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CMTH 221: History of Broadcasting: About this Guide

This guide is intended to help students with research assignments about the history of broadcasting.

This guide is intended to help students with research assignments in History of Broadcasting courses taught by Professor Donna Acerra, with emphasis on the media history project and identifying sources in the library's collections for your chosen topic. Review the assignment prompt and basic guidelines below and then use the other pages of the guide to help you with your research.

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Media History Project Assignment -- Guidelines & Reminders

For your final project in this class, you will be selecting a person, invention, or event to research in detail and write a paper or create an informational podcast.

Choose a topic that interests you from the history of radio, television, or new media, research your topic to narrow your focus, and identify a minimum of 4 usable sources to help you tell the story. Write a question your paper or podcast will answer.

Present your research either:

  1. Working from an outline, write a research paper of no fewer than 5 full pages (plus a works cited page).
  2. Working from a script, produce an interesting and historically factual audio podcast of no less than 4:00 minutes in length and no more than 5:00 minutes. Your feature will consist of your narration, and actual sound clips relating to your topic (and historically relevant music, if necessary). 

Review the assignment's full details in your Blackboard course site.

Inspiration & Class Topics

The library's collection is rich with materials about the history of broadcasting, radio, and history. Want to browse through some of what we have? Need some inspiration to help you decide on a specific topic to research? See some highlighted resources below. 

Interested in borrowing one or more of these items? Our physical collections are not accessible to the public this semester, but you can request items using our Library to Go and Library to Go PLUS service. Entries and chapters of titles in the reference collections will need to be digitally scanned. Work with a librarian if you have questions or need help. 

General Broadcasting History - Books, DVDs, & Streaming Video

Radio - Books, DVDs, & Streaming Video

Hello, Everybody! : the dawn of American radio

Available at Bethlehem and Monroe

Television - Books, DVDs, & Streaming Video

Television: A Biography

Available at Bethlehem

How Television Invented New Media

Available at Bethlehem

Television: The First Fifty Years

Available in Oversize at Bethlehem

Women Watching Television

Available at Bethlehem