MASS MEDIA AND CHILDREN
Fall 2012
Professor Renee Hobbs



Instructions. Working collaboratively, creatively, and under deadline pressure, we’ll produce a short video describing what we’re learning about digital media and popular culture in the lives of girls.

SHOW TITLE: Digital Media and Popular Culture in the Lives of Girls
TARGET AUDIENCE: parents and teachers with an interest in media literacy
DISTRIBUTION: YouTube, Media Education Lab website
FORMAT: Host introduces us to students who share their expertise through interview format with some visual content depicted via laptop computers
LENGTH: 10 minutes max
OVERALL PROGRAM OBJECTIVE: We engage viewer interest and curiosity while providing evidence, information and reasoning to help people appreciate the complexity and depth of the topic. Viewers should get a better understanding of the factors they can consider in determining whether digital media, mass media and popular culture is “harmful” or “harmless” in the lives of children.
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Self-Evaluation: Compose an email to the instructor to review the show. Consider your performance in light of the following criteria for evaluation:
1. Your segment engaged viewer interest and curiosity.
2. You provided information, evidence and reasoning to help viewers appreciate the complexity and depth of the topic.
3. You used memorable, short and compelling SOUNDBITES to communicate your ideas.
4. Your vocal and visual performance was informal but credible, relaxed yet professional. You maintain composure and poise throughout the performance.
5. You demonstrate your knowledge of the subject matter.

CAST AND CREDITS

Intro, Outro and Transitions
Allison Medeiros, host
Cindy Cabrera, filmmaker

Segment #1. Girls and Beauty Culture
Jennifer Principe and Sloane Danzinger

Segment #2. How Media Messages Affect Attitudes and Behaviors
Kashina Ayala and Melissa Napolitano

Segment #3. How Boys are Affected by Media Depictions of Sexuality
Kate Thurston and Ryan Giviens

Segment #4. Fears of Online Predators: How Much a Risk?
Stephanie Falcone and Merita Nejaz

Segment #5. Girls’ Online Sexual Expression as Harmless Experimentation
Esteban Valencia and Chelsea Trotta

Segment #6. Girls Take Action Against Negative Media Stereotypes
Sandy Farrell and Christopher Spencer

Executive Producer
Renee Hobbs