A simple extra credit assignment that ask students to contribute to public discussions about media issues (such as representational politics or media policy issues). I give students extra credit for contributing a letter to an editor, a public blog, or writing a letter to a public official concerning media policy.
Here’s the way I introduce it:
** Extra Credit Assignment
You can earn up 2% extra credit added to your final grade for documenting how you have contributed up to 2 pieces of media criticism to the public sphere (1% added for each contribution). By “media criticism,” I mean that that you have contributed to a public discussion about the societal implications of media invoking some of the themes from this class. Some examples of ways of contributing to the public sphere include: a letter about media policy sent to the FCC or a legislative representative, a letter to the editor of a newspaper or magazine, a comment submitted to a blog or online periodical (the only thing I require is that the blog is not run by you or a friend of yours).