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Pretty easy, overall.
My experience with this class and with Professor Rose were both overwhelmingly positive -- positive enough for me to take another one of his classes just on merit of professor alone. This class in particular is extremely lecture based, interspersed with quizzes, writing assignments, and most of all: the final paper. Advice: Listen well and take notes well -- very well. I personally did not find this difficult to do as Professor Rose has a trademark way of speaking and presenting the info to make it very engaging and interesting. Put this effort in early and it'll pay off in the longer run. Supplement this with taking your time to create quality writing assignments and you're golden. I was actually a bit worried by the size of the class -- it was an intro class, full of many bright and eager Communications students with varying knowledge in the media industries that participated a lot. I had anxiety over really wanting to make an impression in a class that I felt so positively and strongly about, but not feeling like I was able to stand out to the professor in my noncompetitive nature. Yet, Professor Rose will recognize the effort when he sees it. To my surprise, he truly read and took note of my assignments and praised me for them in small but affirming ways. Really a great and interesting class. PS: More advice: I literally read through all of my notes out loud when studying for the final exam like I was teaching them to someone else -- worked like a charm, got a 100.
This course is really a very crucial and brilliant insight into both the history of media industries and the relevant factors today. For example, the evolution of the media industries, which ones surplant the others, and the handful of media companies that run America today. The things that you learn about the media industries are relevant to your life -- because media is so formative and immersive today (and honestly: always has been formative!). You'll also learn some more specific facts that are really interesting and thought provoking.
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As stated before: Listen well and take notes well and you will have an easy and engaging time in the course. Give yourself the time to put effort into creating quality writing assignments.