History Active

Active learning exercises in media history:  Today in media history   

 “Today in Media History”

  1. We are interested ONLY in media people, organizations, or milestones.
  2. Sign up for at least five dates online here 
  3. Short item is due two days before the date.
  4. Check the day on Wikipedia   and a general online search (For example, look up “January 19” − just the month and day, no year).
    1. Note the grade is cumulative. You may have 30/150 after doing two items, but that is not a 20% score, those are the points you’ve earned so far.
    2. We’re looking  for media people & events on other online resources
  5.  Write short item, with:
    1. Date  MMDDYYYY
    2. Name of person or event
    3. Description of person or event
    4. Questions to spark interest
    5. URL of Wikipedia or other article
    6. URL of photo

People in Media history 

Same thing but instead of a date, sign up for 10 people or institutions in class. Turn in all 10  names, birthdates, and 1-2 sentence descriptions and URL references on one page in the drop box.

Example of  a media history submission

  • File labeled Yourname.Event.date.docx turned in on D2L dropbox (eg Smith.0118.docx)
    • Smith.HenryLuce.04-03.doc
  • Each major item starts with a date in this format:  “01-18-1764
    • Minor items just get a mention and a link
  • Major item continues with description: “John Wilkes, a journalist and member of Parliament,  is found guilty of seditious libel on this day in 1764. His newspaper the North Briton, was seized and he was imprisoned, then forced into exile in France.  The libel charge involved Wilkes’  attacks on King George III’s speech endorsing the Paris Peace Treaty of 1763 at the opening of Parliament on 23 April 1763. Wilkes was highly critical of the King’s speech. In this satyrical etching by William Hogarth (click for a closeup) Wilkes has a French liberty hat on a pole, and issues of the North Briton are on the table next to him.  Wilkes was an interesting character.  When John Montagu (Earl of Sandwich) once told him:  “Sir, I do not know whether you will die on the gallows or of the pox,” what was Wilkes’ famous reply?  Why did his Essay on Woman raise so many prudish objections?  Why did he become such a hero to American Revolutionaries?  What infamous American was named for him? What American cities are named for him?
  • Dont forget photo URL:    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ac/William_Hogarth_-_John_Wilkes%2C_Esq.png
  • And article URL:    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wilkes

Research in Media history   

Go to this link and scroll down to “ProQuest Historical Newspapers.” Click through. You may have to log in using your RU ID.

Use these full-text newspapers to answer a question about media history. You should have five sources from this database of New York Times, Washington Post, and other newspapers.


How did the press cover … ?

  • The CBS use of ENIAC computer on election night, 1952
  • First chip (integrated computer circuit) – Noyes, Kilby
  • First personal computers, like the Apple II
  • First communications satellites
  • Arrival of internet in 1970s and 80s
  • First cell phones
  • Satellite radio
  • Satellite TVs

Due by May 3.