Review coverage of one of the following topics in a media source (or sources) of your choice:
E coli outbreak in Europe in May-June 2011
Dioxins in pork in December 2008.
The review should address, but should not be limited to, the following areas: news values in play; likely internal and external factors involved in the choice of stories to be covered; differences in language and imagery, viewpoint and presentation styles of your chosen media.
This assignment is not required to be presented as a formal content analysis. But you should use examples as far as possible to illustrate your points and you should define clearly which media you have selected. If you think a different selection might give a different ‘result’, say why you think this is so.
The word count is 800-1000 words. You may include images to illustrate your points.
Some databases of newspaper archives are:
Areas covered: viewpoint, presentation, factors, language, imagery, news values
Viewpoint refers to the outlook of an article
who it affects
Presentation – how the article is laid out in accordance to the type of media
THRESHOLD AND PERSONALISATION
Is it big or is it small?
How many people does it affect?
Does the author give any opinion?
Is it impartial, biased?
INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL FACTORS
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