruction(p. 2)
Rubric

1st Nov. (W)

Original essay

Encoding/decoding
readlogo Hall “Encoding, decoding”

Framing
readlogo Gitlin “The whole world is watching”

Audience Research Project
Feedback on focus group interview plan

3rd Nov. (F) – Last day to drop without a F

Q&A panel 3
Instruction(p. 2)
Rubric

10

6th Nov. (M)

Audience Research Project (6th-15th Nov. conduct focus group interview)

Recent developments

Mass society theory
readlogo Mortensen “Conflictual media events, eyewitness images, and the Boston Marathon Bombing (2013)”

Mass effects (limited)
readlogo Bal & Baruh “Citizen involvement in emergency reporting: A study on witnessing and citizen journalism”

Quiz 9
(Due 5th Nov. [Su] at 11:00 p.m.)

Small group discussion 1
Instruction
Rubric

8th Nov. (W)

Recent developments

Critical theory 1&2
readlogo Jenkins “The power of the cover: Symbolic contests around the Boston bombing suspect's Rolling Stone cover”

10th Nov. (F) – No class held; university closed; Veterans' Day


Small group discussion 2
Instruction
Rubric

11

13th Nov. (M)

Recent developments

Uses and gratifications
readlogo Allan “Witnessing in crisis: photo-reportage of terror attacks in Boston and London”

Framing
readlogo Shahin “Framing 'bad news': Culpability and innocence in news coverage of tragedies”

Quiz 10
(Due 12th Nov. [Su] at 11:00 p.m.)

Small group discussion 3
Instruction
Rubric


15th Nov. (W)

Audience Research Project
Focus group interview done
Bring recording/transcript to class

Analyzing data
readlogo Lichtman pp. 317-332

 

 

12

20th Nov. (M)

Audience Research Project

Presentation guidelines
readlogoHartley & Bruckmann pp. 299-307

Analyzing data

22nd - 24th Nov. (W) – (F) – No classes held; university closed; Thanksgiving Recess

 

Paper 3: original essay & recent developments (all students)

Instruction
Rubric

13

27th Nov. (M)

Audience Research Project

Begin to work on audience research project draft


Focus group interview data analysis
Instruction
Rubric

 

29th Nov. (W)

Audience Research Project

Feedback on focus group interview data analysis

Introduction to presentation and schedule

Work on report

Peer review draft



Bonus Quiz (new!) - up to 10 extra pts!
(Due 3rd Dec. [Su] at 11:00 p.m.)


Audience research project draft
Submitted at 2:20 p.m.

14

4th Dec. (M)

Audience Research Project

Presentations to clients (3 groups)

Work on report and presentation

instruction

rubric

 

 
6th Dec. (W)

Audience Research Project

Presentations to clients (2 groups)

Work on report

instruction
rubric

 

8th Dec. (F) at 5:00 p.m.

Audience Research Project

instruction
Rubric

 

15

11th Dec. (M) – last day of class

Audience Research Project (Final)
Feedback on audience research report

Examination revision
Review

Evaluate peers' contribution

Class evaluation

13th Dec. (W) Reading Day

 

exam

15th Dec (F) – Final examination
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Same venue

22nd Dec. (F) Grades due at 5:00 p.m.