The purpose of the Final Research Paper is to
provide an opportunity to integrate your understanding of how you, as an
international journalist, would choose to analyze and report the news,
particularly as it relates to war coverage. This assignment requires you to
research and evaluate the report of a single incident related to an
international military conflict or war in any part of the world. The wars in
Afghanistan or Iraq are obvious choices, but you may address other existing
global conflicts, including those in Africa, Asia, Central America, or
This assignment should be written as a personal
narrative in which you describe, in detail, how you would address the various
social, cultural, and governmental challenges of being an “outsider” attempting
to gain information from sources in your selected area of the world. Consider
each area—social, cultural, and governmental—separately. Spend time analyzing
the setting and discussing the obstacles you would encounter as you met with a
person, group of people, or organization within each of the areas mentioned
of the Final Research Paper
In eight to ten pages, discuss how you would present the facts and who your contacts would
be. Ask yourself these questions as you complete the research project:
•What are the
potential roadblocks to gaining the confidence of those who are in a different
part of the world?
•Which sources would you trust, and why? How would you know you could trust them?
•Would you relinquish your ideas of democracy and
freedom, and report the story from the political, societal, or cultural
perspective of the place from which you are reporting?
•What steps would you take to protect yourself from
issues to consider include:
conflicts that will surface due to your understanding and practice of Western
journalism theory compared to the theory and practice of journalism as it is
conducted elsewhere in the world.
•How freedom of the press is interpreted in select
countries and regions worldwide.
•Philosophical differences among national media
systems that exist globally.
Be sure to describe in detail what it would be like to be embedded with the military. What
special challenges would this bring? Would you consider winning the confidence of opposing military forces in order to “get the story”?
Although the Final should be written as a personal narrative, you should also include sources in your text. Incorporate at least one idea or concept from your textbook, International News Reporting, on each page.
•Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length
and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style
•Must use at least five to eight scholarly sources
in addition to the text, at least two of which are found in Ashford Online
Library. Wikipedia is an example of a source that is NOT acceptable.
•Must include an introductory paragraph with a
succinct thesis statement.
•Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and
a conclusion paragraph.
•Must include a Reference Page that is completed
according to APA (6th edition) style as outlined in the approved APA style guide.