LEAP 6 Media Review

Compose a media review where you review one currently popular book, film, TV show, video game or popular song in a way that that enables you to creatively express some important ideas related to the themes and issues explored in this class.

DUE: Sunday, April 24 at 9 PM

POINTS: 50

What is a Serious Media Review?

The media review is a popular form of critical commentary that assesses a work’s overall quality to determine whether or not it is worth recommending to others. Media reviews present personal and idiosyncratic reactions to and evaluations of a work of media by examining and analyzing the work’s form and content. You may choose a work of media that you like or dislike, but consider that you will need to share your reaction with a public audience, as your review will be published on our class Medium publication.

Preparing to Write the Review

While reviews tend to be fairly short (approximately 600 to 1200 words), they require a lot of preparation before you begin writing. Spend time reading, viewing, listening, or playing, making notes that will function as evidence to help you visualize key elements of the work for your readers. Pay attention to your own thoughts and feelings. Consider the current cultural context as it affects how you interpret and understand this work. Develop a main idea that demonstrates understanding of a concept or idea that you have encountered in COM 250 this semester.

Organization and Format

  • Opening. Your introduction, which may be longer than one paragraph, captures interest and attention in the first sentence. You give information about the work you have chosen and you also begin to evaluate the work, alluding to your main idea.
  • Meaty Middle. Keep in mind that many readers of your review will not yet have seen, listened to, read, or played the work. For this reason, you must describe the work with precision but avoid specific details that would spoil the experience for others. This may include a plot summary or a more detailed description of your particular work. You must also include your personal impression of the work, including your thoughts and feelings, by explaining what stands out in your mind when you reflect on what’s good (or bad) about this particular work. Consider the current cultural context as it affects how you interpret and understand this work. Apply a relevant media literacy concept or idea that you encountered in reading and viewing of COM 250 course materials, making a connection between the work you are reviewing and the concept or idea.
  • Conclusion/Evaluation. The closing of your media review reminds the reader of your general thoughts and impressions of the work. You may also implicitly or explicitly state whether or not you recommend it, reminding the reader of why the work has (or does not have) value.

Submitting the Work. Publish your work on your Medium page and submit it to the Medium class blog. Then tweet a brief summary of your main idea and the link to your review using the #COM250 hashtag.

Criteria for Evaluation

  1. Quality of Content. You have composed media review of a currently popular book, movie, TV show, song, or video game. You have applied some concepts, ideas or information from the COM 250 course content to develop a central argument about the quality, significance, and value of the work.
  2. Quality of Form. Your work has an attention-getting opening, meaty middle, and conclusion. The writing is clear, concise, and enjoyable to read. You use reasoning and evidence to support your opinion about the work. You have included at least 1 photo and 1 hyperlink in your review.
  3. Using Your Public Voice. You demonstrate awareness of the social responsibilities of authorship is contributing your review to the world through online media. You have submitted the work for publication to the COM 250 class blog and tweeted a summary of your main idea and the link to your published review.

DUE: Sunday, April 24 at 9 PM

POINTS: 50

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