1. Read the Team Writing Document.
2. “Meet” with your team members — you may do this physically or via electronic means (email, phone, etc).
3. Establish a plan and timeline to get at least 3 creatives photographed and biographied. Begin with the resources of your group and decide who will contact whom (and how — an initial contact email to the participants should be collaboratively written and used by the whole group in some fashion). If your group needs suggestions for artists to contact, send me an email.
4. Establish roles for each team member. You may use the roles suggested in the team writing document, or you may come up with alternative delegations based on your team’s plan. Communications director, layout manager, copyeditor, etc. Everyone should know what the expectations are for them to complete the project.
Your first Team Memo is due to me with an informational plan/progress report. From this memo, I should understand your team’s timeline for completing the tasks set out in the project assignment sheet.
**I understand that I am asking you to take a lot of independent responsibility for the work you’ll be doing for this project. Please know that this is intentional on my part. If, at any time, your team needs additional support (contact artists, developing interview questions, etc) please let me know and I am happy to collaborate with you.***
Examine these three websites for examples of well-constructed web content and usability:
Creating Process to Free Up Time for Creativity
43 Folders: Procrastination hack: ‘(10+2)*5’
How to Start Managing Your Money, for those who Never Learned Growing Up
How to Write Like Nick Sparks
What characteristics of these examples will you be able to apply to your freelance piece? List them.
For this assignment, you will find an multiple-author online magazine or blog that covers a specific topic, issue, or hobby/activity that interests you. Your end goal is to develop content for the magazine; however, you’ll want to take a couple of steps before you do:
1). Read at least 10-12 of the existing published pieces and get a concrete feel for the level of discourse displayed by the authors. How much jargon do they employ? How technical or approachable is the content? Is it humorous or serious? Authoritative or amateur? Develop a working style journal (essentially, a list of notes and observations about the existing writing modeled by the current publication).
2). Find and read the submissions guidelines for the magazine. [If the site does not include submissions guidelines, I encourage you to find another site. However, we may be able to make some exceptions.]
3.) Construct an informal specification sheet, based on your observations and the submissions guidelines. How long should the article be? Who is the audience (what do they know, not know, want to know)? What kinds of topics/titles might you be able to offer?
Then you’re ready to begin drafting your freelance piece.
Deliverables for this assignment:
- Informal spec sheet
- Confirmation email/screen shot of your submission
- Article you’ve written
Drafts DUE Thursday 10/1 (Note change from original calendar).
REVISIONS + other deliverables DUE 10/8.
Trail Runner Magazine
Read “What is Intertextuality?” Compare, in 2 or 3 thoughtful paragraphs, the similarities and differences between intertextuality and remix (as Diakopoulos defines it).
You may seek out other sources to contribute to your understanding of intertextuality.
Do that thing where you show me where your ideas are coming from, either by quotation or summary, and citation in some fashion so I can follow your train (haha) of thought.
Print your paragraphs and submit at the end of class. If you finish before class time is up, begin/continue to work on your Remix Project.
Create a remix using materials (text, video, images, audio, film, found objects, or mixed media) that already exist out there in the world. In other words, this remix will be comprised of quotations of a sort—it will be composed NEARLY entirely of the work of others. Your task is to remix these materials and present them in a way that transforms (radically revises) the authors’ original ideas. In other words, you need to ask yourself, “how could I combine/edit/revise these materials in a way that enables me to say something new?” You may include “original” material ideas, but minimally. This should be primarily a fun, exploratory project, but it should also show thoughtful meaning-making and careful use of media/technology. Length isn’t a useful metric here; however, I will judge effort and have a keen sense of the difference between “thrown together” and productive work.
Write a 1-2 page polished reflective statement in which you explain your own composing process as an author, as well as what you want the audience to take away from your piece. You are being asked to write from both a producer’s and a consumer’s point of view here. It should address questions such as: What effects does my remix have on the viewer/reader/listener/user? What potential meaning(s) might the audience make or take away from this remix? What rhetorical choices did the author (you) use to create these effects? Where are your original sources from and what was their original meaning/purpose? How have you manipulated these original sources? How has the meaning/purpose of the original sources been transformed through your act of remixing? You are also encouraged to incorporate quotations about revision from the readings we’ve discussed throughout the semester. Please don’t simply answer these questions one by one. It may be productive to write as much as you can on each question, then figure out how to arrange them, what to cut, add, dig deeper into, etc.
Project and Reflection DUE 9/17.