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There are two possible formats for this research project: a paper or an audio/visual file.
For the draft, submit a 1-2 page outline (paper format) or a 1-2 minute file (video or podcast format).
For the final project, submit a 6-8 page paper or a 6-8 minute video or podcast. The paper must be written in 12 point Times New Roman font with standard margins. The file must be emailed to the professor as an attachment or a link.
For whichever format you choose, cite a minimum of six scholarly sources, not including any interviews, trade, or popular news sources that you may wish to add. Be sure to include at least one article from Global Media & Communication; Global Media Journal; International Journal of Communication; International Journal of Cultural Studies; Critical Studies in Media Communication; Media, Culture & Society; Communication/Critical Cultural Studies; New Media & Society; Communication, Culture & Critique; or the Journal of Communication. Beyond your six sources—defined here as journal articles and scholarly books—you may also wish to include research from government organizations, NGOs, and international regulatory agencies (e.g. UN, UNESCO, WTO, etc.). Include a complete works cited page and cite all sources parenthetically in either MLA or APA style.
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International Journal of Communication;
International Journal of Cultural Studies;
Critical Studies in Media Communication (18 month delay)
Communication/Critical Cultural Studies; (18 month delay)
Communication, Culture & Critique;
Journal of Communication. (12 month delay)
Option 1: Global Media Project: Provide detailed information about media in any country outside of the United States. Discuss the historical development of media in that country, the contemporary media landscape, the structure of a media industry, an example of content, or media usage. Possible media include print, news, television, film, music, gaming, advertising, sports, etc. Choose only one form of media. Comment critically on what you observe: what are the implications of your research, and what do you think about what you learned?
EX: Discuss the historical development of media in New Zealand, the contemporary media landscape, the structure of a media industry, an example of content, or media usage.
Historical development of media in New Zealand's Maori community:
Indigenous cultural values and journalism in the Asia-Pacific region: a brief history of Māori journalism.
Structure of a media industry in New Zealand:
The New Zealand Film Commission as a Government-Sponsored Film Producer
Contemporary media landscape
The construction of a national Maori identity by Maori media.
Example of Content or Media Usage
Anti-Mäori themes in New Zealand journalism—toward alternative practice.
Option 2: Comparative Global Media Project: Compare a media industry (e.g. Hollywood and Bollywood), a media text (e.g. The Light Between Oceans in Spanish and English), or a media audience (e.g. U.S. television viewers and Dutch television viewers). Discuss the industry, text, or audience in a comparative way, highlighting the ways in which it has been portrayed in at least two countries. Choose only one form of media. Comment critically on what you observe: what are the implications of your research, and what do you think about what you learned?
EX: Discuss the Dutch and American audiences in a comparative way, highlighting the ways in which it has been portrayed in at these two countries.
Asian-American Television Audiences
Understanding the Invisibility of the Asian-American Television Audience: Why Marketers Often Overlook an Audience of "Model" Consumers.
Black Television Audiences
Watching While Black : Centering the Television of Black Audiences
Dutch Television Audiences
The Performance of Cultural Citizenship: Audiences and the Politics of Multicultural Television Drama
Option 3: Comparative Global Media Levels Project: Compare a media industry, text, or audience within or between various levels; for example, research local U.S. radio and local French radio, local Iranian film and transnational Iranian film, or regional Turkish and global Finnish news. What are some of the similarities and differences that you observe within or between geo-cultural, geo-linguistic or geopolitical levels? Discuss your analysis with reference to theories about local, regional, national, transnational, or global media. Comment critically on what you observe: what are the implications of your research, and what do you think about what you learned?
EX: Discuss American and local French radio in a comparative way, discussing your analysis with reference to theories about local, regional, national, transnational, or global radio.
American College Radio
College Radio Takeovers and Shutdowns: An Analysis of News Coverage from 2006-2016.
Towards a Democratic Public Sphere: A History of Radio FreeDomin Réunion
Option 4: Global Media Issue Project: Choose a major issue such as poverty, climate change, terrorism, inequality (racial/ethnic/gender/sexual/political/religious/socioeconomic, etc.) and discuss the issue in a particular geographic context (e.g. the U.S. and the Middle East, Israel and Palestine, the Caribbean, etc.). How have global media affected and reflected this issue through a particular lens? What is the relationship between this issue and global media? Comment critically on what you observe: what are the implications of your research, and what do you think about what you learned?
EX: How have global media affected and reflected racism through a particular lens? What is the relationship between this issue and global media?
Race in Hollywood
#OscarsSoWhite: How Stuart Hall explains why nothing changes in Hollywood and everything is changing.
Race in South African Film
Watching Hong Kong martial arts film under apartheid.
Option 5: Globalization in Providence Project (Participant Observation/Interviews): Describe a globalization process in Providence. Pick two different research sites from which to participate, observe, and interview. A research site could include a neighborhood (e.g. Olneyville), a street corner, a restaurant, a bookstore, a public building, a public performance, etc. Your dorm room or apartment does not count. You are looking for intersections of the global, the national, the regional, and the local. Think about how global processes manifest in local forms in Providence. Identify, describe, and analyze at least three examples (at least one example from each of your two research sites) of globalization in action. Think about differences in religion, similarities in audience activity or passivity, customs or traditions, and any of the other theories that we discussed this term. Spend at least two hours at each site making observations or talking with people. Take copious notes and attach them to the paper. Comment on what you observe: what are the implications of your research?
Beyond your six sources—defined here as journal articles and scholarly books—you may also wish to include research from government organizations, NGOs, and international regulatory agencies (e.g. UN, UNESCO,, WTO, etc.).
Attach a complete works cited page and cite all sources parenthetically in either MLA or APA style. Check out the MLA tab for help, or reach out for a Research Appointment with a librarian.
Did you know you can copy and paste citations if you use the library's databases?
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2. Scroll to the style you need (MLA, APA)
3. Copy and paste the full citation into your paper
Ta Da! You're done! Well, almost. Sometimes weird formatting issues happen, so always double check your work.
Need help with in-text citations or more complicated citations? Use the OWL! It's super easy, and totally simple. This is also a really good time to make an appointment with a writing tutor to make sure your paper is totally perfect and all your citations are good to go.
Image label (If including image in your written work):
Fig. 1 New York Sunshine. (WGSN Denim Team, [Sept. 2018]).
In the text:
WGSN Denim Team [Sept. 2018].
In your list of figures or references (omit figure number if you haven't included the image in your assignment)
Figure 1. WGSN Denim Team. [Sept. 2018] New York Sunshine. WGSN. Denim Forecast S/S 20: Empower Up! [Online image]. available from https://www-wgsn-com.jwupvdz.idm.oclc.org/content/board_viewer/#/80499/page/1
Working on your Annotated Bibliography? We can help!
An annotation is super simple - basically, it's a few sentences about the kind of source you're using. Our friends at the OWL have some awesome, detailed tips!
An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation. Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources. Depending on your project or the assignment, your annotations may do one or more of the following.
For more help, see our handout on paraphrasing sources.
For more help, see our handouts on evaluating resources.
Your annotated bibliography may include some of these, all of these, or even others. If you're doing this for a class, you should get specific guidelines from your instructor.
Pro-Tip: Each team evaluates ONE of the following sources:
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