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Comparative Coverage of an Event (NZ)

Comparative Coverage of an Event (NZ). Choose a recent event (within the last year) that received a significant amount of news coverage and analyze differences and/or similarities in coverage across three news outlets that have audiences that are both distinctly different from one another and conceptually interesting in their differences. The primary purpose of this assessment is to demonstrate your ability to apply the course material from the course and use it to make an argument about the nature of the news and how that shapes news content. The choice of event and the news outlets examined are entirely up to the student and those choices are part of the grade. Students should take some time to consider how the event and the differences or similarities of the outlets will help them make an argument and how it will enable them to use some aspect(s) of the material from the course to explore why the content of the news looks like it does. In order to encourage the engagement of topics or issues of personal interest, students will be given significant leeway in deciding what constitutes an event. However the following parameters, cautions and suggestions should be included in that choice. An event needs to be something beyond or outside the routine reporting of news. So the coverage of a common sporting event, such as a rugby test match, is not an event.

Comparative Coverage of an Event (NZ)

The coverage of John Key’s notoriously awkward handshake after the World Cup Final, however, worked well as an event. Similarly, routine coverage of Parliament is not an event, but an excellent paper was written about the passage of the bill legalizing gay marriage in New Zealand as an event. While it is true that nothing happens in isolation, students should avoid picking an event that is deeply embedded within an ongoing issue that gets significant, sustained, or repeated coverage. For that reason I am going to specifically advise against choosing an event that is part of the pandemic, the 2020 New Zealand election, or has anything to do with Donald Trump. Those are indeed profoundly interesting topics, but you will find it much easier to explain the coverage of something that is less interconnected and complex. Try to pick an event that is in the news for more than a day, but remember that something that generates more than a dozen stories in any one outlet might be too large to analyze in detail. The 2016 crash of LaMia Flight 2933, which killed a Brazilian soccer team, worked well as an event. The 2014 mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Air Flight MH370 (which is still getting a bit of news coverage) produced far, far too much coverage for a student to examine in the context of this assignment. The choice of news outlets is similarly left to the student, with the provision that the outlets must meet the critical elements defining news. Students are reminded that the library has access to several databases of news coverage and it may be worth exploring what is available through those resources. Further notes on this: Recall from the lectures early in the term that any outlet, conservative or liberal, that does not demonstrate a clear commitment to disseminating timely, relevant and fact-based information does not meet the definition of news and should not be used. On the basis of that academic definition of news, Fox News is not considered to be news and may not be used for this assignment. If you wish to look at a conservative perspective, a reputable business-oriented news outlet, such as the Financial Times, is often a good choice. The chart of news outlets shown in the lectures can help inform your selection and students are reminded that the top portion of this chart includes the primary daily newspaper and local television broadcasts for most medium and large cities in free press regimes around the world.

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