Media Coverage

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The paper must be typed using regular 12 pt fonts. It should be double-spaced, 4-5 pages long, with 1-inch margins on all sides and using regular paragraph breaks.
· You will be penalized one (1) point for each spelling error and one (1) point for each grammatical error, but the maximum points lost will not exceed forty (40). You will be penalized for not meeting the minimum 4-page requirement or exceeding the 5-page limit.

· You MUST number your pages. The cover page does NOT count as a page.
· Your paper must follow an essay format. You must have an introduction, a body of several paragraphs and a conclusion.
· You do not need research outside of the book. You must use your own words. You must cite the pages you paraphrase or quote from the book. Use the following in text format when footnoting (Dye, 2002, p. 160). Any copying from the book without citing it will be severely punished.
· Do not use folders for the paper. Use a cover sheet instead. The cover sheet should state, my name, your name, title of the paper, title of the course, day and time of the class section you are in (this is important), and the date the paper is turned in. Staple the cover sheet to the top left hand corner of the paper.
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· Late papers will be penalized one full grade for each calendar day late. This includes Fridays and weekends.
· Late papers MUST be turned in at the MAIL ROOM. The date the paper was turned in MUST be stamped on it by the mail room clerk.

The paper must have the following content and must follow the sequence listed bellow:

Read chapter 6 of the book (Thomas Dye. Politics in America. Custom Edition. Prentice-Hall). Specifically focus on “Sources of Media Power” and “Politics of the Media.”

You must watch three local news broadcasts on three different days from the following three different TV stations: KABC, KNBC, KCBS. Basically, a total of three (3) newscasts must be watched. Local news is usually broadcast between 4 and 6 pm and at 11pm. You must watch a half-hour broadcast. List the dates, times, and stations that you watched in the introductory paragraph of your paper. Hint: tape the shows so you can go over them repeatedly.

Select and explain in your own words eight (8) strategies regarding media coverage from Chapter 6 in the book.
· Find eight different examples to support these strategies from the news that you have watched.
· Use a different example to explain each of the strategies from the book. Do NOT use the same example for two different strategies.
· Use a separate paragraph for each strategy. In each paragraph discuss if there is evidence in the news to support the strategy. What is that evidence? Be specific.
· For example,
o is there evidence that supports horse-race coverage of elections? What is that evidence?
o is there evidence that supports sensationalism in news coverage? What is that evidence?
o is there evidence that supports socialization in news coverage? What is that evidence?

o is there evidence that supports feeding frenzy in news coverage? What is that evidence?

Please highlight/underline the name of each strategy that you use. For example this is the way the strategy of “sensationalism” should be highlighted in the following sentence:
· For example,
On every station sensationalism was the most obvious strategy used in the news.
OR
On every station sensationalism was the most obvious strategy used in the news.
OR
On every station sensationalism was the most obvious strategy used in the news.

5. You must use a new paragraph for each new strategy that is mentioned in the body of your paper. Do NOT mention more than one strategy per paragraph. Basically, the body of your paper must have at least eight paragraphs.

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