The project consists of two components: a collection of at least four current newspaper articles related to a single international event of choosing, and 2000 word summary-analysis paper devoted to the articles selected for this project.
Purpose of the Paper (Examining the Production of Contemporary Historiography) – The goal of this paper is to analyze how “historiography” is an ongoing process largely influenced by the news media. History is a subjectively generated product. History incorporates the biases and viewpoints of those who produce it. The news media today is a key source in providing us with “meaning” connected to newsworthy “historical” events. In fact, the news media is in fact a major part of the process that generates “history.” Although news media reporters and editors frequently claim that they are presenting “just the facts,” the way in which these “facts” are presented often carry a number of biases that strongly influence public perception and interpretations of current events.
Compare the articles selected for this assignment and discuss how the differing ways in which the event that have chosen actually reflects more than the “plain” facts, but rather reveals complex layers of social values, assumptions, biases, beliefs and meanings by each of articles’ authors.
The purpose of the paper is to address international issues, the event selected for this assignment must have occurred OUTSIDE of the United States (although the issue may INCLUDE the US as one of the agents involved).
All four articles is focused on the same event and have been published within 48 hours of each other. This is to distinguish how a particular event is presented differently in various newspapers from around the world
WRITE a 2000 minimum word (double spaced, medium size 10 –12 font, standard margins)
in which provide a summary and comparison of the different articles selected for
this assignment. Search for differing emphases and patterns between your articles, and
consider the differing impact each individual article might make on its reader depending
on how the issue is presented and handled by each author. Examine and critique the
differing ways in which the issue is being presented in the articles.
Also, for this paper, you need to consider how the news reports of today become the “historiography” of tomorrow. This is an opportunity for you to think critically about how the news is presented to the reader in each newspaper. Do you have a sense that certain “facts” are being emphasized in one article while those same facts are dismissed or ignored or presented somewhat differently by the authors in some of other selected articles? Do you have a sense that only one particular side of the issue is being presented in a particular article? If so, why do you think this is happening? In what ways has the event you have selected for this assignment been reported differently in each of your articles? (Keep in mind that these differences may be subtle).
In what way might these differences influence the reader to draw a different conclusion about the event? A particular new article will often (though not always) tend to focus on only side of an issue. Which sides of the issue do you see being presented in your different articles? Why do you think this might this be happening? In what way might ethnocentric perspectives or national interests be influencing how the issue is being presented differently in each of your articles? Do you see any biases built into the way that the issue is being presented or reported by the authors of your articles? Finally, what have you learned through this process? What have you come to understand about the production of “news” and the power of the news media over the reader by comparing these different articles?