Critical Thinking – Assignment – Week 5

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Instructions – Choose one Option

Critical Thinking Option 1: How to Detect Media Bias

How to detect media bias and propaganda in national and world news. 

Find a current event related to a social issue of your choosing (no older than a few months) that was widely covered by the media.

  1. Choose two different news articles from two different media sources.  Write an essay comparing and contrasting your two sources.
  2. Clearly identify the author, title of article, name of publication. Take notice of the type of article: local, national or international news story, editorial, or column, etc.
  3. Identify the main claim and supporting reasons or premises of your article.
  4. Analyze the logic of the article according to the critical analysis tools we have been studying throughout the course, including identifying fallacies and rhetorical devices. Try looking deeper into the news coverage to discern the significant information that is omitted, and if the evidence is viable.  Discern the logic of the arguments in each specific news article.  Be alert to discern if there are rival causes and if the evidence is deceptive.  Consider what significant information is omitted or if other reasonable conclusions are possible.

Sources and Citation: In addition to the two news articles, find and cite two scholarly sources to back up the claims and conclusions of your analyses. Feel free to use the readings from the course. Remember to include all sources used, including the newspaper articles, in an APA-formatted reference page.

Your paper, including citations and references, should be 4-5 pages in length, well written, and formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements.

Review the grading rubric for this assignment, which can be accessed in the Module 5 folder, to understand exactly how you will be graded. Reach out to your instructor if you have questions about the assignment.

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Critical Thinking Option 2: Media Bias Reflection Presentation

How to detect media bias and propaganda in national and world news. 

Find a current event related to a social issue of your choosing (no older than a few months) that was widely covered by the media. 

  1. Choose two different news articles from two different media sources.  Construct a powerpoint or prezi presentation comparing and contrasting your two sources.
  2. Clearly identify the author, title of article, name of publication. Take notice of the type of article: local, national or international news story, editorial, or column, etc.
  3. Identify the main claim and supporting reasons or premises of your article.
  4. Analyze the logic of the article according to the critical analysis tools we have been studying throughout the course, including identifying fallacies and rhetorical devices. Try looking deeper into the news coverage to discern the significant information that is omitted, and if the evidence is viable.  Discern the logic of the arguments in each specific news article.  Be alert to discern if there are rival causes and if the evidence is deceptive.  Consider what significant information is omitted or if other reasonable conclusions are possible.

Sources and Citation: In addition to the two news articles, find and cite two scholarly sources to back up the claims and conclusions of your analyses. Feel free to use the readings from the course. The CSU-Global Library is another good place to find your sources. Remember to include all sources used, including the newspaper articles, in an APA-formatted reference page.

Format your presentation of 8 to 10 slides, including all citations and references, according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements.

Review the grading rubric for this assignment, which can be accessed in the Module 5 folder, to understand exactly how you will be graded. Reach out to your instructor if you have questions about the assignment.