Assessment is based on online and in-classroom participation, two short papers, one of which will be peer-reviewed, and a small-group project that includes a proposal, a presentation, and a final product.

  • Participation 20%
  • Short Paper #1 15%
  • Short Paper #2 20%
  • Peer Evaluation 5%
  • Small Group Case Study Project 40%


Participation will be graded based on attendance and evidence of familiarity with readings, as well as meaningful contributions to in-class and online discussion.  That means coming to class prepared to talk about what you’ve read — whatever that preparation entails for you.

To participate online, install the Chrome Extension or bookmarklet and then join our class group (for more tips, check out this page). Some readings are posted on Dropbox, which also has an interface for commenting and interaction. As we interact with different readings on different platforms, we’ll discuss how these platforms make discussion more or less possible.

Good participation, both online and in-class, includes (but is not limited to): inserting new ideas for discussion, responding to other’s ideas, posing questions, highlighting interesting passages, explaining a tricky concept, offering an informed opinion, and bringing in additional resources.

Short Papers

The purpose of these papers is to build conversation: between you and the readings, you and me, you and the rest of the class. By making your course work public, you can also open the conversation up beyond the borders of our classroom. Who else might want to engage with your work? What other publics might you discover?

Short Paper #1: Each student will sign up for one of the theory readings and post a short discussion (750-1000 words) of it prior to class. What did you learn from this reading? What did you find exciting or intriguing or challenging or infuriating? You will also be responsible for bringing a number of prompting questions to class on the day we discuss your chosen reading, and facilitating discussion of that reading.  DUE SEPT 13, SEPT 20, SEPT 27, OCT 4 BY SIGN UP 

Short Paper #2: Based on one of the publishing industry events presented/discussed on October 18, each student will write a short analysis (~1500 words) of an event or new technology of their choice. Analyses should incorporate theory from the first unit of the course as well as the student’s own research (“research” here does not mean reading one Wired article on your topic of choice, but exploring various perspectives and resources). These papers will be openly peer-reviewed; the review should be no less than 500 words, and should critically assess the main points and argumentation of the original paper.

DUE NOV 1; Peer review will take place over the following week 

Group Project: Case Studies

In groups of 3-5, students will sign up for one of the four “case studies” topics and pitch a group project that will include a final product of the group’s choosing (a report, an interactive exhibit, a podcast or website, etc.) as well as a class presentation during the appropriate week. Projects should model awareness of both our theoretical readings on media and our study of the publishing industry. Chat about potential project ideas and create groups on our Canvas discussion board!

  • Pitch 20% (3 weeks before presentation)
  • First Draft 15% (2 weeks before presentation)
  • Peer Review 15% (1 week before presentation)
  • Presentation 10% (according to class schedule)
  • Final Product 40% (1 week after presentation)

Privately send a description of how the work was divided.


You must submit your essays in the form of a post/publication on any website of your choosing. This may be your own blog, someone else’s blog, this site (email the instructor for access), or any other web-accessible location. Submit the URLs for your assignments through Canvas.  The only condition for submissions is that they should be made available under a Creative Commons License.

The program expects that the grades awarded in this course will bear some reasonable relation to established university-wide practices with respect to both levels and distribution of grades. In addition, the School will follow Policy T10.02 with respect to “Intellectual Honesty,” and “Academic Discipline” (see the current Calendar, General Regulations Section).