assignment 2 and 3 tips

Note that you have to build a case situation first, around which the issues revolve.  Start with something concrete–a set of facts about somebody, somewhere, doing something.  Build it out from there.  I’ve give you several examples in the syllabus and class blog.

The case is not about finding an issue IN the press, it’s finding an issue that says something ABOUT the press.

The articles you use as references are not to be analyzed as articles as such–they are to be used simply as references to facts, claims, and other specifics you want to include in the case study.  Perhaps  you may want to reference reporting done about a certain issue, which others have criticized.  In which case, that would be a good thing to reference from an article.

Below are some assignments from previous semesters, just to give you a broad idea.  WARNING!!:  these are just to give you an idea of topics from previous classes, and i don’t vouch for their quality and/or format.  They were posted on a class wiki without editing.  Continue to refer to the syllabus for specific instructions.

Talaat el-Sadat Broadcast
The Gallaudet Protests Case
The Duke Scandal
Jayson Blair Case
CIA Leak Investigation
Judith Miller/NYTimes Case
Dogfighting and Micheal Vick

Finally, at the risk of confusing you any further, I’ve posted a link under class resources to “media literacy case studies.”  This is from a program I was involved in the last three summers at the Salzburg Academy on Global Media, where one of the tasks for students was to develop curriculum units.  You’ll have to register, but then will have access to the lesson plans.  These include journalism topics and media more generally, but you’ll find each one begins with a “story,” from which the media literacy issues are then developed.  It’s not too much of a stretch to imagine the “story” in the same way I am asking you to find the seed of a case study.  You will find your own specific case “story” that allows you to explore the issues of journalism that follow.  If you’re stumped, see if this helps your imagination.

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