Monthly Archives: September 2013

Mass Comm Theory in the News: The ups and downs of porn: sexism, relationships and sexual aggression

Article in the Guardian. Any thoughts or reactions? 

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Paper Topic Assignment


Please be sure to address the following four items. These need to be turned in via email in a Word doc. 

  1. Your research question(s) and/or hypothesis.
  2. Theory or theories you think you will use
  3. Why this is interesting/important to you personally and/or our discipline in general. In other words, answer the “who cares?” question.
  4. Any questions you may have for me.

I do want you to write it out and turn it in even if talk to me about it informally.

May want to do a cursory search on Communication and Mass Media Complete NOT GOOGLE to see if this is a topic you can find something out about.


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Social Media Citations

This could be a useful reference for you in your academic writing. 

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Looking at crime trends with this handy tool

Compare different crimes in different time periods with this interactive database. 

Week 5 Theory and the Web questions

Please answer the following questions in a comment on this post:

  1. Norris wrote  her article in 2002.  Do you think Facebook is serving a bridging role or a bonding role in our society today? What are the implications? 
  2. Share one other thing from this week’s readings you found interesting.


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Media Effects and Coverage of Crime in Memphis

Read this 2009 op-ed in The Commercial Appeal by Dr. Joe Hayden and Dr. Lurene Kelley and reflect on how you think media coverage of crime in our community may affect our perceptions of risk and even our local identity. And taking that one step further…can PERCEPTIONS of risk affect actual reality in any way? Where do factors like race and socioeconomic class enter this equation? How could our local media do a better job?

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Blog post assignment

Due December 1 

I’ve already asked each discussion leader to choose an article of their own related to the topic of the week. What I would like you to do is to write a well-written blog post describing the findings. You should assume the audience for this post is an educated professional in our field but NOT an academic. You need to translate the important findings to the “real world” in an accessible way. 


**Note: If for some reason you have a wild hair to do a different article from the one you use as discussion leader, fine, but the more current, the better. 


Why? Because there is huge demand for this, as we have discussed. If you do a good job on this, it’s possible we can get you published at someplace like Harvard’s Nieman Lab, but you gotta knock it out of the part for that. At minimum we will put it on the class blog and that is a link we can distribute and who knows who may see it. 


You need to use good grammar. You should write in short paragraphs and you may want to use bold or bullet points to make it skimmable. Write like a journalist. 


I will have you send this to me as a Word document and I will post it for you – this way I can also suggest edits as needed. 




Chasing pageviews with values: How the Christian Science Monitor has adjusted to a web-first, SEO’d world


At The Miami Herald, tweeting’s about breaking news in the a.m. and conversation in the p.m. [One piece of a larger study]

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Two agenda-setting researchers walk into a bar. Bartender says, “What’ll you have?” The researchers say, “We’ll watch what they’re watching.”

Thanks to friend Dr. Michael Fuhlhage of Auburn for that gem. 

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Media and Manufactured Conflict

Jon Stewart often gives those of us that study media a gift: A fun way to critique today’s journalism in a way that often gives insight into the theories we are studying in class.

If we have time, we can watch this in class…or you can watch on your own.

Daily Show on Speechgate

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Trayvon Martin and Agenda Setting and Framing

One of the articles you read for this week looked at traditional media framing of the Trayvon Martin case. Another thing to think about is: How did this case get on the media agenda in the first place? 

You may want to read this Poynter piece by Kelly McBride looking at how new media tools played a role in the visibility of the case. McBride:

How does a story about teenager’s illogical killing go from barely registering a mention in local newspapers to a national conversation? It’s carried by people who care — by family, by bloggers who fear for their own children and by communities with tools that connect them to each other for fortification, while they wait for someone to listen. 

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