Your assignment is to write a 6-8 page research paper on an issue having to do with media studies. Here are some ideas:
1 Pick any one medium: newspaper, radio, TV, cinema, journalism, and advertising etcetera.
2 Pick a genre, a period, and an era. You cannot cover the entire radio history in a 10-page document and then report future trends. You need to set a scope.
3 You could write a paper on celebrities, the latest recording trends, and techniques, or any interesting area you like. As a media student, you need to be able to sell your paper no matter how dry the topic is.
Below you will find possibilities. These are just ideas. Do not feel restricted by this list. The final paper is due via Canvas by Tuesday 12/13 @ 4:30 PM. This must be a well-sourced research paper with a full bibliography.
• Broadcasting. How has high definition television changed the way people view and receive information versus the old black and white television sets? If television is a great way to get others to learn about something new, why are more people watching less of it? How has radio changed in the last few decades; why does one frequency seem to promote or carry more news information than another? Has the quality of radio and television gone down over the years and why?
• Internet. How does the internet impact news the way it happens in real-time? Do more people use their mobile devices to access the internet for news purposes? How do developing countries with limited funding make the internet available to the less fortunate? How has the internet helped businesses and companies make more money? How have shoppers been able to save/spend more thanks to the internet?
• Newspapers. Do people still read newspapers? Do people like to read digital versions better than the paper version? What happened to newspapers when the internet made it easier for people to get news and information? Can newspapers be more beneficial than social networking sites?
• Advertising. What are the common techniques people use to help promote products and services to large audiences? How does culture affect one’s ability to advertise something to the masses? How does one company advertise a product to different parts of the world?
• Violence and tragedies and how they are communicated to the masses. Should television stations show in real-time what happens when violent events unfold? What effect does such content leave on children or those with mental conditions?
• Politics. How do television, radio, and the internet make a difference in how people vote for candidates? Can the effects of mass communication help or hurt the global economy?