Final Topic Proposal

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 17:00
Mon, 03/28/2016 to Mon, 04/04/2016

The final project for this class will be a paper / presentation combination where you present your vision of the future of journalism. The last day of class (4/25) each person will have 10 minutes to do a "Pecha Kucha" style presentation of your vision of some aspect of the future of journalism. You will also have 5-10 minutes to discuss your ideas with the rest of the class and get feedback. And then you will write up this vision of the future into a paper that makes an argument for why this future is interesting or informative about journalism in some way (due during finals week). More information is available on the class website.

The first step in thinking about your vision of the future is to take one or more of the technology trends that we have examined in class, and extrapolate them into the future. Imagine being a journalist in the 1990's and trying to think through how the Internet will change journalism. The first step is to think about how the world will change as this new trend continues -- as we have more citizen journalists, or AI and recommender systems become more common, or the filter bubble becomes more common for people.

This week you take this first step. Identify one technology trend that we have seen. Write an essay that clearly identifies what that trend is right now -- what is the technology exactly, and how has that technology changed things in the last 5-10 years already? This is a time when you need to clearly think about trends: what have been changing over time, and is that pattern of changes likely to continue? Give your trend a name (if it doesn't already have one). Try to provide evidence that the trend is indeed happening; this evidence will also help you think more carefully about that trend. Finally, briefly talk about why you think that trend will or will not continue into the future, and whether you think it will continue the way it has been going.

This is not a commitment for your final project; you can always change your vision anytime between now and the 25th of April. However, this essay is to help get you started thinking about your project and to help you learn how to think about the future.

Your essay must be entered into the system by next Friday (4/1) at 5pm. It should be in the neighborhood of 300-500 words, and include a relevant image at the top of the article.

Over the weekend or on Monday, be sure to log into the class system. Try to read all of the essays from your fellow students, and (optionally) leave comments to the author about the essay. You will be assigned as a "Discussant" for one of the essays. Read that essay carefully; you will be asked to present that essay on Monday to the rest of the class. You will also "discuss" it by describing whether you agree with the argument in the essay or not, and why you think this example is interesting to think about (or not). Try to include both praise and criticism in your discussion. Also, try to provide any ideas or assistance that you can to help the author improve the idea for the final project.

Karen Hopper

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