Media Links for Composition Courses
This is an excellent site by a professor at our very own university. It outlines ways of narrowing research questions, evaluating historical sources, interview strategies, and a number of other issues relevant to the composition process.
The section on Research Questions is an especially useful for students in E100 and 201.
Media / Genre Reflections
LIVE EVENT: Anica Rissi – “Confessions of a Fourth-Grade Science Fraud” (In-class podcast activity)
Nate DiMeo’s podcast blends historical research and narrative storytelling techniques.
Erin Mystkowski reflects on a portrait of two co-conspirators after each has been interviewed after a murder they committed.
“What is Public?” by Anil Dash
Retro Report’s mini-documentaries revisit major news scandals of the past to see what has happened since the public stopped paying attention to them. These short films address questions like “What actually happened to the whale from Free Willy?” and “How did changes to Yellowstone’s fire policy actually make its wildfires worse?”
The 99% Invisible podcast episode explores Kowloon Walled City, a 6.5-acre plot in China that held more than 33,000 people and developed a fascinating underground infrastructure as a result of its incredibly high population density.
This podcast discusses doors that don’t open, stairways that lead to nowhere, an the controversial name that people have given to such objects.
The Backstory podcast does a great job of exploring how American ideas and practices changed and developed over time.
In the words of the podcast’s About page: “BackStory is a public radio program & podcast that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. On each show, renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths.”
Check out the UW news page for some additional examples of general-interest informative articles!
Pecha Kucha Video Presentations
Luis Mendo:”I Became an Artist and So Can You“
Tech / Media Resource Information
This Creativebloq post lists a variety of different (and free) infographic-making tools you may be able to use to assemble the media component of this assignment. Past students have had luck using Canva and Piktochart.
* Note: You can also make podcasts on iMovie by using the sound file insertion function and ignoring the visuals.
(This is one way to make a Pecha Kucha video presentation)
This site provides resources for media content that creators have made available for others to use—simply make sure that you’ve checked the box that says “I want something I can modify, adapt, or build upon” at the top of the search page.