Watch produced news coverage of the same story from three different television networks to compare and contrast how the stories were presented. We are specifically looking at television news coverage; written news articles are not acceptable for this assignment. Sources must be cited in APA style in the essay and a reference list. Consider the following: What was the headline of the news story shown on the screen? How does the headline affect the viewer’s perception of the story? Who was the target audience for this story?What images were shown on the screen? Was there a reporter live on the scene? Were there other speakers being interviewed? How was the credibility of the speakers established during the story? What words and language establish that credibility? What social groups did they belong to? What social groups are left out of the presentation?Was the story taken at face value or was there evidence of sensationalism for entertainment value? Use direct qutoations and descriptions of screenshots to support your conclusions.What type of ethical considerations were required for the station’s coverage of the story? Was there evidence of bias in the coverage?Finally, analyze the similarities and differences in the stories you viewed. Applying your knowledge of media-related theories, which one best explains your observations and conclusions. Be sure to explains that theory in a few sentences. Do not reach back into Week One (intrapersonal communication) or Week Two (interpersonal communication) for an explanatory theory. Cite your textbook, Introducing Communication Theory. Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper that describes the coverage from each source. Format your assignment according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines. TYPICAL MISTAKES 1. This is not a class in criminal justice, political science, or education. There are many unfair situations in society. It is not our job to evaluate how the police do their job, whether elected representatives are serving their communities, or whether schools are being run effectively. We have one and only one job: Closely examine and analyze how three news stories present information. 2. Pick a situation that provides clear differences. If your conclusion is that all the news stories are alike, you have either not looked deeply enough or chosen poorly. Choosing effectively is part of the critical thinking process. 3. Organize your essay logically and systematically. Do not write as if you this is a homework assignment to answer the probe questions. Develop a thesis and use observations about the video news reports to support your argument. 4. Face value: Taking a story at face value means we don’t look beneath the surface or around the edges to see how that report conforms to social norms, depicts stereotypes, accepts what voices of so-called authority say without questioning them, or otherwise asks us to accept a certain view of reality. Example: I was viewing an ordinary local evening news feed with some media theory students to practice critical analysis. One report was about high school students who got together on a Saturday to commemorate one of their own who had been killed in a drive-by shooting. They were depicted dancing to hip-hop music. One or two were interviewed about how sad they felt, the deceased’s goodness, and the uselessness of such killings. My Hispanic students were irritated. They felt the selection of this news report (agenda-setting theory) confirmed stereotypes about minority students being involved in gang violence and always playing hip-hop on boom boxes (cultural studies theory). Minority students do many other things on the weekends, they argued. Some of them had been involved in study groups, coaching a Little League team, and volunteering in the community. It had not crossed my mind that this story had another side in terms of selection and the media frame. I took the story at face value. My students did not, and I learned a lot from their deeper analysis.

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