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Write a report of at least 400 words, telling three significant lessons about communication or journalism that you have learned or observed while studying “The Race Beat.”
I want to know what insights you have gained, not just historical facts. I want you to relate what you saw in “The Race Beat” to what we have learned this term about interviewing and information gathering.
Your report should be about media coverage of the civil rights movement, not about the movement itself. For example, you might want to comment on:
- How journalists did their jobs during this time
- The techniques they used for gathering information and interviewing
- The obstacles they faced
- What differences they made (for better or worse)
- How the movement might have turned out differently if not for news coverage
- How the emergence of TV news influenced the civil rights movement
- The early and changing roles of the black press
- The roles of white Southern editors, both liberal and conservative
- Coverage by The New York Times, the TV networks or another particular part of the media
- Whether Gunnar Myrdal’s theories turned out to be on target
- How the media’s role back then compares with the media’s role now
- How the civil rights movement might have played out differently if the internet and social media had been available back then
- How today’s technology is being used to bring awareness to human rights struggles around the world
- What “The Race Beat” tells you about the significance to society of communication and journalism
- How communication and information influence people’s behavior
- What the civil rights news coverage teaches today’s journalists about how to do their jobs
Cite specific examples of people and incidents from the book to back up your conclusions. Don’t use footnotes; just give enough details to make the sources clear.
Make clear what your three lessons are by putting them in separate, numbered paragraphs.
Submit your report as an attachment through Canvas by typing or pasting your text directly into the submission field.
You will be graded on how much understanding you show of the story told in “The Race Beat”; the usefulness of your conclusions to the study of communication and journalism; how well you express your conclusions and support them with evidence; the quality and clarity of your writing; whether you use correct sentence structure, spelling, punctuation and grammar; and how well you follow instructions.