Anyone not get the handouts: Principles of
Journalism/Baloney Detection Kit?
- What is propaganda? (your opinion - do not
look this up) CLASS
Read the Syllabus!
DUE: Listen to NPR's "On the
Media The Game Has Changed". Pay particular attention
to the taxonomy of Trump's Tweets by George
Lakoff. Write a two-to-three page reflection
paper: Describe what you heard, summarize the important
points, write what you think - do you
agree/disagree? Was this helpful in deconstructing
and understanding the media? Due Wednesday Jan 25.
Read BLUR chapters 3-5 (pages 26-93) by next
week (Mon. Jan 30) - take notes on the reading, and
re-write your notes. Exam Week of Feb 27.
React to NYT
Magazine Article "From Headline to Photograph, a
Fake News Masterpiece" Write a
two-to-three page reflection paper: Describe
what you read, summarize the important points,
write what you think - do you
Were there questions that you had that were
not answered in the article?
Was this helpful in deconstructing and
understanding the media?
DUE: Monday 30 January at the beginning of
Media Inventory Log Assignment (10% of
Record all media you consume for one week
- from now (Friday 27 Jan) until the
beginning of our class Friday Feb 3 (10:50am).
The Media log assignment and the
reflection paper will be due on at
the beginning of our class 10:50am
Wednesday Feb 8. Zero if late.
Bring this with you at all times for the
next week and enter the information by
hand. You should record what you
listened to, watched, browsed, or read,
and for how long. Include
information like type of movie watched
(drama, comedy, etc.), and whether there
were propaganda words used and
(unasked for) advertising that you were
TOTAL your media usage in minutes for each
media category at the bottom of each media
Calculate and estimated Cost of the media
per month using the last sheet.
Write a reflection paper (at least two to
three full pages) where you describe the
process – what it was like for you to
complete the assignment, and the
results. Do an analysis:
1. Make a graph of your
media usage that shows how much time for
each type of media.
2. What did you find interesting?
3. What was unexpected?
4. Will this change the
way you look at media, your usage or your
5. Which media is most
important to you, and why?
6. What do you think
about unasked for advertising that you saw
Media Log and reflection paper due
Wednesday Feb 8 at the beginning of class
10:50am. Zero if late.