Fall 2015 Principles of Online Journalism Jour 2325 CRN 17859 Assignment Sheet
The Future of Online Journalism
Due: Dec. 7, 4 p.m., (End of scheduled final exam time.) No late papers will be accepted. You will receive a zero for the assignment. If you turn your paper in early, you need not show up during this class’s scheduled exam time.
Submit:1 typed, paper copy. 800 words. Pages should be stapled together. Papers may be submitted in person to the instructor or you may leave a hard copy in his mailbox in SRH 216. No email submissions please.
Research & Writing Task: Based on what you’ve studied about the many forms of online news media, write an essay on The Future of Online Journalism. What will Online Journalism look like 20 years from now? Among the approaches you might take are: Your vision of the future for one form of media (newspapers, video, blogs and other forms of social media etc.) Your vision of the future for several related forms of news media (Broadcast television, news video, YouTube video, radio etc.) Your vision of how current news media issues might pan out in the future (government secrets, censorship, corporate control, news media business models, metrics, digital divide, net neutrality, robotics etc.)
The following questions may help you get started on your essay. * How has the past helped shape the current media environment? What did the thinkers of the 1950s or 1960s imagine 2015 news media would be like? * Did they miss by a mile or were they generally correct about the way media have developed? * What does your knowledge of past and current media tell you about likely futures for media? What will the Internet look like in 2035? * What new media might emerge? * What media will die? What media will survive? And what media will likely become dominant? *Are there current “bleeding-edge” technologies that might be major influences on the future of media? * What might be some of the game-changers and new technologies we have not yet discovered? * Will technology set us free or will it enslave us? The instructor will grant considerable leeway for imagination and original thought here. But please do not treat this assignment as a joke or you will severely damage your grade.
This assignment requires that you go beyond simply answering the questions above. You should do some research to see what others are saying about possible media futures. As always, your own critical thinking skills – and your imagination - are keys to success in this assignment. The more thought you put into this the easier it will be to write. Speculate about the future. Don’t be afraid to have an opinion! Express your opinion through reasoned argument. First, make a preliminary outline of your essay. Then write a first draft and revise it - at least once - for the final version you will turn in. Proofreadyour essay to find typos, dropped words etc. You may also find that if you read your essay aloud, it will help you identify problem sentences, grammar and expressions. Minimum Content Requirements: Must include a thesis, reasoning to support the thesis, and a conclusion Must follow the assignment topic: Must clearly demonstrate your analysis. · Must be at minimum 800 words. · Use complete sentences in writing your analysis. Use examples to clarify your assertions for readers. Must demonstrate critical thinking, reading and writing Must observe appropriate conventions (Spelling, punctuation, grammar)
Formatting Requirements: Make sure the title is related to the content. Use 12-point Times New Roman font. (Larger type sizes won’t make your essay seem longer.) Use 1-inch margins (no larger or smaller) Double-space the entire essay. Number all pages - except the first page - on the upper right hand corner of the page. Include a header with your name, class time, the date it is due, andthe designation The Future of Online Journalism. Place this on the left margin, at the top of the first page.
Plagiarism Carefully cite each source you use in your essay. Avoid copying the research, ideas and words of others. Properly attribute all sources. For direct quotations, use quotation marks. Papers that copy the research and words of others without properly attributing the source will be given a zero and cannot be redone.
Feedback If you can’t get started, if you get stuck or if you have other difficulties, contact the instructor for help.