Saturday, May 13, 2017

Phase 4, week 4

Hi all

This is the last week of phase 4!
(The essay is due at 11pm on May 21st)

Look back at last week's post for the details, figure out what you'll need for next week, and don't forget sources!

Good luck!

Mr. H

Friday, May 5, 2017

Phase 4, week 3

Hi all

So here, for the record, are the things you will have to cover in the phase 4 essay, for each of your countries:

What are the country's interests in the conflict?
What do they hope to achieve by their involvement?
What methods are they using to achieve those goals?
How are they viewed by other countries?

You will need three or more countries.

I advise you to try to cover one country per blog entry, to make the task easier to manage.
(I didn't say this explicitly last week, but because of the long weekend, you have until Monday night to do this).

Finally, there are only 25 comments on last week's post, and there are 37 of you... Make sure your post is there; if it's not or you've forgotten, get it done: a missed blog entry goes into the grade book as a 10/20!

Good luck!

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)!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Phase 3, week 1

Welcome to phase three!

For the next few weeks, your posts will be focused on comparing the coverage of your conflict in different news outlets. You should have found a few go-to sources in the past months; pick two: you will follow these each week.

At the end of this phase, you will turn in 500 words comparing the sources. Your blog entries should mention the story itself, but also aspects of the sources: for now, think about whether they seem to take sides and if so, how; what kind of language they use; their presentation (scary headlines, images etc.)

Have fun

Friday, January 6, 2017

Phase 2, last week!

This is it, folks; last weekly update for your croquis.
Aside from the regular rules, also think about what can be translated to the croquis; if you can't think of a good way to do it, maybe you don't need to report on it.

It's also the last shot you will get at finding two reliable sources for the next phase. You might start your research this week by looking for familiar sources, rather than looking for any news.

Good luck!