Capstone Project Part 1: Introduction
The Capstone Project is a 4-part project that will require students to critically analyze and research an event that has been covered extensively in the media. The project will consist of an introduction, a case study, a final paper, and a video. The Capstone Project assignment contributes to (a) the writing assignments for Gordon Rule, and (b) assessment of the University Core Curriculum outcomes of critical thinking, content knowledge, and written/oral communication skills.
To begin this assignment, students will pick a current event within the last year. The event must align with one of the four issues that are covered in your textbook. Make sure you pick an event that has been covered globally since this will be an important necessity for Part 2 of the project.
These four issues are:
1. Ownership of Mass Media Businesses
3. Media Violence
Write an 800-word essay in APA Style that identifies the key ideas of the event:
• How did the media shape the event/story?
• How did others react to the way it was portrayed in the media?
• Did others create movements based on the way the media portrayed the event?
• Did people react differently in other parts of the world?
• How was the event shaped by various information systems?
DO NOT include the questions within your essay and make sure you're not summarizing the event. The essay should provide examples, sources, and facts to back up your claims. This project is going to require you to be resourceful. You will need to do research outside of your textbook. You will be required to use sources that are reputable and factual. Wikipedia and tabloids are not a good source to use.
Directions for Capstone Project Part 1: Introduction:
• Word count for the body of the essay: 800. Going under or over the word count will be counted against your overall grade for the assignment.
• Times New Roman 12pt. font double-spaced.
• Must be written in third person. DO NOT include yourself or your name in the essay.
• Needs to be in APA style: A cover page, running header, citations within the body of the essay, and a reference page at the end.