Project #33933 - 2 short stats essays

Essay 1 
Choose one of the issues presented below. All articles are available in the Digital Reading Room.

Copyright Laws and Intellectual Property: Are Copyright Laws Sufficient?

YES: Vaidhyanathan, S. (2006). Copyright jungle. Columbia Journalism Review, 45(3), 42–48. 

NO: Ardito, S. C. (2007). MySpace and YouTube meet the copyright cops. Searcher, 15(5), pp. 24–34.

Do Media Accurately Portray African-American Women? 

YES: Mascaro, T. A. (2005). Shades of black on homicide: Life on the street advances and retreats in portrayals of African American women. Journal of Popular Film and Television, 33(2), pp. 56–67. 

NO: Sanchez-Hucles, J., Hudgins, P. S., & Gamble, K. (2005) Reflection and distortion: Women of color in magazine advertisements. In E. Cole, & J. Henderson Daniel (Eds.), Featuring females(pp.185–198). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Do Video Games Cause Violent Behavior?

YES: Anderson, C. A., & Dill, K. E., (2000). Video games and aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behavior in the laboratory and in life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78(4), pp. 772–790.

NO: The Economist. (2005). Chasing the dream—Video gaming. The Economist, 376(8438), pp. 53–55.

Is Advertising Good for Society?

YES: Calfee, J. E. (1998). How advertising informs to our benefit. Consumers’ Research Magazine,81(4), p. 13.

NO: Godrej, D. (2006). Captive—How the ad industry pins us down. New Internationalist, 393, pp. 2–5.

Are Political/Military Leaders Responsible for Misinformation in Times of War?

YES: Schulman, D. (2006). Mind games. Columbia Journalism Review, 45(1), pp. 38–49.

NO: Ryan, M. (2006). Mainstream news media, an objective approach, and the march to war in Iraq. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 21(1), pp. 4–29.

Does Fake News Represent Genuine Journalism?

YES: Fox, J. R., Koloen, G., & Sahin, V. (2007). No joke: A comparison of substance in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and broadcast network television coverage of the 2004 presidential election campaign. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 51(2), pp. 213–227. 

NO: Hollander, B. A. (2005). Late-Night learning: Do entertainment programs increase political campaign knowledge for young viewers? Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 49(4), pp. 402–415.

Controlling Indecent Media Content: Is Industry Regulation Sufficient?

YES: Rabkin, R. (2002). Children, entertainment, and marketing. Consumer’s Research Magazine, 85(6), p. 14.

NO: Poniewozik, J. (2005). The decency police. Time, 165(13), pp. 24–31.

Independent Musical Artists: Are They Thriving in Today’s Music Business?

YES: Salter, C. (2007). Way behind the music. Fast Company, 112. 

NO: Boehlert, E. (2001). Pay for play. Salon.

Can Present Technology Support Internet Growth?

YES: Ante, S. E. (2007). Back from the dead. Business Week, 4040, pp. 48–56. 

NO: Talbot, D. (2006). The Internet is broken. Technology Review, 108(11), p. 62.

Can Newspapers Survive in the Electronic Age?

YES: Kuttner, R. (2007). The race: Newspapers can make it to a bright print-digital future after all—but only if they run fast and dodge Wall Street. Columbia Journalism Review, 45(6), pp. 24–32. 

NO: Klinenberg, E. (2007) Breaking the news. Mother Jones, 32(2), pp. 44–93.

If none of these controversies is of interest to you, go online to find two articles that take a pro and con stance on an issue of your choosing. 

The assignment is for you to choose one issue and read both the pro and the con positions presented. The only restriction on which issue you choose is that one or both sides must use statistics, research, or both to buttress their argument. Then, for the yes and no positions you have chosen to critique 

  1. identify those statements that appear to be fact (backed by statistical evidence) and those statements that appear to be the authors’ opinions.
  2. determine, based on your analysis, which of the two positions is most convincing.

Note: This essay assignment should be submitted in short essay format, typed, double-spaced, and not exceeding six pages in length. See the section titled “Writing Essays” for further information. Be sure to keep in mind that this is a statistical/research methods critique. Do not get diverted by issues that, while important, are not the assignment—i.e., moral issues, political positions, etc.

Essay 2

For this essay you will need to find a substantive media article (newspaper, magazine, etc.)—not a peer reviewed professional article—which reports the results of an experimental or correlational scientific study or series of studies. The article must contain enough information for a critique, including positive and negative evaluations. Your critique should include a brief summary of the focus of the article. Discuss positive factors that indicate the author followed appropriate guidelines for reporting statistical information; then discuss any negative aspects that suggest that the author did not follow appropriate guidelines. Make suggestions about how any shortcomings might be corrected. Crossen’s book is directly relevant to this essay. Cite it appropriately in your essay.

Note: This essay assignment should be submitted in short essay format, typed, double-spaced, and not exceeding six pages in length. See the section titled “Writing Essays” for further information.

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