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[Research Opportunity for USC students] Content Analysis of Popular Films: Examining Character Portrayals

Do you enjoy watching movies? Do you speak, write, and read Japanese, French, German, Korean, Russian, or Portuguese fluently?

Research Opportunity
Content Analysis of Popular Films: Examining Character Portrayals
Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 – International Films and Characters

If your answer to these questions is “yes”, then the following opportunity is for you! In the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014, Dr. Stacy Smith and Marc Choueiti at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism are looking for students to help with a research investigation of top grossing non-US films. Data collectors will watch content and help collect information (age, occupation, etc.) about characters.

Skills needed:

  • Fluency (spoken & written) in one of the above languages.
  • Some cultural knowledge and experience with Japan, France, Germany, Korea, Russia, or Brazil.
  • Moderate proficiency with Microsoft Excel.
  • Interest in media (TV, Film).
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

To sign up students may enroll in our course COMM 494, Research Practicum OR elect to be paid ($11/hr) for their work on the project with an on campus paid position (the position will only be for one semester). The class COMM 494 can be taken for 2 or 4 units either semester and will provide first hand experience in the research process, demonstrating how content analyses in the field of communication are conducted.

After a few rigorous training sessions, students will evaluate content and collect data on their own weekly schedule in our computer lab at the Annenberg School. For more information and to sign up, please email Marc at CHOUEITI@USC.EDU.