Multimedia Production

A Communication & Journalism Course at the University of Wyoming

Tag: stereotypes

HSI, Class 12: Conservatory Field Trip & HSI Reflection

Kahoot Media Literacy Quiz!

Let’s take a competitive quiz to review our knowledge of media literacy concepts and creative devices!

Blog Post: Self-Reflection & HSI

Your HSI experience is almost to an end. How do you feel about that? What stories will you tell about HSI? Let’s take some time to answer these self-reflection questions. Be honest and thoughtful when you answer these questions. In the distant future, you will want to remember what kind of person you were at HSI.

  1. What are the top 5 lessons you will remember from this class? Remember that the goal was for you to become more media literate and more knowledgeable about photography and blogging. Did you meet this goal?
  2. What are the top 5 lessons you will remember from your physical world class?
  3. What is your favorite memory from HSI? Describe the memory in detail. Why did that memory make such an impression on you?
  4. How do you think you’ve grown as a person from coming to HSI? Have you become more outgoing and friendly? Have you conquered any fears? Have you learned to be more independent?
  5. How do you think HSI prepared you for college life and your future career path?
  6. If you could re-live HSI, what would you do differently?
  7. What will you tell your friends and family back home about HSI? You know that question is just waiting for you back home…

I’m curious about what everyone took away from HSI. Let’s hear it!

Conservatory Field Trip

Let’s walk over to the UW Conservatory for our final field trip of the semester. Sad face.

We will post some more photos to our blog when we return.


HSI, Class 10: Snowy Range Photos, Media & Body Image

Photo Editing

A popular open-sourced photo-editing and graphic design application is GIMP.  Another one is Pixlr, which has a helpful web application for photo editing. I will experiment with Pixlr for now. Here are some important basic terms with photo editing.

Cropping: Crop to ensure that only one clear subject exists. You can crop to ensure the photo fits a certain aspect ratio (e.g., 150 pixels height by 350 pixels width).

Resizing: Sometimes, you’ll need to resize your photo in order to make it fit a certain area.

Image Adjustments: My favorite is Contrast, but play around with them to get the look you want to achieve, without over-doing it and changing the essence of the photo.

Just because you can edit your photos, doesn’t mean that you should. If you’re engaging in photoJOURNALISM, then you want to capture the photo in a way that does not require editing. However, if you do edit, be sure you follow good common sense and do not go past the ethical boundaries of photojournalism.

Snowy Range Photography

Post your top 5-10 Snowy Range Mountains photos and write a blog post about your experiences on yesterday’s field trip.

Media Literacy: Media & Body Image

Females, Media, and Body Image

Take a look at these magazine covers.


The average female is 5’4 and 165 lbs, yet the average female model is 5’10 and 120 lbs.

But, this ideal female body image has not been stable throughout history. There have been periods when both thinner and fuller female body shapes have been idealized. This website documents some of the various idealized female body types. What is interesting is that many idealized body types have been dictated by men (e.g., religious figures, artists, movie producers, politicians, philosophers). Keep that in mind as we go through more content below.

In modern culture, beauty is often airbrushed; Photoshop or another photo editing program are regularly used to change models’ appearances.

Males, Media, and Body Image

The average male is 5’9 and 195 lbs, yet the average male model is at least 6’0 and weighs about 175 lbs.

A Culture Obsessed with Appearance

Our culture places an emphasis on female empowerment through sexuality above most other qualities, such as intelligence, strength, spirituality, etc.

Why does media perpetuate these body image ideals?

Advertisements and media imagery play on our insecurities to make money. Magazine, TV, and billboard images create a false idea of what we should look like, and this false advertising can make people feel bad if they don’t look like that. Thus, they hope to sell their products and *make money*.

If our society was completely confident and happy with how we looked, then we wouldn’t buy stuff that claims to help improve our bodies. At the same time…we live in a consumer-oriented capitalist economy and people have their own free-will to perpetuate the cycles of insecurity and spending money to fix the insecurities. 

What are your thoughts and your experiences? I want to learn from YOU now!

Blog Post on Media and Body Image

Please write a blog post that discusses these questions:

  1. Describe some examples of media images that are problematic for girls/women and boys/men. What does the media “say” girls/women and boys/men should look like?
  2. To what extent is it realistic for everyone to achieve the looks of models and celebrities in the media? Imagine if everyone was the same as the ideal body image perpetuated in the media. What would that mean for our society?
  3. Have you or your friends ever been affected by media images? How so?
  4. List three things the media can do to change the promotion of an ideal body image.
  5. List three things that you can do to promote acceptance and appreciation of unique qualities in others.

Creating a Healthy Body Image

People differ in a wide variety of ways (e.g., eye color, weight, height, skin color, hair, likes/dislikes, abilities, interests).

Some things we can change through effort (e.g., studying, practicing), and some things we can’t change even if we want to (e.g., height, skin color).

Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses as well.

Let’s take a look at some critical views about media and body image. Advice for girls. Advice for boys.

 Take home points:

  1. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses.
  2. We are all different in terms of our physical appearance, which makes us unique.
  3. Each of us should focus on staying healthy, being the best we can be, and showing respect for others and their abilities.
  4. There is no ideal body image. Everyone should strive to be physically, emotionally, and socially “fit” and happy.
  5. With maturity comes the capacity to think about how our actions toward others make them feel.
  6. And as we learn to think for ourselves, we are better able to cope with how we perceive others view us.
  7. Do not fall trap to media expectations of how you should behave. Value yourself not on your appearance; rather, value yourself based on your intelligence, kindness, empathy, friendliness, talents, etc.
  8. Demand that other people value you on more than just than your appearance.