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BSCOM 240 Week 1 Identifying and Eliminating Bias
 

Review Ch. 11 and Box 11.2 “Guidelines for Racial Identification” of Reaching Audiences.

Read the front page of The Kelsey Gazette and 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 conduct 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?
 

 

How could you rewrite the story to eliminate the bias? Consider that your audience is a general audience consisting of men and women of varying education levels.
 

 

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

 

Discuss potential areas of bias associated with your own research topic.
 

 

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 
 

 

 

BSCOM 240 Week 1 Pre-Search Questions and Application
 

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

Find and list three or four sources for your project topic. Use Appendix A: Information Trail to help you organize your sources.

Write a 350- to 700-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 and cite your resources consistent with APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 
 

 

 

BSCOM 240 Week 2 Finding Information
 

Resources: Ch. 9 of Reaching Audiences and the University Library

Locate at least three 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 a 350- to 700-word 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 your Pre-Search Questions and Application assignment in Week 1.

Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 
 

 

 

BSCOM 240 Week 2 Beyond Breaking News
 

Resources: Ch. 7 & 8 of Reaching Audiences

Submit a summary 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.

You may deliver this assignment in any of the following formats:

 

 

 

A presentation consisting of 4 to 7 slides
 

 

A 3- to 4-minute audio podcast
 

 

A blog entry of 350 to 700 words
 

 

Note. If you choose to submit a blog entry, you may set one up on PhoenixConnect by clicking on your student profile and navigating to the Content tab. Once there, click on Write a blog post under the Actions column on the right-hand part of your screen.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 
 

 

 

BSCOM 240 Week 3 Dealing With Informal Sources
 

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

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

Write a 350- to 700-word blog 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 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?
 

 

Note to student. You may set up a blog on PhoenixConnect by clicking on your student profile and navigating to the Content tab. Once there, click on Write a blog post under theActions column on the right-hand part of your screen.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 
 

 

 

BSCOM 240 Week 3 Exploring Virtual Libraries
 

Review a “Guide to Media Writing” and “Observation” in Ch. 9 of Reaching Audiences.

Identify specific sources using the Librarian Internet Index (http://www.ipl.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.

 

 

 

Provide specific examples of the information you found to support your claims.
 

 

Discuss common pitfalls of online research.
 

 

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 
 

 

 

BSCOM 240 Week 4 Article Summary
 

Complete Appendix B by answering the set of questions about each of the sources you have identified for your project in a 1-paragraph summary for each

Use the checklists in Ch. 10, 11, & 12 of Bookmarks to help you reflect on your answers.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 

 

BSCOM 240 Week 4 Evaluating Information Reflection
 

Imagine you are working in a corporate environment and your manager has asked you to write a report evaluating various personality evaluation tests that could be used to strengthen communication between coworkers.

Write a 350- to 700-word reflection that describes how you would approach this task. Include the following:

 

 

 

A description of the step-by-step process you would use in researching this project
 

 

Types of information resources used and why you believe they are valid resources
 

 

Examples of information resources that are not valid and why you believe so
 

 

Analysis of the validity of the two or three personality tests: who created them and why they are considered valid tools
 

 

Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 

BSCOM 240 Week 5 Writing Your Story
 

At this point, you have completed your research and now it’s time for you to be the journalist and write a newspaper story of your chosen topic.

Review Ch. 5 & 6 of Reaching Audiences for insight and examples of how to write a story lead and use the inverted pyramid when writing news stories.

Prepare a summary lead of no more than 75 words based on your topic.

Write a 350- to 700-word news story about your topic using the inverted pyramid style. Be sure to include the basic news elements: who, what, where, when, why, and how in your story.

Note to student. The ability to write concisely in the inverted pyramid style is a valued skill not only in the news industry but in many public relations and communications offices.  

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 

 

BSCOM 240 Week 5 Evaluating Your Research Process
 

Review all your previous assignments and readings.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word self-evaluation of the research processes you undertook in this course. Include a discussion of your opinion, based on what you learned in this course, regarding the ethical responsibilities of journalists to society, to their organization, and to themselves.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab. 
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