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Media Theory Project


In this assignment, you will either submit a short paper or video about a theory covered this semester.  This is an individual project, not group work.

At the latest, email Dr. Hart your choice(s) two weeks (14 days) before the work is due.  However, the sooner the choice is submitted, the better.  Only one student can cover any particular theory.  First come, first serve (based on the date and time of the email).  When submitting proposals for what theory you want to cover, please submit 2 or 3 possibilities.  Wait for a confirmation from Dr. Hart via email before moving forward with your project.    

Note: Keep in mind, you might want to choose a theory that you could do research on next semester in MCM610.

If you do a paper, it should...
  • define and explain the theory.
  • tell "the story" of the theory (i.e., give a historical account of the development of the theory).
  • explain how the theory is or is not still relevant today.
  • be 1000 words in length.
  • include a reference page which includes a minimum of 1 reference to a book, 1 reference to a book chapter, 2 references to scholarly journal articles.
    • (Submit a copy of the source that you are referencing. For the book, for example, no need to copy the whole book, just the page(s) that you are directly referencing.)  
    • (The reference page should not be included in the total word count.)
If you do a video, it should...
  • define and explain the theory.
  • tell "the story" of the theory (i.e., give a historical account of the development of the theory).
  • explain how the theory is or is not still relevant today.
  • include interesting, eye-catching visuals (see Dr. Hart).
  • be 5-6 minutes in length.
  • in MP4 format
  • be written using a typical 3-column, audio/visual script format.
  • include a script of a minimum of 500 words.
  • include a reference page which includes a minimum of 1 reference to a book, 1 reference to a book chapter, 2 references to scholarly journal articles.
    • (Submit a copy of the source that you are referencing. For the book, for example, no need to copy the whole book, just the page(s) that you are directly referencing.)  
    • (The reference page should not be included in the total word count.)
    • (Include the reference page and source copies at the end of the script.)

Submit the paper or video by Friday, Dec. 6th by noon.  Submit it via email.  There may be a need for special instructions regarding large video files.  Look for further details in the near future.  
Lastly, there will be 1 extra credit point for every minute early (up to 10 extra credit points).  There will be 1 point subtracted for each minute late.    

This project is worth up to 200 points.

Further instructions may be given here or verbally in class. Take careful notes.

Further instructions:
11/14: Use APA format for citations and references.


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