Friday, April 28, 2017

Phase 4, Week 2

Hi all

Most of you have found one or more countries to investigate, but as you've figured out, you will have to dig for the answers you need.

Here's one lead to get you started: in terms of the country's interest in the conflict, look for information on government websites, or see what state-owned or government-friendly newspapers say; you may have to read between the lines a bit.

Good luck!

Mr. H

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Phase 4

Hi all

Phase 4 is about "spillover:" the fact that conflicts often implicate more than just the affected country. As you continue to read up on your conflict, keep track of what other nations are involved, and in your updates, focus on the following questions: How does the conflict affect other countries? What outcome do the countries hope to see? How are they attempting to realize those outcomes?

You are no longer bound to the two news sources you used in Phase 3; in fact you may find that you'll find more direct answers to your questions in more specialized sources.

As usual, keep these posts short (no more than 200 words), and link any relevant articles or commentaries.

Good luck!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Phase 3, last week!

Ok guys; last chance to prep your phase 3 essay. Like the last two weeks, check what you still need. If you've got everything you need, write an update on the conflict, from any source you like (remember to like the sources though).

Good luck!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Phase 3, week 6

As we discussed in class, you're now working specifically towards the essay; look over what you have so far and fill in what's missing.

Good luck!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Phase 3, week 5

Hi all

You have three more blog posts before the Phase 3 essay, including this one.

The assignment for the essay is to compare the two news sources, and you have to cover any five of the ten things below.  Before you start this week, check what you've already covered, then look for evidence to address things you don't have yet.

5 questions from Center for Media Literacy:
  • “Who created this message?”
  • “What creative techniques are being used to attract my attention?”
  • “How might different people understand this message differently from me?"
  • “What lifestyles, values and points of view are represented in; or omitted from, this message?”
  • “Why is this message being sent?"

General discussion points

  • Source's general position on the conflict
  • amount of coverage
  • layout/presentation,
  • language (complicated? objective?),
  • publication (origin, funding, distribution/pageviews, international variants).

We will talk about this, and more, next Tuesday!

Good luck
Mr. H

Monday, February 6, 2017

Phase 3, week 3-4

Hi all
You have one entry to do over the break. It can cover any time since your last post.
Keep in mind the things I asked last week; otherwise you can also look at some of the "key questions" for media literacy (, notably creative techniques, or the way different people might interpret things.

Good luck!

Mr. H

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Phase 3, week 2

So, a recap of what you're doing in this phase:

Check the two sources you've chosen for coverage of the conflict.
Best-case scenario, you find the same topic/story covered in both your papers; in that case, compare how things are presented.
Worst-case scenario; neither of your sources covers your conflict this week; in that case, work on comparing your sources in terms of layout, presentation, audience, etc.

Among other things, you can:
a) try to find out the readership of each source (there are places online that track the page-views of news outlets);
b) look into any "about us" tabs on the site;
c) see what you can find out about the source from elsewhere online.

Remember; these are supposed to be relatively short; don't go over 250 words (not counting name-and-conflict or the hyperlinks, of course)!