how the news is reported

The purpose of this assignment is to investigate how differences in the reporting of a piece of news across different outlets might change our perception and understanding of that piece of news. 1. Choose a news story/event from the list or work with me to find one of your own. It should be a fairly substantial news story that appeared in the last few years and would have been reported in a variety of news outlets. 2. Find at least 7 examples of reporting on the story from a wide variety of news outlets/channels in a variety of formats (print, audio, video, podcast, etc.). Your examples should meet the following criteria:  Be examples of straight reporting not opinion, analysis, or editorial pieces  At least 1 examples should be from foreign (outside the United States) news source.  At least 1 example should be from an ethnic or alternative news source.  At least 1 example from a far right or far left news source.  At least 1 example from a well-regarded national newspaper (New York Times, Washington Post, etc.).  At least 1 video example from CNN or another prominent news network. Be careful that the examples you select are not simply reprints of Associated Press (AP) versions of the story (look at the author). If you are struggling to find examples or have questions about any of your sources, please talk with us as soon as possible. While you can obviously use Google News and other similar online sources, there are several library databases you can use to find news. To access them, go to the library’s homepage, then Subject Guides, News, News Sources or http://library.louisville.edu/ekstrom/news-sources  Lexis-Nexis (has transcripts from media news sources as well as foreign news)  Access World News (lots of smaller, more local papers and foreign news) 2  US Newstream (includes Louisville Courier-Journal)  Ethnic Newswatch  Newspaper Source (Ebsco)  New York Times  Alt-Press Watch (includes advocacy press, left-wing, libertarian, and other issueoriented news sources) 3. Create a bibliography of the examples you find in a citation style of your choice. Identify whether each story is a straightforward/traditional news report or if it veers more towards analysis/commentary on events. 4. Write a double-spaced paper of 4-6 pages analyzing the similarities and differences you find in the ways the story was reported. Consider the following questions in your paper. You do not necessarily need to answer every question in detail, but your analysis should demonstrate that you have thoroughly considered these aspects of the reporting. You should also use ideas from our class discussions and readings (e.g., Bennett, Graves, Parenti) to inform your analysis. Your analysis should NOT be focused on the source’s perceived political bias (Fox is conservative, CNN is liberal, etc.) If you do not go beyond those terms, your grade will reflect a lack of engagement with the class readings!