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The purpose of this assignment is to continue the process of thinking through a constructivist lens when considering social problems.
For this assignment, you are to investigate and compare coverage of one issue from both mainstream and alternative sources. Since you’ll be comparing reporting across sources, it is probably easiest to address an issue that is currently hot such as the recent US Presidential Election, the riots in the Capitol, corporate corruption scandals, gay marriage, legalizing marijuana, or immigration issues.
Read at least one mainstream print article from a newspaper or magazine. You may use online sources such as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette or TribLive, nytimes.com, newsweek.com, time.com, and so on. Please include the link to the article in your paper, either in-text citation, or at the end as a reference page.
I prefer that you use online or print sources. Why? When watching television news, the images and language go by quickly. Thus, it’s difficult to fully reflect on what you are viewing.
Next, investigate the same topic in at least two alternative print sources, ideally one on each side of the political spectrum. For example, you might choose articles from Mother Jones, The Nation, National Review, the American Conservative, BITCH magazine, or Z Magazine (in print or online). Please include the link to the article, either in-text citation, or at the end as a reference page. A final tip: An Internet search can provide you with access to alternative news beyond those listed above.
Questions to Answer for Your Analysis
What are the key themes in the coverage? What are the differing arguments that you have heard? What are the recurring patterns in media coverage of this subject? How have the producers/writers/editors shaped the message(s) through words, images, or other means? What is omitted from their message(s)? In your view, do the messages accurately represent the totality of subject? Why or why not? In what ways does format matter and why? Does anything else strike you about the coverage that you read?
Once you have addressed these questions, link your analysis with our readings and class lecture and discussion. How does the work of Best in Social Problems connect to your findings