Important information about your media artifact, due Oct 6

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Please read this entire announcement for important instructions below about your Media Artifact, which should be completed and posted no later than October 6. You should be continuing to add to discussions in the various topic areas while you are working on your media artifact.

Your Media Artifact is due at the end of the night on Sunday, October 6. Please see the syllabus for a description. Media artifacts should be shared somewhere online (on Google Drive or another publicly accessible place), and then posted as a link in a new document under the “Artifacts” tab in the issue area that fits best with the topic. 

Your media artifact is a “discovery” activity -- you are trying to understand an issue and the perspectives of various people who are affected, but you are not yet working on creating a solution. For some tips and reminders about working in this “discovery” mode, see the Discover cards (especially cards D6-10) in the InGlobal Design Mindset card deck.

What is the purpose of a media artifact?

To provide background on an issue of broad importance to students in Michigan, presented in a engaging, compelling format.

Is my media artifact part of my proposal?

It’s the first step. You'll post links to relevant media artifacts (both yours and potentially others’) in the first part of your proposal document, which you will start in your next step of proposal crafting. The media artifact is meant to lay the groundwork for your proposal, which you’ll develop over the coming weeks, by providing an understanding of the background of an issue. To put it another way, the media artifact should define the problem…you’ll work on the solution later.

What form should it take?

The format is up to you. You can make a video, create a podcast or a radio news report, write a journalistic article, create a website, make an infographic, write a dramatic script ... find a format that sounds fun and interesting to you. If you have an idea for a format and you're not sure if it's appropriate for a media artifact, contact the instructors.

Can I see some examples?

Why, of course….a link to some artifacts from previous years and other models is right HERE.

Can I work with a partner?

Yes. If you do, be sure to document what contribution each of you makes, and make sure to include both author's names when you post the artifact.

Do I have to write a proposal on the issue covered in my media artifact?

If you're interested in the topic and spend time exploring it, you'll probably want to write your proposal on it too. But if you later change your mind or end up going in a somewhat different direction, that's fine.

What if I can't decide which topic area is most appropriate?

Talk with a TC or instructor -- we'll help you out.

Anything else?

Check the syllabus for more detail. Once again, your media artifact must be posted on the MSC site no later than October 6....see the POSTING YOUR MEDIA ARTIFACT screencast for details on how to post it. UM students, make sure your artifact is shared properly so it can be viewed by ANYONE, not just people with umich addresses.

And finally...

We’d like to emphasize that a good media artifact should:

  • Be a broad overview of an issue.

  • Lay out the problem, not the solution.

  • Be on a topic that is likely to lead to your proposal eventually.

  • Be an original work (not a mashup of existing media), though it can include properly cited images, videos, sound, quotes, etc. from other sources.

  • Explain why the issue is of importance to students in Michigan.

  • Include evidence to back up assertions.

  • Be in a creative format, in order to engage other MSC members.

  • Be Michigan-focused.

  • Include (ideally) at least one consultation with someone who has special knowledge about or experience with the topic (for example, as an interview within the artifact).

  • Not assume any particular knowledge by audience about the issue.