Contemporary Media: Getting Started, Summer 2022

Welcome to Media Studies 101, Contemporary Media, for this Summer 2022 semester.

Our class begins today, Tuesday, July 5. Please read this welcome message and complete the tasks listed below under “Getting Started.” Also, begin the work posted for Module 1 on the course schedule.

Remote Online Course

This course will be conducted remotely over the Internet.

All course material, including links to graded assignments, is available on the course website at Please read it in full so you are informed about the course.

We will not be using Blackboard.

Microsoft Teams

We will be using Microsoft Teams for all graded assignments, including exams.

To join the Microsoft Team for our course:

  1. Go to <>
  2. Sign in using your CUNY credentials
  3. Click to Join or Create Team
  4. Select Join Team with a Code
  5. Enter the following code: 1dcy3kf

You have *two* Microsoft accounts: one that ends in and another that ends in The first gets you access to email, and the latter grants you access to all of Microsoft Office 365, including Microsoft Teams, the assignments, and the Welcome Survey.

To sign in to your account, follow these steps:

  1. In your web browser, go to <> and click on your initials in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Do you see an option to “Sign in with a different account?” Click that and then “Use another account.”
  3. Under “Pick an Account,” select “+ Use Another Account"
  4. Type in your username ( and click “Next”
  5. Wait for the page “Taking you to your Organization Page” to finish loading
  6. Sign in to CUNY Web Applications using your credentials
  7. Test that it works by completing the Welcome Survey at <>


All learning activities will be asynchronous, meaning that you will complete all the learning activities on your own time by the deadlines noted on the course website.

This course consists of twelve modules on contemporary media. For each module, there will be:

  1. assigned readings from the textbook
  2. a reading quiz covering the assigned readings
  3. a set of pre-recorded video lectures
  4. a lecture quiz on each video lecture

Each module will be released according to the following schedule and due the following Monday:

  1. Media, Communication, and Culture , July 5
  2. Books , July 6
  3. Newspapers , July 7
  4. Magazines , July 8
  5. Music , July 12
  6. Radio , July 13
  7. Movies , July 14
  8. Television , July 15
  9. Internet , July 19
  10. Advertising and Public Relations , July 20
  11. Media Economics , July 21
  12. Media Regulation , July 22

After four modules, there will be an exam on the material you have covered:

  1. Exam 1, available Monday, July 11, 8:00 AM, due July 14, 11:59 PM
  2. Exam 2, available Monday, July 18, 8:00 AM, due July 21, 11:59 PM
  3. Exam 3, available Monday, July 25, 8:00 AM, due July 28, 11:59 PM

Although the course is asynchronous, you must complete each module, each quiz, and each exam by the deadline specified on this course website.

Your final grade will be calculated on the following:

Please read the entire course website so you are aware of all the policies for this course.

Getting Started

To get started for now, complete the following tasks. There are instructions for these on the course website .

  1. Get the required textbook: Understanding Media and Culture, available from Open Textbook Library
  2. Join the course on Microsoft Teams
    1. Go to <>
    2. Sign in using your CUNY credentials
    3. Click to Join or Create Team
    4. Select Join Team with a Code
    5. Enter the following code: 1dcy3kf
  3. Complete the Welcome Survey by Friday, July 8, 6:00 PM. If you cannot complete this last step by then, please contact me. Otherwise I will have to report you as not attending the class and you will be dropped.
  4. Begin work for Module 1

If you have any questions, please email me. You can also schedule an Remote Office Hours appointment for us to talk.


Juan Monroy