viewpoint comparison


Select two hardcopy magazines (NOT online) with very different viewpoints from each other but which discuss some of the same issues. You should easily recognize the way that viewpoints act as “filters” so that two writers starting with the same facts will interpret them very differently. Mayfield lists several such magazines on pp. 217-218. Although you are not limited to these publications, this list may be helpful to you in selecting your magazines (you can perform an online search for the web-links). You will also find Mayfield?s discussion of News Framing useful in discovering your magazines? viewpoints by analyzing their choice of graphics, navigation, typography, advertisements, letters to the editor, tables of contents, etc.
Once you have determined the contrasting viewpoints of the magazines, locate an article in each magazine that discusses approximately the same subject matter (international events, politics, science, etc.). Use these two articles to write a three-page essay demonstrating this assignment?s thesis: the viewpoint of a magazine influences the opinions expressed in the articles it publishes. Be sure to document your sources with APA in-text citations and accompanying APA References page.
Resources for Success:
Make sure you include all requirements of the assignment in your paper – See Viewpoints Comparison Rubric and Guidelines.
See a Sample Student Viewpoint Comparison Paper for a “good” (not perfect) example.
Include a Cover Page – See Sample APA Formatted Paper.
Read section one on ?Writing? in Hult and Huckin?s (2008) book
Submit your paper to SmartThinking (see External Links)
Tips for Success:
Be sure that you include all requirements of the assignment in your paper. After you write your paper, review the requirements again to be sure that you included everything.
All papers require APA formatted references and citations. Be sure to review your references and citations to ensure proper formatting. Be sure to follow APA guidelines for formatting your papers ? including a cover page and References page. All papers should be double-spaced and in 12 pt. Times New Roman.
Be especially sure that you integrate concepts covered in class into your paper. I am looking for phrases such as “inferences,” “observations,” “assimilation,” “accommodation,” etc. Think about what has been covered in class prior to your next paper, and be sure to integrate these concepts into your paper.
Be very careful not to plagiarize. If you are not clear about exactly what plagiarism is, please review the content in Course Modules: Introduction. I have very little tolerance for plagiarism.
Do not write in first or second person (me, I, we, our, us, etc.). APA requires all papers to be written in third person.
Do not use contractions (such as “can’t,” “won’t,” “don’t,” etc.) in academic writing. Instead, use “cannot,” “will not,” and “do not.”

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