History 92r: History Lab





History 92r, "History Lab," is a new course to be offered in fall 2013 that offers History concentrators and other students a chance to spend a semester working with History faculty on faculty research projects. My project concerns the history of news.

Description. This project allows students the opportunity to develop and implement a digital project on the history of news. Digital tools are particularly promising for studying the history of news – a subject with so many sources that we can only start to access, catalog, and analyze many of them with digitization and computer technology. Dr. Tworek is open to supervising any project related to the history of news in any time and place that students are interested in pursuing. We will adapt the project depending upon students’ interests and abilities, but your project will contribute to a wider rethinking of how the history of news contributes to and informs history as a subject and discipline. Your project and methodology may also form part of a lecture course on the history of news that Dr. Tworek will teach in spring 2014. Some possible projects might create a digital presentation of the media coverage of a particular event (such as assassinations, wars, coronations etc.) or investigate particular genres of news (such as human interest stories, war correspondence, gossip columns). Other projects might create a digital repository of sources (such as advertisements) and analyze how they have changed over time. Other projects might investigate journalists themselves and develop a database of journalists working for different newspapers. Another project might log the geographical spread of news and use GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to track how that changes in newspapers over time.

Skills needed. No prior skills required. We will adapt the project depending upon your linguistic and technical capabilities.


·         Midterm report submitted to the faculty adviser and the History Undergraduate Office

·         Poster session or digital presentation discussing the research outcome or a final paper on an approved topic

·         End-of-semester oral examination with Prof. Tworek and another instructor

·         Research blog

·         Periodic meetings during the semester to be arranged with other History Lab researchers