The Class

What Is New Media Writing?

The definition of “new media writing” is not yet settled, but a good place to start is to break down the term into its components:

•“New” suggests a valuing of kinds of writing that are just emerging

•“Media” implies special attention to the means of communication. “New Media” refers to those modes of communication that are also just emerging.

•“Writing” acknowledges a continued commitment to expression and communication. New Media Writing is characterized by a blend of multiple modes of communication: words, images, sound, movement. — (courtesy of Texas Christian University)

Our New Media Writing class is designed to cultivate critical and rhetorical digital literacy skills. We will analyze and discuss interactive, multimedia texts as rhetorical documents to gain understanding of how mode and media shape interpretation. In addition, we will study the relationship between online texts and the social, civic, professional and political world. We will apply our knowledge to remediate print texts into new media texts and create original multimodal compositions that integrate still images, sound, video, with words.

Outcome 1: Create new media texts for electronic deliver

A. Explore a variety of software to integrate multimedia elements into our texts
B. Select the most appropriate media for a given purpose
C. Identify and use the elements of effective multimedia storytelling
D. Structure content to attract and sustain an interactive audience
E. Blend multiple modes of communication: words, images, sound, movement

Outcome 2: Conduct sustained research and reporting on a topic in an interactive environment

A. Apply ethical and legal standards to content
B. Develop and maintain a professional online presence using current and emerging technologies.
C. Remediate print discourses creatively and appropriately into New Media environments

Outcome 3: Develop critical digital literacy
A. Discuss your work in critically informed ways
B. Write critically and knowledgeably about issues and questions raised by the digital culture and the New Media, particularly the relationship of the online world to the social, civic, professional and political world
C. Understand and utilize visual rhetoric
D. Analyze websites as rhetorical documents
E. Understand how modes and media shape interpretation and composition
F. Understand the different between print and web logic (linear vs. nonlinear)


  • all readings are linked to this website unless otherwise stated in class


  • comfortable stereo headphones with a 5-foot cable and a 1/8-inch input jack. You are required to bring headphones to class with you every day.
  • a 5- or 10-pack of DVD-Rs or DVD+Rs (either will work on the PCs. If you own a Mac, check to see which will work).
  • a 5- or 10-pack of DVD covers. All DVDs are required to be inside a sleeve or case.
  • a Sharpie (permanent) marker or DVD labels to put on all DVDs you turn in. I will not accept DVDs that aren’t properly labeled with your name, semester, and assignment title.
  • a personal computer with Internet access, sound card, and the ability to download free software needed for class

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