Writing assignment #10 (Due Tuesday): Report on a book covering more than a decade in broadcasting history. (350-500 words; 4-5 secondary sources. Wikipedia and IMDB don’t count here.)
Please turn in this assignment on paper or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, November 12, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Writing assignment #7: 1. Pick a week from 1955-1980 in TV Guide (on microfilm). Describe that issue (articles, ads, what region it serves) and take note of several specials or featured programming in that issue, usually broken out from the listings as a sidebar. 2. Find a review of (or article about) one of those special programs in Variety and summarize. (250-350 words; 4-5 secondary sources).
Reading: Leeman, Nicholas. “The Murrow Doctrine;” Campbell, W. Joseph. “Murrow vs. McCarthy: Timing Makes The Myth” and “Debunking the ‘Cronkite Moment.’” We split this assignment up among the class; each of you will read (at least) one of these articles. Post your thoughts about the reading for discussion.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Reading: "World War II and the Invention of Broadcast Journalism," from Michele Hilmes Listening In. Post thoughts about the reading here for discussion. If you're wondering what to write, just tell me the one thing from the reading that you didn't know and that you're still going to remember a year from now.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Writing assignment #5: Find an issue of a periodical or journal at the Broadcasting Archives from before you were born. Pick an article, summarize it briefly and try to give the subject some historical context. Describe any illustrations for the article. If appropriate, describe the magazine itself – its style, its intended audience, the kind of advertisements included. (250-350 words; 2-3 secondary sources).
Monday, September 24, 2012
Writing assignment #4: Choose a single folder from the vertical files from the Broadcasting Archives – station files, subject files, transcripts, pamphlets. Whatever you pick, summarize it briefly and try to give the subject some historical context. Describe the contents of the folder. (250-350 words; 2-3 secondary sources).
Reading for week of Sept. 24: Wu, Tim. Ch. 5 in The Master Switch;
Giddins, Gary. “This Guy Wouldn’t Give You The Parsley Off His Fish” (half the class), McFadden, Margaret T. “America's Boy Friend Who Can't Get a Date” (half the class). Post thoughts about the reading here for discussion.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Writing assignment #3 (Due Tuesday): Ask for the photo file on a particular person at the Broadcasting Archives (someone you’ve read about or just a name at random), explore the contents (sometimes more than photos), do some research and write about that person or the event depicted. Be sure you’ve picked an interesting photo and describe it well. (250-350 words; 2-3 secondary sources. Include a copy of one of the photos).
Monday, September 10, 2012
Writing assignment #2: Listen to some vintage radio programs (find one online – see list). Describe what you heard: not the story but the sound quality, the language, the voices, the format of the show. Do some research and write about one in particular, or compare and contrast two of the same genre. (250-350 words; 2-3 secondary sources).
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Writing assignment #1 (Due Tuesday): Find a television program from before 1990 online (see list of suggested web sites), watch an episode, and think about it. Describe what you saw. What's different from the kinds of shows you watch today? Write a short paragraph or two about what kinds of research questions you think you could pursue. (ALSO: Note where you found the program.)