August 2015 archive

Welcome to Truth in Media!

I’m looking forward to using this as a space to engage course concepts, articles and videos of interest, and all of you! I’m also hoping to feature a “student blog of the week” award here.
Here’s a quick overview of what I’m looking for in your posts. Think of this as a rubric for how you’ll be graded:
  • Relevance: your post should be relevant to the text, course concept(s), and the prompt (if I gave you one). It should be a focused and coherent exploration rather than an aimless rant.
  • Accuracy: your claims should be factually accurate, and your use of course concepts should reflect a solid understanding. Be sure to fact-check all your assertions using multiple sources. Your interpretation and analysis should derive from sound logic and comprehension.
  • Elaboration: develop your ideas with sufficient detail, building toward a convincing and engaging post.
  • Awareness of audience: your primary audience is the LSG school community, but your work should be accessible and engaging to other students, educators, and general readers around the world. Before publishing, re-read your work, thinking about how your reader will experience your posts. Consider having a friend or adviser read your drafts to address issues of clarity and voice.
  • Timeliness: be sure to complete your posts on deadline. Each should engage a story of current importance — stay informed and up-to-date!
  • Personal voice: this should sound like your blog. Your own voice and evolving approach to the material should be at the center of this space. You should also make yourself the subject when appropriate: reflect, for example, on how you consume media, the source(s) of your own ideas and values informing your worldview, and your personal experience of this course.
  • (Required for HS; extension for MS): Nuance and sophistication: explore ideas from multiple perspectives, demonstrating an awareness of the premises and implications of particular arguments. Trace ideological positions to broader cultural formations (schools of thought, traditions/religion, responses to conditions) rather than viewing them as purely the product of an individual mind. (Cognitively, rather than emotionally) empathize with all those involved in the story/issue you’ve chosen to discuss.