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COM/310 Television News Program Analysis Paper

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Watch television news coverage of the same story on three different TV networks. Write an analysis of your findings in a 1,800- to 2,100-word paper. Include how the three different forms of coverage of the same news story are portrayed and how the segments are framed with regard to presentation and bias. Do not analyze the issue or story, but rather the coverage. This means you will need to mention the news story and give a brief background/description of the story, but the main focus will be how the story was covered by the three stations.


Cite at least two peer-reviewed sources other than your textbook. Peer-reviewed sources are generally academic journals, so be sure to utilize the University Library! Citing your textbook would also be a wise choice, but it is not required for this assignment.


As you write your paper, consider the following:


  • What are the points of view of the segments? Are they objective or subjective? How do they demonstrate that point of view? Was there anything that was included that should not have been? What was omitted? (The answers to these questions will require that you provide specific descriptions of what each story contained: was there a reporter on scene? Was there video? Statistics? Maps? How long was the story on each channel?, etc. Essentially, you need to tell what was on the screen in order for your reader to get a picture in their mind of each story.)
  • How are various social groups within the news segments represented?  (Whom did they interview?)
  • Are these news segments taken at face value or are they sensationalized for entertainment?
  • What do your findings say about television news and being a smart (educated) media consumer?
  • Remember, this is a Communication Theories course, so it is wise to use your knowledge of media theories to help your analysis. This is where the Peer Reviewed sources and the knowledge gained in studying our media theories (Cultivation Analysis, Uses and Gratifications, etc.) will come in to play.


Just like with your Week 3 paper, remember the resources that are provided here for you as Student Materials on the right side of the screen. Also, please remember the importance of an adequate thesis, introduction, and conclusion. Be sure to refer to your graded Week 3 Communication Theories Paper feedback as well! A few other considerations for this assignment:

  • Remember, television news stories are sources and should also be cited properly in APA format. These are not counted as your peer-reviewed sources.
  • If you are unable to watch televised news programs this week, you may retrieve broadcasted news segments from the network's web site.  This means they were originally produced to be aired on television. If you use the Internet you must still view the segments.  We are specifically comparing television news here, so it must come from a television station. Printed/written news articles will not be accepted as televised news sources.

Remember to use the COM/310 Grading Rubric as a checklist to be sure your paper contains the standard content, organization, and mechanics elements. Also, be sure to review your feedback on the Week 3 Communication Theories Paper to help guide you, especially if there were areas of improvement noted.

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