Write an essay (500-700 words) in which you conduct an analysis of the media coverage of one
important issue in two different countries/ideological entities. You will need to demonstrate
systematically the ways in which these specific instances of mass media help to shape our
understandings, beliefs, and viewpoints about that issue. How does the media influence how
we see the world? In order to support your viewpoints, you will need to discuss similarities and
differences in perspectives between the two countries or ideological entities and provide specific
examples that come from your sources. In what way is the media representation of the issue for
one side similar to the media representation for the other side. In what ways are they different?
Why do you think this is so?
SUGGESTIONS for your analysis – what to look for to quote your sources and support your
• find one or two powerful lines of text in news stories
• look for adjectives and adverbs and other descriptors that express opinion and that also
work to shape readers’ viewpoints.
• what sorts of photos are used? You might want to include a copy as an appendix to your
• What sorts of juxtapositions or striking contrasts are used? (e.g., healthy foods vs.
unhealthy foods, wellness vs. illness, “acceptable/normal ways of doing things” vs.
“unacceptable/abnormal ways of doing things”).