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COM/400 MEDIA AND SOCIETY   The Latest Version A+ Study Guide   ********************************************** COM 400 Entire Course Link **********************************************   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 communication
  • 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 facilitator.     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 violence.
  • Explain how the negative effects of sex and violence on children have increased in media technology. Provide examples and citeat least one contemporary news article.
  • 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 article.
  • 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.    M/32   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 position.
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 following:
  • 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 engaging.
  • 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 rights
  • 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 analysis
  • Uses and gratifications
  • 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.