Your final 9- to 12-page paper will pose and answer a research question relating to media/mass communication history. The paper will be a minimum of nine full pages of text, including APA parenthetical citations (but not the cover page and bibliography), and utilize at least eight scholarly journal articles or books. Websites and your course readings will not be counted toward these eight and should not be used.
Here are a few examples of research questions:
• How did segregationist pressures impact the freedom of the press during the civil rights movement?
• How did Lyndon Johnson’s relationship with the press evolve over the Vietnam War?
• How was the murder of Elijah Lovejoy reported in pro-slavery newspapers?
• You will have two paper consultations. The first will be during the week of March 3 and is intended to discuss potential topic ideas before you get started with your actual proposal (see below). It will also be an opportunity to ask any questions regarding the assignment details. To make the first consultation as beneficial as possible, it’s recommended that you develop some basic ideas or at least areas of interest beforehand.
• Your second consultation will occur during the week of March 23 after your paper proposal has been submitted. The consultation will lead to a finalized research question.
• Both consultations can be done in person or over the phone. However, they have to be done. Proposals and final papers submitted without the consultation will not be graded.
A one-page, double-spaced paper proposal will be due via Blackboard at 11:59 p.m. on March 20. The proposal should include a clear research question, a brief overview of the topic, and your ideas about potential subtopics within the paper.
The subtopics will simply provide a road map for your paper that tells me what you plan to cover. For example, a paper on segregationist pressures and the freedom of the press might include the subtopics of: 1) background on the importance of the media to the civil rights movement and segregationists; 2) discussion of segregationist legal pressure on the media; 3) discussion of segregationist violence against the media; and 4) discussion of segregationist economic pressures against the media. Each proposal will vary in the number of subtopics, but try to come up with at least three.
In addition, with the proposal you must submit at least 10 potential sources from scholarly book/journals. You are not required to use all 10 sources, but they should demonstrate you are familiar with the existing scholarship on the topic. These 10 sources should be turned in as a list of references and include full bibliographic information using APA style citations.
The final draft of your paper is due via Blackboard at noon on April 29. Late assignments will be accepted for 3/4 credit up to 24 hours after the due date and 1/2 credit up to 48 hours late. Assignments will not be accepted after noon on May 1.
Here are the details:
• Your paper should have a title page – paper title, your name, and date (not included in the page requirement)
• Research question/thesis statement should be apparent in the first two to four paragraphs
No methods section and no literature review is required
• 9-12 double-spaced and numbered pages of text total
• 12-point Times New Roman font and standard 1-inch Word margins
• APA parenthetical citations
• No spelling, grammar or style mistakes
• Bibliography/references page using APA style (not included in the page requirement)
• No first person
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