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CMC 240 Week 1 Project Topic
Identification

Choose a project topic from the following list. This topic will
be used for several individual assignments throughout the course.


  • Bullying in
    school (physical, cyber, laws, role of schools of parents)

  • The
    evolution of the American family

  • Stalking
    (laws, physical, vs. cyber)

  • The impact
    of media on a specific audience (children, women, teenagers, or other)

  • Celebrity
    culture or cult of celebrity

  • American
    consumerism

  • A First
    Amendment topic

  • Federal
    powers vs. state powers

  • Government
    financial reform

  • A recent
    Supreme Court decision

  • A topic of
    your choice in consultation with your instructor



Submit your chosen topic for
approval to your instructor.

 

 

CMC 240 Week 1 Identifying and
Eliminating Bias

Read the front page of The
Kelsey Gazette.


Choose one of the headline
stories.

Write a 350- to 700-word paper
in which you discuss potential bias in the story you selected and ways you can
avoid bias as you do your own research. Address the following:


  • Identify the
    bias and unethical use of information.

  • What
    criteria could you use to improve the credibility of this story?

  • Rewrite the
    story to eliminate the bias. Your audience is a general audience made up
    of men and women of varying education levels.

  • How would
    you adapt your message to an audience made up exclusively of college
    professors?

  • Explain how
    you adapted the message to the new audience.

  • Discuss
    potential areas of bias associated with your specific topic.



Format your paper consistent
with APA guidelines.

 

 

CMC 240 Week 2 Pre-Search Questions and
Application

Develop a list of at least 5 pre-search questions to
avoid message bias and identify potential sources about your project topic. See
examples in Ch. 9 of Reaching Audiences under “Developing a Strategy” in the “Getting
Started” section.

Find and list 3 or 4 sources
for your project topic.

Write a 250- to 350-word
analysis of the sources for their credibility based on the following criteria:


  • Accuracy

  • Authority

  • Currency

  • Audience

  • Agenda



Develop a list of several
follow-up questions you have after reading these sources.

Format your paper consistent
with APA guidelines.

 

 

CMC 240 Week 3 Finding Information

Resources: Ch.
Reaching
Audiences
 and the
University Library

Locate at
least 3 articles through the University Library that are potential sources for
your project topic.

Locate a
recent news story related to your topic from at least three different news
aggregators (Google News, Bing News, Yahoo News, or others).

Write 300
to 500 words evaluating and comparing the process of using the University
Library versus the news aggregators in terms ofaccessibility and usability.
Support your claims with specific examples of the information you found.

Evaluate your
findings using the criteria for establishing credibility from the Pre-Search
Questions and Application assignment in Week Two.

 

 

CMC 240 Week 4 Beyond Breaking News

Write a 350- to 700-word paper discussing the advantages and challenges
of researching and producing online content for your project topic. Include the
challenges of audience participation.

Explain how
your topic might be different when delivered either through a newspaper or on
the Internet, and how it might be different as a breaking news story, a news
feature, or a blog entry.

Format your
paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

 

CMC 240 Week 5 Dealing with Informal
Sources Paper

Review “The People Formerly Known as the Audience”
in the Electronic Reserve Readings.

Locate 2 recent news stories about your project
topic. Pay close attention to the comments section and the share function (to
share on social media sites). Consider how the audience both receives and
creates information and also how social media affects the way people receive
information.

Write a 500- to 700-word paper
in which you briefly discuss the effects the online audience can have on a
story’s content, credibility, and trending, particularly as it relates to your
project topic. Address the following questions:


  • How might
    this affect the way you write your story?

  • How is
    quoting informal information from an interview different from quoting
    information from online comments?

  • Why is it
    important to be accurate and attribute sources?



Format your paper consistent
with APA guidelines.

 

 

CMC 240 Week 6 Exploring Virtual
Libraries

Resources: “A
Guide to Media Writing” and “Observation” in Ch. 9 of Reaching
Audiences


Identify specific
sources using the Librarian Internet Index (http://lii.org).

Research your
topic using at least two different sources.

Write a
350- to 700-word paper discussing these sources in terms of accessibility and
usability. Give specific examples of the information you found to support your
claims. Discuss common pitfalls of online research.

Format your
paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

 

CMC 240 Week 6 Information Trail

Resources: Ch.
6 of Reaching
Audiences


Complete and
submit the table in Appendix A as an attachment. This assignment is similar to
the Finding Information assignment from Week Three. Using your project topic,
create an information trail of at least 5 sources through indexes,
bibliographies, or reference lists.

 

 

CMC 240 Week 7 Article Summary

Complete Appendix
B by answering the set of questions about each of the sources you have
identified for your project.

Write a
1-paragraph summary of each of your resources using the checklists in Ch. 10,
11, & 12 of Bookmarks.

Appendix B

 




Article 1 citation:
 
 




Does
the information in the source answer the important questions you identified
in your research?


 




Does
this source support your arguments, or present good counterarguments that you
should address?


 




Does
this source present good examples or illustrate important points of your
thesis?


 




How
current is the information in this source?


 




Are the statistics or other
concrete facts and figures in this source still relevant?


 




Do
more recent works substantiate the claims of this source or do they provide
information that is more pertinent?


 




Does
the author appear to have written from firsthand knowledge or experience?


 




Does
the author use facts and figures from reliable sources to support his or her
position?


 




 




Article 2 citation:
 
 




Does
the information in the source answer the important questions you identified
in your research?


 




Does
this source support your arguments, or present good counterarguments that you
should address?


 




Does
this source present good examples or illustrate important points of your
thesis?


 




How
current is the information in this source?


 




Are the statistics or other
concrete facts and figures in this source still relevant?


 




Do
more recent works substantiate the claims of this source or do they provide
information that is more pertinent?


 




Does
the author appear to have written from firsthand knowledge or experience?


 




Does
the author use facts and figures from reliable sources to support his or her
position?


 




 




Article 3 citation:
 
 




Does
the information in the source answer the important questions you identified
in your research?


 




Does
this source support your arguments, or present good counterarguments that you
should address?


 




Does
this source present good examples or illustrate important points of your
thesis?


 




How
current is the information in this source?


 




Are the statistics or other
concrete facts and figures in this source still relevant?


 




Do
more recent works substantiate the claims of this source or do they provide
information that is more pertinent?


 




Does
the author appear to have written from firsthand knowledge or experience?


 




Does
the author use facts and figures from reliable sources to support his or her
position?


 




 




Article 4 citation:
 
 




Does
the information in the source answer the important questions you identified
in your research?


 




Does
this source support your arguments, or present good counterarguments that you
should address?


 




Does
this source present good examples or illustrate important points of your
thesis?


 




How
current is the information in this source?


 




Are the statistics or other
concrete facts and figures in this source still relevant?


 




Do
more recent works substantiate the claims of this source or do they provide
information that is more pertinent?


 




Does
the author appear to have written from firsthand knowledge or experience?


 




Does
the author use facts and figures from reliable sources to support his or her
position?


 




 




Article 5 citation:
 
 




Does
the information in the source answer the important questions you identified in
your research?


 




Does
this source support your arguments, or present good counterarguments that you
should address?


 




Does
this source present good examples or illustrate important points of your
thesis?


 




How
current is the information in this source?


 




Are the statistics or other
concrete facts and figures in this source still relevant?


 




Do
more recent works substantiate the claims of this source or do they provide
information that is more pertinent?


 




Does
the author appear to have written from firsthand knowledge or experience?


 




Does
the author use facts and figures from reliable sources to support his or her
position?


 




 




Article 6 citation:
 
 




Does
the information in the source answer the important questions you identified
in your research?


 




Does
this source support your arguments, or present good counterarguments that you
should address?


 




Does
this source present good examples or illustrate important points of your
thesis?


 




How
current is the information in this source?


 




Are the statistics or other
concrete facts and figures in this source still relevant?


 




Do
more recent works substantiate the claims of this source or do they provide
information that is more pertinent?


 




Does
the author appear to have written from firsthand knowledge or experience?


 




Does
the author use facts and figures from reliable sources to support his or her
position?


 




 




Article 7 citation:
 
 




Does
the information in the source answer the important questions you identified
in your research?


 




Does
this source support your arguments, or present good counterarguments that you
should address?


 




Does
this source present good examples or illustrate important points of your
thesis?


 




How
current is the information in this source?


 




Are the statistics or other
concrete facts and figures in this source still relevant?


 




Do
more recent works substantiate the claims of this source or do they provide
information that is more pertinent?


 




Does
the author appear to have written from firsthand knowledge or experience?


 




Does
the author use facts and figures from reliable sources to support his or her
position?


 




 

 

CMC 240 Week 8 Writing Your Story

At this point you have completed your research and now you are the
journalist. It is time to write your newspaper story.

Resources: Ch.
5 & 6 Reaching
Audiences


Write a
75-word summary lead based on your topic and research that uses the basic news
elements: who, what, where, when, why, and how.

Write a
500- to 700-word story about your topic using the inverted pyramid strategy.

Format your
paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

 

CMC 240 Week 9 Evaluating Your Research
Process

Review all
your previous assignments and readings.

Write a
750- to 1,050-word evaluation of the research processes you undertook in this
course.

Format your
paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

 

 
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