media critique on medical issue
Media Critique Guidelines
The paper should be approximately 5-7 typed pages in length, 12-point font, 1” margins, double-spaced.
You will need to find TWO items: a media report and a scholarly article. Acceptable sources include newspapers, magazines, television/radio news reports, the web, etc. After selecting an article/report you can relate to the course material, you must locate a corroborating scholarly reference; most often this will be a journal article (cited in your article/report if available, or closely related research on the same topic/issue).
After careful thought, you will write up a critique. Begin with 1) a paragraph summarizing the content/issue(s) in the article, and 2) a paragraph describing the original research source. The bulk of the write-up will critically evaluate the material, comparing the article to the original research, and relating it to information/themes covered in the class.
Among the questions you should consider:
1. What models of health, illness, or healing are used?
2. Generally, does the “data” presented seem to support the conclusions that are drawn. Note that by nature the summary news bytes will not provide sufficient information for a detailed critique, and research reports tend to be very technical. Stating this is not sufficient.
3. How might an alternative sociological perspective or health model approach the topic or interpret the data differently?
4. What kinds of information are still unknown — what further research remains to be done?
5. How accurately does the article represent the original research report (or research in the area)?
6. A final paragraph will describe why you personally find the article/issue interesting.
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