History Active

Active learning exercises in media history:  
 “Today in Media History”
We need to keep “This Day in History” going.  So …  

  1. Sign up for five dates online HERE
  2. We are interested ONLY in media people, organizations, or milestones.
  3. Turn in short item (1 – 2 paragraphs)  on D2L “Assignments” in MS Word format

How to do it:

  1. Check your day on Wikipedia   and a general online search (For example, look up “January 19” − just the month and day, no year).
    1. We’re looking  for media people & events on other online resources
  2.  We also want to check resources for outstanding journalists, editors, photographers, filmmakers, advertising – PR practitioners, broadcasters and digital media inventors.
    1. For example, recipients of the World Press Freedom Prize, the US Pulitzer Prize,  World Press Photo Awards, the US Academy Awards (cinema) and others.
  3. Write short item, with:
    1. Date  MMDDYYYY
    2. Name of person or event
    3. Description of person or event – Paraphrase do not copy.  Use more than one source.
    4. Points of interest
    5. URL of Wikipedia or other article
    6. URL of photo
    7. For the digitally literate, set up your submission with a small image source linked inside the href, and aligned right or left.  For example:
      1. <a href=”http://www.example.com/”><img src=”http://www.example.com/ex1.jpg” width=”150″ align=”right”>Text Text Text</a> took place on this day in 1900, and was significant because …

II.  Another type of assignment takes this from the biographical viewpoint:  People in Media history 

It’s the same thing but instead of a date, sign up for people or institutions in class. Turn in all  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