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English Language - New Media Primer, Research Paper
New Media Primer
Now that your podcasts are recorded and your blog projects are complete, your final assignment of the term will be to compile all of the lessons you’ve learned throughout the term into an instructional manual or “primer” for other first year students interested in expanding their social media presence. Consider all the aspects of new media we’ve discussed this term: from establishing a professional digital footprint on sites like twitter or Facebook, to building credibility within an online community, to planning and drafting your blog project and adding in elements like recording a podcast. Consider also how all of these facets work together – using forum discussions to generate blog content, adapting a blog to podcast form, and using Twitter or Facebook to promote your blog. Beyond your own experience, you’ll want to bring in credible outside perspectives to support the guidance you’re providing.
Your audience for this assignment will be other students with limited experience in new media writing. They may have some established social media presence, but like many of you didn’t consider how that presence impacted their credibility. They may have little or no knowledge of message boards or discussion forums, and no practical experience with establishing a blog project or how writing for a podcast would differ from writing a blog post. Your goal will be to give them a brief overview of what they’ll need to know, and the questions they’ll want to consider as they expand their digital footprint. Remember five to six pages.
While your own projects and experience will comprise some of your guidelines, I’ve also been asking you to collect examples of strong forum discussions, blogs and podcasts over the term that you can offer as examples. In addition, I’ll ask you to research what other professional writers have said about these topics.
•The audience/goal I’ve provided above
•Discussion of the four major areas of new media writing we’ve covered this term: Establishing a credible online persona, joining established online communities, planning and launching a major writing project and enhancing it with multimedia content.
•Specific guidelines to help your reader avoid major “twitterfails” and overcome common hurdles in posting to discussion groups. As well as how to use social media to promote your work, gain readers and generate content.
•Suitably academic style/tone for the given audience.
•MLA 8th edition formatting and citation style, including full signal phrases for all outside sources.
•Thorough and consistent editing for grammar, mechanics and spelling to avoid distracting errors.
New Media Primer
Now that your podcasts are recorded and your blog projects are complete, your final assignment of the term will be to compile all of the lessons you’ve learned throughout the term into an instructional manual or “primer” for other first year students interested in expanding their social media presence.