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With news and information appearing in news outlets and on social media within s

With news and information appearing in news outlets and on social media within seconds of it happening, does the concept of prior restraint still have value? Or does the speed with which news is published render judicial review of a story prior to its publication essentially moot? As you think about this, consider the Pentagon Papers case and how it might have played out if it was happening today.

Topic:News Media’s Dilemma: Make Money? Serve Society? Do both? Do mainstream me

Topic:News Media’s Dilemma: Make Money? Serve Society? Do both?
Do mainstream media companies report news only to make money? Or do they have a responsibility to keep society informed? There is often a conflict between making money and acting responsibly. Is there a way to achieve both goals? Must the news media choose one goal and abandon the other?
Scope:
This essay should give an in-depth analysis of the topic.
Citation:
The essay requires research. Course material and external references used must be correctly documented in MLA style. See the Sample Essay with MLA Citation posted under Assignments. Citation is worth 10 per cent of the mark.
Due Date:
Timeline gives the due date for this project. Late penalties will be 10 per cent per day for a maximum of 5 days. After that, the project will not be accepted.
General Instructions:
Length:
1,000 to 1,200 words
Format:
Word processed, double-spaced.
Style:
Formal academic writing using standard English syntax and grammar.
File Type
Save the file as Word (.docx) for efficient marking and feedback. Rich Text Formet (.rtf) Is also OK, No other file types will be accepted.
A complete assignment will consist of:
Title Page:
Displays your full name; student number; course name, instructor’s name, essay title; date submitted.
1,000 to 1,200 words
Spellchecked, formatted with page numbering,
Citation:
MLA style.
How to Submit:
Save the file as major-yourlastname,doc.
· Submit the document through Safe Assign
· See “How to Use Blackboard & Submit Assignments” in Course Information.
Grading criteria:
Clarity of argument, good grammar and proper MLA citation. Rubric is provided.

For Try It #6, you will use the following scenario to practice writing a news st

For Try It #6, you will use the following scenario to practice writing a news story about a local government meeting. Open or download this document:
Meeting Story Practice Exercise4 (PDF) Attached
n.b. You must use the scenario provided in this Try It. Do not try to complete this exercise using a story you have selected from the news.
Activity:
There are multiple parts to this Try It!
Review the newsgathering and interviewing readings assigned in Week 5. Then develop a list of at least five questions that you think a reporter should ask to clarify points raised at the meeting in this scenario.
Review the Tipsheet for Using Online & Social Media handout and the JOUR 201 Manual’s “Packaging Online News” in the Course Resources. Then explain at least three ways you would use social media to enhance an online news story about this Try-It’s scenario.
Review the Tipsheet for Quotes & Attribution and the Best Practices for Using Quotes in News Stories handouts in the Course Resources to help you integrate quotes effectively into a news story’s narrative. Then demonstrate your understanding of the rules by using the exercise scenario’s information to write several paragraphs containing a direct quote, a summarized statement, and a paraphrased statement that could be used in the body of a news story about the scenario.

We have talked about what makes news “news” and what makes a journalist a “journ

We have talked about what makes news “news” and what makes a journalist a “journalist.” We also have learned that facts need to be verified with several sources. What we haven’t discussed is how technology is being used in reporting the “news.”
Before you launch into this discussion question’s activity, please spend some time finding out how journalists are using email, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, and other tools like these to gather and disseminate information.
Activity:
Pick a social media app that you have not used before from the Journalist’s Toolbox at https://www.journaliststoolbox.org/
or elsewhere in the toolbox, play around with it, and then tell your classmates about your experience, advising us in particular on how you think it could be used in the final meeting story projects that everyone is developing in this class.
Objectives: To apply newsgathering skills to evaluating and using information on social media.

For Try It #6, you will use the following scenario to practice writing a news st

For Try It #6, you will use the following scenario to practice writing a news story about a local government meeting. Open or download this document:
Meeting Story Practice Exercise4 (PDF) Attached
n.b. You must use the scenario provided in this Try It. Do not try to complete this exercise using a story you have selected from the news.
Activity:
There are multiple parts to this Try It!
Review the newsgathering and interviewing readings assigned in Week 5. Then develop a list of at least five questions that you think a reporter should ask to clarify points raised at the meeting in this scenario.
Review the Tipsheet for Using Online & Social Media handout and the JOUR 201 Manual’s “Packaging Online News” in the Course Resources. Then explain at least three ways you would use social media to enhance an online news story about this Try-It’s scenario.
Review the Tipsheet for Quotes & Attribution and the Best Practices for Using Quotes in News Stories handouts in the Course Resources to help you integrate quotes effectively into a news story’s narrative. Then demonstrate your understanding of the rules by using the exercise scenario’s information to write several paragraphs containing a direct quote, a summarized statement, and a paraphrased statement that could be used in the body of a news story about the scenario.

Find an example of a biased news report in the mainstream media. Write an essay

Find an example of a biased news report in the mainstream media. Write an essay on why you consider it biased, with references to relevant points covered in this course.
Note: A news report tells you about something that happened. The quality of a news report depends on how well it informs you. News reports are supposed to present as complete a picture as possible on what occurred. A news report is incomplete and biased when it gives you only one side of the story. Commentaries, analyses, editorials and most personal blogs are not news reports because they offer the author’s opinion on the subject instead of reporting on the event itself.
Scope:
This paper should provide an analysis of the issues associated with topic.
Because this essay includes research, external resources must be correctly documented in MLA style. For help with MLA style, please consult the Sample Essay with MLA citation in Assignments.
Due Date:
Please consult the timeline for the due date. Late penalties will be assessed at 10% per day for a maximum of 5 days. After that, the project will not be accepted.
General Instructions:
Write an academic essay on the topic, in accordance with these criteria:
Length:
700 to 1,000 words
Format:
Word processed, double-spaced with page numbering, and spellchecked.
Style:
Formal academic writing using standard English syntax and grammar
Content:
· original analysis of the selected topic and its impact
· all sources referred to are cited in the paper and listed in an MLA-style Works Cited page.
File Type
· Save the file as Word (.docx) format
A complete project will consist of:
Title Page:
displays your full name; student number; course name; project title; date submitted.
700 – 1,000 words:
spellchecked, formatted with page numbering, and with in-text citations in MLA format.
Works Cited page:
list of resources cited in your paper prepared according to MLA style.
Some Suggested Research Resources:
Course modules, textbook, other books, newspapers, magazines
External Links in the course
Your college’s Library
How to Submit:
Save the file as XXX_written1.docx, where xxx is your last name, followed by your first initial.
· Submit the document through Safe Assign
· “How to Use Blackboard & Submit Assignments” in Course Information).penalties described on page 1 of this document.
Grading criteria:
Clarity of argument, good grammar and proper MLA citation. The posted rubric for written assignments will be used for grading.

Choose one of the following two topics, and carefully follow the instruction. Es

Choose one of the following two topics, and carefully follow the instruction.
Essay topic #1 and #2 will be your own analysis based on what you have learned during the course. Do not refer to outside sources. Avoid shopping list analysis; link your ideas to themes and symbolism. Do not make up your own topic.
Present the photos at minimum 5 x 7 size for easy reference. 1200 words maximum.
TOPIC #1 Choose a minimum of four photos by one photojournalist and analyze their work. (e.g. 4 photos by Mary Ellen Mark). Explore why their work is of interest and why it is powerful. Examine how content and visual form, work together to make the photos successful. Do not present a standard biography—you must define why their photos move us. **NOTE: Steve McCurry is not considered to be a photojournalist and is not a suitable topic**
TOPIC #2 Analyze photo coverage of the same event as published by any two newspapers or online publications. Compare the similarities and differences of how two different photographers have visualized the events. Why are the photos different even though they are of the same event? Why was one moment chosen over another by each of the photographers? Which is most effective and why?

Write a 700-1,000-word response to the question above, with references to points

Write a 700-1,000-word response to the question above, with references to points covered in the course.
Suggested approach: Review the definition of mainstream news media and find out how they deliver news nowadays. Are mainstream news media limited to traditional formats such as newspapers, TV and radio? What roles do mainstream news media play on the Internet? Do we still need mainstream news now that we have social media?
Scope:
This paper should provide an analysis of the issues associated with topic.
Because this essay includes research, external resources must be correctly documented in MLA style. For help with MLA style, please consult the Sample Essay with MLA citation in Assignments.
Due Date:
Please consult the timeline for the due date. Late penalties will be assessed at 10% per day for a maximum of 5 days. After that, the project will not be accepted.
General Instructions:
Write an academic essay on the topic, in accordance with these criteria:
Length:
700 to 1,000 words
Format:
Word processed, double-spaced with page numbering, and spellchecked.
Style:
Formal academic writing using standard English syntax and grammar
Content:
· original analysis of the selected topic and its impact
· all sources referred to are cited in the paper and listed in an MLA-style Works Cited page.
File Type
· Save the file as Word (.docx) format.
A complete project will consist of:
Title Page:
displays your full name; student number; course name; project title; date submitted.
700 – 1,000 words:
spellchecked, formatted with page numbering, and with in-text citations in MLA format.
Works Cited page:
list of resources cited in your paper prepared according to MLA style.
Some Suggested Research Resources:
Course modules, textbook, other books, newspapers, magazines
External Links in the course
Your college’s Library
How to Submit:
Save the file as XXX_written2.docx, where xxx is your last name, followed by your first initial.
· Submit the document through Safe Assign
· “How to Use Blackboard & Submit Assignments” in Course Information).penalties described on page 1 of this document.
Grading criteria:
Clarity of argument, good grammar and proper MLA citation. The posted rubric for written assignments will be used for grading.

pick a sentence or two and correct the punctuation and attribution errors. (Try

pick a sentence or two and correct the punctuation and attribution errors. (Try not to pick the same sentences others in the class already have attempted.)
When you are done editing your sentences, use the rules in the “Newsgathering and Interviewing” chapter in the JOUR 201 Manual and the Tipsheet for Using Quotes & Attribution in the Course Resources’ assignment handouts to explain what you changed and why. (Don’t hesitate to also point out other grammar or style errors you may see in the sentences!)
Objectives: To punctuate directly quoted material and attribute indirect or paraphrased and summarized material according to journalistic conventions.
Here are your sentence options:
9. A freshman said “when I came to college I didn’t know anyone and was lonely.”
19. “Sure, I swipe credit card numbers sometimes.” Said the waiter who asked not to be identified. “It’s easy to write down the numbers and then use them later on the internet. I think people don’t look at their credit card statements.” The waiter added.

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