Select a current news story that is covered on both local and network television news (if you don’t have TV you may view it online). Choose a topic that is connected to our democracy and try to avoid fluff story (celebrities, shorts, etc.) unless there are broader implications than pop culture. View 2 local broadcasts (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, WB, independent, etc.). Then watch the same story on two networks or national broadcasts (NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, ABC World News, FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, etc.). If possible, try to select four different media sources for the assignment. For example, if your local coverage is ABC and Fox, you don’t have to use ABC and Fox for the network broadcast. But do try to review the story from all 4 perspectives on the same day.
The survey is located in Course Resources
Part 1. After you’ve completed the grid on the first page – beginning on a new page (same document) you will write a 1 page summary of your findings. Using APA style (Times New Roman 12 pt font, double-spaced, 1″ margins, 5-7 space indent, etc.), the information should summarize your findings about the coverage by various media outlets. Provide as many specific examples as you can. Things to consider are: if it is partisan or bi-partisan, do the network broadcasts have a different viewpoints, offer more, less or a different perspective than the local broadcasts? What about the two local broadcasts: how are they different or the same? When in the broadcasts were they shown? Why do you think they are different (if applicable)?
Part 2. The goal of the second part is to reflect on your findings in an attempt to ask yourself questions and draw conclusions about the way a story is covered on television to see what potential impact is has on our democracy. The impact can be on local democracy, national democracy or both.
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