Saturday, April 14, 2018

Phase 4

Hi all; welcome to phase 4!

This phase is about how conflicts drag in countries and actors that are not directly concerned. This can include allies of one side or the other, actors seeking an advantage, countries indirectly affected by refugees, reduced trade etc..
For this first post, make a quick review of who those players are for your conflict, and, if you can,. why they are involved. They can be nations, multi-nation groups, or even non-state actors like terrorist groups.

This is due on the last Sunday of the vacation

Good luck!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Phase 3, week 6

Hi all

Below, you'll find the other five questions that you can address in the essay. Again, see what you have, and then get whatever else you need.

These questions are from the Center for Media Literacy: they're more general questions you should ask yourself when viewing any media. One note: you're not looking for big conspiracy things. Think about these questions from a business or social perspective.

“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?"

Good luck!
Mr. H

Friday, March 16, 2018

Phase 3, week 5

Hi all

Below, you'll find 5 of the 10 media analysis questions that you can cover in the third essay (I've brought some up already)... Strategize: look over your old posts and see if you can put together a small comparative paragraph on these questions, and fill in what's missing. If you can do all five, technically you can write the essay, so you can post about whatever you'd like (within the scope of this phase.)
- Source’s general position on the conflict
- amount of coverage
- layout/presentation,
- language (complicated? objective?)
- publication (origin, funding, distribution/pageviews, international variants).

Good luck!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Phase 3, week 4

Hi all

Welcome back!

You're continuing to look at your two sources this week. Here are some things to think about if you've already done the suggestions from previous weeks.
One of the questions you will have to address in the Phase 3 essay is the amount of coverage in each outlet. For this one, you might want to look over the past few weeks and see how many articles they've written and how big they are.
Another approach is to think about the methods used by each outlet to grab and hold your attention: headlines and language, images, related features or links, etc.

Fair warning: there are two entries after this one... it is worth going back and checking how many of the topics you've actually covered.

Good luck!

Mr. H

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Phase 3, week 3

Hi all

This week, if you don't find similar news stories, you can start looking at the layout of your sites: what are the general priorities and  image being projected? Is there a connection between their mission, audience or business plan and their layout? You don't necessarily have to cover both outlets, especially if you're doing a lot of analysis.

Good luck!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Phase 3, week 2

Hi all

Since we did not have a chance to talk about the blogs last week, the instructions will be the same as last time. Most of you did a good job of introducing the sources... go back to hose same ones and see what they're saying this week; if there's nothing on the conflict, pick some aspect and compare them: layout/presentation, language, topics covered, etc

Good luck!

Mr. H

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Phase 3, week 1

Hi all

We're onto a new phase. The idea, in the next weeks, is to paint a picture of how news outlets approach their work.
You will be comparing two news outlets. In this first post, simply identify and briefly describe the two outlets you will use. You will get into more details in the next weeks.
 If you are saying anything specific about a source (language, layout, a story), you should provide a link.
As usual, identify yourself and your conflict, and keep the post to 250 words or so.
Good luck!