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.)