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COM 400 Week 1 Editorial Podcast

Perform an Internet search on writing an editorial and on creating
a podcast. 

Create a 90-second editorial podcast on the convergence,
content, and concentration of media.

Provide a written transcript of the podcast.

  • Cite at
    least two sources other than the course textbook.

  • Format your
    assignment consistent with APA guidelines.

Include the following points in your editorial:

  • Whether the
    blurred lines among information, entertainment, and communication
    regarding media interactions is beneficial or detrimental

  • How various
    media interactions converge in our current society

  • How the
    convergence, content, and concentration of media have transformed mass

  • How this
    convergence, content, and concentration have affected people's personal
    and professional social interactions

Submit the
written transcript, along with an audio recording of your podcast, to your



COM 400 Week 2 Hot-Button Issue Paper

Consider the following:

Technologies evolve, but sex and violence have always
been--and may remain--hot-button issues in the media.

Write a
1,750- to 2,100-word paper that addresses the following:

  • A brief
    discussion of twentieth century communication developments, milestones,
    and applications exemplifying changes in media portrayal of sex and

  • Explain how
    the negative effects of sex and violence on children have increased in
    media technology. Provide examples and citeat least one contemporary news

  • Explain how
    the negative effects of sex and violence on adults have increased in media
    technology. Provide examples and cite at least one contemporary news

  • Make
    specific recommendations about how the problems of media portrayal of sex
    and violence might be minimized.

  • How does the
    volume and accessibility of media portrayals of sex and violence relate to
    your interpersonal relationships?

  • Consider the
    ethical and legal implications involved in the personal use of social
    media and other technologies to access and share images and videos. 
    Based on your own understanding and research of ethics, what ethical
    principles are involved in the use of technology in relation to images of
    sex and violence?  What ethical principles are involved when posting
    or making accessible the personal images of others?

  • What laws
    are in place because of photos or video made accessible without
    permission? What recommendations based on your research of law and ethics
    can you propose in relation to the accessibility and proliferation of
    images of sex and violence?

  • Examine the
    landing page of a mainstream online news source.  Examine the imagery
    used on the entire page, including any advertisements.  Discuss the
    diversity of the people portrayed.  How are women represented? How
    are people of color represented?

Cite at
least three different peer-reviewed outside sources, in addition to two
contemporary news articles.

Format the
paper consistent with APA guidelines.



COM 400 Week 2 Media Topic Selection

Submit the current media topic that you intend to focus on
for the final assignment. Some examples include violence in media, the video
games and children and sensationalism in news.



COM 400 Week 3 News Perspective Blog

View a television newscast and an online
newscast of your choice.

Create a
blog addressing the following:

  • Does either
    newscast use a marketing perspective to attract audiences? If so, how? If
    not, why not?

  • Are the
    sources used in the news stories appropriate or credible? Why or why not?

  • Do any of
    the news stories in the broadcast appear to be biased? If so, how did you
    recognize the bias? If not, how did the story appear to avoid bias?

  • Do any of
    the news stories include presentations of racial or gender stereotypes? If
    so, in what way?

  • Do any of
    the news stories appear to be fabricated? Why or why not?

  • Do any of
    the stories appear to be incomplete or require more context for viewers to
    fully understand the meaning?

  • If the
    newscast is biased in some way, what are your suggestions for making it
    more fair and balanced?

  • Do you think
    the World Wide Web and the Internet now affect political points of view to
    a greater extent than other media do? Provide a rationale for your

Make sure your blog is visual (uses images) and engaging.
For help creating a blog visit YouTube or you can use the following free sites:,,



COM 400 Week 3 Final Learning Team
Paper Outline and References List

Refer to
the University of Phoenix Material: Final Learning Team Paper and Presentation
to complete this assignment.

Write a
2- to 3-page formal outline for the Final Learning Team Paper due in Week Five.

Reference at
least three peer-reviewed outside sources per team member in your research for
this assignment.

Format the
reference page consistent with APA guidelines.



COM 400 Week 4 New Media Paper and Meme

Consider the following:

Any introduction of a new technology into a society
initiates an endless series of effects, especially for those who have and use
the technology compared with those who do not or cannot use the technology.

Write a
1,400- to 1,750-word paper that addresses how new media technologies affect
social and societal issues.

Address the

  • Assess
    whether there is a measurable "digital divide" in the
    availability and use of technology between the haves and the have-nots in
    society domestically and globally

  • Critique new
    media technologies and the digital divide:

  • What is the
    socioeconomic effect within our society?

  • What are the
    consequences in the global economy?

Conclude your
paper by answering the following questions:

Based on historical examples, do you foresee these
digital divides narrowing or widening

  • In the next
    5 years?

  • In the next
    25 years?

  • What are the
    ethical implications of your forecast?

Explain and justify your answers.

Cite at
least three peer-reviewed sources to support your work.

Format the
paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Create a
meme to represent your paper and share with the class for discussion. (Post
meme in Meme thread for week 5 and also submit with your paper).



COM 400 Week 5 New Social Issues

Consider the following:

The law attempts to balance individual rights with the
rights of society. Two areas in which this conflict is particularly challenging
are intellectual property rights as they relate to online materials and the new
kinds of surveillance that digital media enable.

Present the
following points using a new form of media (blog, video, podcast):

Make sure that your presentation is professional and

  • The ease of
    copying and sharing materials on the Internet and its effect on copyright

  • The
    influence of the open-source movement on attitudes toward copyright

  • The
    relationship between creativity and innovation with intellectual property

  • The personal
    and professional effects of digital surveillance versus organizational
    needs for information and control, such as employer monitoring of employee
    computer use, business monitoring of customers’ Internet behavior,
    government monitoring of citizens, and so on

  • Whether
    foreseeable changes in copyright protection and digital surveillance will
    improve or impair the balance in the future

Cite at
least two peer-reviewed sources to support your work.

Format the
paper consistent with APA guidelines.



COM 400 Week 5 Final Learning Team
Paper and Presentation

Research and analyze the media issue you have
selected by using at least three separate methods of research from the
following list:

  • Limited
    affects model

  • Surveys

  • Content

  • Uses and

  • Laboratory

  • Meta-analysis

Address the
following in the paper:

  • Identify and
    explain the three different methods (such as limited affects model,
    surveys, and so on) used to research the faculty-approved media issue.

  • Synthesize
    the conclusions from the research into an overall summary of what you have
    learned about the media effects in question.


  • What do you
    now know about this particular media issue?

  • What do you
    NOT know about the media issue?

  • What
    additional specific research studies might you propose to uncover what we
    do not know about the issue?

  • What final
    conclusions might you presently draw about this particular media issue
    based on your research?

Format the
paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Submit the
paper as a Microsoft® Word document attachment.

The Final Learning Team presentation consists of a formal
presentation, along with additional visual aids, based on the Final Learning
Team paper's content.

Develop a
9- to 12-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation,
with additional title and reference slides, on the faculty-approved current
media issue.

Include an
introduction, transition, and conclusion in your presentation, along with a
minimum of two visual aids.

List major
points in the slides. Include detailed explanations in the speaker notes
section that correlate to each point.

Include videos,
audio, photos, diagrams, or graphs as appropriate.

Format yourpresentation
consistent with APA guidelines.

Submit the
Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation assignment
as an attachment.

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