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The goal of this assignment is for you to reflect critically on the story you pick and find other corroborating sources, looking for connections between what happens to the featured journalist(s) & class themes.

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Prompt

1. Select one of news stories listed below dealing with journalism or journalists from the US or around the world.

2. Identify two other credible sources that also report on this story (its context and/or aftermath). follow the criteria for “Evaluating Internet Resources (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.” from Georgetown University Libraries. You cannot include material we covered in class–all sources must be new.

3. Write a 500 word essay in which you analyze:

a. how the particular event relates to any theme or idea discussed in class during the past 5 weeks by finding one concrete example (direct quote) or point of overlap and

b. also compares the 3 articles (the one you choose from below and the 2 sources you identify) in terms of perspective, point of view, and/or any observable bias.

News Stories. Select ONE from the following:

1. Fritz, Angela. “‘Make Him Famous in a Different Way’: In this Popular Mobile Game, You Kill a Journalist (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..” The Washington Post 19 May 2019. [Content focuses on Video Games]

2. St. Felix, Doreen. “How Alexandra Bell is Disrupting Racism in Journalism. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.The New Yorker 29 May 2018. [Content focuses on Art as Protest]

3. Ferguson, Amanda and William Booth. “‘Derry Tonight. Absolute Madness’: Journalist Killed in Northern Ireland Clash (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..” The Washington Post 19 April 2019. [Content focuses on the Death of a Journalist]

4. Goldman, Russell and Mike Ives. “Myanmar Releases Reuters Journalists Jailed for Reporting on Rohingya Crackdown (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..” The New York Times 5 May 2019. [Content focuses on Release of Imprisoned Journalists]

**Click here (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. to see instructions on how to access the rubric to see what criteria we will use to evaluate your work.

** Cite your sources in MLA format (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Hyperlink directs you to Purdue OWL. Works Cited isn’t counted in the 500 word count.

*** Look at rubric below

*** strict about word limits- 490-510 ****

Rubric

SU19 A100 Current Event Analysis

Criteria Ratings

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Underlined thesis/argument

For an A range grade

The underlined sentence clearly makes an argument about the significance of the chosen article from the list to BOTH 1. a theme from the class AND 2. the other two articles selected. Explains HOW the thesis works, and WHY it’s important.

For a B range grade

The underlined sentence offers a surface-level argument about the article chosen from the list. Explains connection between that article and 1. a theme from the class and 2. the other two articles selected WITHOUT adding anything new.

For a C range grade

The underlined sentence doesn’t make an argument, but merely summarizes or describes in general terms what the chosen article says about journalism. The sentence(s) is/are phrased in terms of beliefs or opinions. No clear discussion of how the chosen article relates to the 2 other articles, though there may be summary of them as well.

For an F

No underlined sentence. OR, underlined sentence does not fulfill the task outlined in the prompt. Off-topic answer.

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Distinct Claim 1 to support thesis/argument

For an A range grade

Makes a distinct and provable claim that proves the first part of the argument and demonstrates the ability to synthesize the assigned texts into a complex understanding.

For a B range grade

Makes a clear claim that engages with assigned texts that proves the first part of the argument and demonstrates the ability to synthesize the assigned texts but at a surface level.

For a C range grade

Makes a vague, general, or generic claim that has some tenuous connection to the first part of the argument. Likely a summary or description of what the source says or some statement of personal beliefs or opinions somewhat related to the first part of the argument.

For an F range grade

Essay is either off-topic or there are no distinct claims made. Only statements of belief or opinion with no connection to any of the assigned content.

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Textual Evidence 1 from Assigned Article

For an A range grade

Provides one DIRECT QUOTES from assigned article AND between 1-2 sentences explaining how the quote proves the claim it’s supporting. Analytical explanation

For a B range grade

Provides one DIRECT QUOTE from assigned article AND between 1-2 sentences explaining how the quote proves the claim it’s supporting. Surface level analysis.

For a C range grade

Provides one DIRECT QUOTE from assigned article. Either ends paragraph with quote, or else the 1-2 sentences that follow it merely re-state what the quote says. Quote selected may also not be especially effective or illustrative of the claim it’s trying to prove.

For an F range grade

No direct quote.

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Distinct Claim 2 to support thesis/argument

For an A range grade

Makes a distinct and provable claim that proves the second part of the argument and demonstrates the ability to synthesize the assigned texts into a complex understanding.

For a B range grade

Makes a clear claim that engages with assigned texts that proves the second part of the argument and demonstrates the ability to synthesize the assigned texts but at a surface level.

For a C range grade

Makes a vague, general, or generic claim that has some tenuous connection to the first part of the argument. Likely a summary or description of what the source says or some statement of personal beliefs or opinions somewhat related to the first part of the argument.

For an F range grade

Essay is either off-topic or there are no distinct claims made. Only statements of belief or opinion with no connection to any of the assigned content.

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Textual Evidence 2 from RELIABLE SOURCE

For an A range grade

Provides one DIRECT QUOTES from reliable source AND between 1-2 sentences explaining how the quote proves the claim it’s supporting. Analytical explanation

For a B range grade

Provides one DIRECT QUOTE from reliable source AND between 1-2 sentences explaining how the quote proves the claim it’s supporting. Surface level analysis

For a C range grade

Provides one DIRECT QUOTE from reliable source. Either ends paragraph with quote, or else the 1-2 sentences that follow it merely re-state what the quote says. Quote selected may also not be especially effective or illustrative of the claim it’s trying to prove.

For an F range grade

Gives no direct quote

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Distinct Claim 3 to support thesis/argument

For an A range grade

Makes a distinct and provable claim that proves the third part of the argument and demonstrates the ability to synthesize the assigned texts into a complex understanding.

For a B range grade

Makes a clear claim that engages with assigned texts that proves the third part of the argument and demonstrates the ability to synthesize the assigned texts but at a surface level.

For a C range grade

Makes a vague, general, or generic claim that has some tenuous connection to the first part of the argument. Likely a summary or description of what the source says or some statement of personal beliefs or opinions somewhat related to the first part of the argument.

For an F range grade

Essay is either off-topic or there are no distinct claims made. Only statements of belief or opinion with no connection to any of the assigned content.

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Textual Evidence 3 from RELIABLE SOURCE

For an A range grade

Provides one DIRECT QUOTE from assigned article AND between 1-2 sentences explaining how the quote proves the claim it’s supporting. Analytical explanation

For a B range grade

Provides one DIRECT QUOTE from reliable source AND between 1-2 sentences explaining how the quote proves the claim it’s supporting. Surface level analysis.

For a C range grade

Provides one DIRECT QUOTE from reliable source. Either ends paragraph with quote, or else the 1-2 sentences that follow it merely re-state what the quote says. Quote selected may also not be especially effective or illustrative of the claim it’s trying to prove.

For an F range grade

Gives no direct quote

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Word limits

For an A range

490-510 words. We are strict about word limits

For a B range grade

390-410 words

For a C range grade

300-350 words

For an F

Fewer than 240 words

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Works cited

For an A or B

Three articles (including the one selected from the list) from trust-worthy sources. Follows MLA format as outlined by Purdue OWL.

For a C

Two articles (including the one selected from the list) from trust-worthy sources. MLA formatting now as outlined by Purdue OWL but may have some mistakes or be missing information.

No Marks

1 source or fewer. Or, formatting not correct. Or, no sources cited at all.

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