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Sample Proposal: Writing

College of Communication

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RTF 365: Alternative Media

Department of Radio, Television, and Film

What substantial writing projects will your students complete during the course?

Students will complete 4 assignments for the class, all of which require either academic or applied writing. These are: a news comparison and analysis in which they select a topic or event (from among those provided by the professor) and compare the reporting of it in an alternative and mainstream print media source, an overview and introduction to an alternative media artifact, a critique or plan of a “culture jam,” and a standard term paper or an alternative media project. Most term projects are ‘zines (low budget, self-produced magazines), although students may also produce video or audio material accompanied by a written report. In total, students write about 21 pages of material throughout the semester.

What kinds of feedback will students receive from the instructor, and what opportunities will they be given to revise their writing?

Students will receive written comments on all of their assignments. I insert comments throughout their papers at relevant points and offer a short evaluation of the work as a whole at the end. All papers must utilize 3 outside sources to make their arguments. These sources may come from books, newspaper and magazine article, the trade press, academic journals, and the Internet. However, every source that comes from a Web site must be matched by a non-Web source. All papers will be evaluated on the strength of their arguments, their organization, and the quality of their sources. All students will be given the chance to improve their papers, and their grades, by consulting with the professor and rewriting their papers for a second evaluation. Revised papers are due at least 1 week before final grades