Final Project


To gain a deeper understanding of issues that are shaping today’s new media world.


OPTION A – Group Project

New Media Law in the 21st Century

Each group will write a paper collaboratively reporting on a specific new media legal topic. Each report must take into consideration local, state, federal and international law and how it affects the particular issue. The report should explain the topic and offer opinions and facts that show many sides of the topic.

Each group will turn in a one report for all members of the group. It will include a list of group members and their roles on the project. Every member of the group is expected to contribute research to the paper (See note under Deliverables below.).

Each group will make a presentation to the class of no less than 5 minutes which summarizes the report topic.

Groups may choose from the following topics. No two groups may report on the same topic.

  • Freedom of Expression
  • Telecommunications Regulation
  • Internet Regulation
  • Information and Data Gathering by commercial or government interests
  • Intellectual Property: Copyright, Patents, Trademarks and Trade Secrets
  • Defamation
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Sex and Violence
  • Commercial Speech and Antitrust law

OPTION B – Solo Project

Internet, Broadband, and Connectivity in the Volunteer State

Write a paper reporting on the state of Internet availability, broadband penetration, and household connectivity in Tennessee as of December 31, 2013. Your report must take into consideration local, state and Federal law and regulations and the effect each may have on Tennessee, its communities, and its residents. The areas that may be affected could include:

  • Constitutional rights
  • Education
  • Commerce
  • Government
  • Social Welfare
  • Local Communities
  • Consumer Choice
  • And Others.


Option A – Group

  • Draft – Uncorrected content without title page or citations.
  • Final – Corrected and proofread content with Title page, Citation page and Group member page.
  • Presentation

Option A – Group

  • Draft – Uncorrected content without title page or citations.
  • Final – Corrected and proofread content with Title page and Citation page.
  • Presentation


Option A – Group

  • Title Page
  • Table of Contents
  • 3500 words, double spaced.
  • Citations page. Citations must include the name of the group member that collected it.
  • Group Member Page indicating each group member’s role on the project.

Option B – Solo

  • Title Page
  • Table of Contents
  • 2000 words, double spaced.
  • Citations page.

Place all deliverables into the appropriate dropbox on D2L. The assignment dropbox will be open until 11:59 pm on the date the assignment is due.


  • Cannot contain errors of spelling, grammar, or punctuation. Proofread carefully.
  • Use MLA citation.
  • Submit in Microsoft Word format, with a .doc or .docx suffix. No other formats are acceptable.
  • Include a number of sources, including printed and internet sources. Number of sources and ratio of print/internet sources are detailed below.
  • May use Wikipedia to help choose a topic, or to find possible sources for further research. However, Wikipedia may not be included as a reference in the bibliography.
  • Should include images (pictures, screengrab) appropriate to the paper’s content.
  • Will be evaluated for length by word count, rather than pages, to account for differences in fonts, margins, pictures, etc. In Microsoft Word, you can check your work count by selecting Tools>Word Count.
  • Must be submitted electronically as well as printed. Save your finished paper as “research_astudent.docx”, only use your first initial and last name, rather than “astudent”.
  • Will be sent through TurnItIn within D2L to assure originality. You may want to review the definition of plagiarism, and review the university’s policy on academic integrity in the Syllabus
  • No more than 33% of your paper can be cited material. You can’t just string together a bunch of quotes to make a paper. Percentages will be determined by TurnItIn on D2L.

Credit to the University of Rio Grande:


Groups or Solos may create a website with the report content. This is not a substitute for either the report or the presentation. All members of a group will receive the extra credit. This website must include:

  • Home page summarizing the report topic.
  • Each report section on individual pages.
  • Navigation to each report section.
  • Individual Citations page with links to the cited material.
  • Appropriate images, videos, and links which support the report content. Videos must be cited correctly.
  • No additional points given for artistic presentation but the website should present the topic Clearly and appropriately.


  • First Draft – Monday, April 21
  • Final Draft – Monday, May 5
  • Presentation – Monday, May 5
  • Website – Monday, May 5


Points will be awarded on the following criteria:

  • Writing mechanics – spelling, grammar, punctuation, word choice and word use.
  • Following assignment directions.

5 Points will be deducted for each day late for each deliverable.

Total points available – 500

  • Draft – 150
  • Final – 200
  • Presentation – 150
  • Extra Credit Website – 100

EMC 2500 Final Project (PDF)