For this blog, you should pre-write ideas for the 103 Research project and Media Final. The options are listed below. Before you begin, I would strongly suggest you review the projects in my other 103 class. You may find the links at my home blog cunygames.blogspot.com,
The Assignment All options detailed will result in written work of approximately 2500 words (or ten, typed, double-spaced pages not counting bibliography or Works Cited pages) which is based in verifiable, authoritative sources that have been viewed and approved by Dr. Smith and your classmates. The number and type of sources, and how they are cited, will vary based on the option chosen and the subject matter, but five confirmed and approved sources (including interviews) should be considered the absolute minimum.
Option 1: Wikipedia For this assignment, you will be researching and writing an article for Wikipedia (or an approved subject-specific wiki). You may research and write on any subject that has either a “short” entry, a “stub” entry, no entry at all. However, all topics must be appropriate to Wikipedia and will be approved by Dr, Smith and your classmates. Examples of entries: Short Article—minimal coverage of the subject. This subject may be used for the assignment after Dr. Smith views the page and approves it (see, for example, The New Zoo Review ). Some short articles may not be appropriate for expansion unless you are a certified expert (see, for example, “Dutch Kills, Queens”). Stub—This subject should be fine for expansion into a full article if approved (see, for example, “Dusty’s Treehouse”). No entry—This subject is fine for the assignment if approved. If you are choosing to write on a person or place, either should be of significant importance to justify a full article. You must join Wikipedia. The research style for the article will be the one used by Wikipedia.You may use the “beta” version (a simpler html format) if you like. Wikipedia Tutorial: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Tutorial.
Option 2: Webzine Article You may also opt to write a magazine style “long feature” piece like those in Literary Journalism for a specific webzine (online magazine) that accepts outside submissions. You must show Dr. Smith and the class the webzine you are going to write for and explain in detail their submission policies and procedures before the topic and the venue (the webzine) will be approved. The format of the essay will be APA endnote style saved as a webpage unless otherwise indicated by your venue.
Option 3: Online Research Site For this option you may develop a research blog (make a new blog here on Blogger or elsewhere), a research Wiki or your own devoted to a particular subject of interest, or a full-blown website or startpage (like on Netvibes). I and the other students in the class must agree to your project and that it fits the requirements of the course. The text limit must still be met. If you are making a film or video, this option could be used to develop a research blog devoted to the production of your film. You should keep daily logs of what you have done, what you need to do, and what you plan to do. Include every type of research you do including talking to people, reading manuals, looking at Youtube videos, and etc.
C. Jason Smith, Ph.D. is Professor of English at the City University of New York-LaGuardia CC. He has published books and articles on gender in science fiction film and fantasy and is an active science and technology writer.