Media Artifact and more

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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 February 15. You should be continuing to add to discussions in the various topic areas while you are working on your media artifact.

Advice from the TCs

First, though, some advice about posting discussion topics, from your TC gang:

  • Come up with a catchy and exciting title.

  • Include questions for people to think about.

  • Provide a brief summary of the article and your own brief commentary.

  • Use hyperlinked text (apply the “link” icon to words in your text), instead of copying the raw URL in the text.

  • Spell-check! Turn on your browser’s spell check feature, or type in an editor or word processor first.

  • An image (especially a graph or chart) can go a long way.

  • Citing an article or other outside media item is great; citing two or more and synthesizing is even better.

  • Take advantage of office hours to get feedback and advice!

All of that said, we have a ton of new discussion topics. Please spend some time responding to others before posting more of your own.

Media Artifacts

Your Media Artifact is due at the end of the night on Friday, February 15. Please see the syllabus for a description, and this screencast for how to post it.

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?

You'll post a link to your media artifact as the first part of your proposal document, which you will start in one of the topic areas. 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, you will only need to start one proposal document, and be sure to document what contribution each of you makes.

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 by February 15. A link to your media artifact should be included in the proposal document that you'll open...see the POSTING YOUR MEDIA ARTIFACT screencast for more details. 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.


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