Length—7 typed, double-spaced pages in MLA format (The Works Cited page DOES NOT
Length—7 typed, double-spaced pages in MLA format (The Works Cited page DOES NOT count toward the length requirement.)
Sources: Minimum of five. NOTE: You may certainly use Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media as one source. I’d like you to have some variety, but having a print source isn’t required.
Instructions: Your job in your first argumentative essay will be to critique media coverage of a recent (within the last twelve months) news story. After reading, watching, and listening to coverage of a topic you choose, you will create a composition in which you ARGUE which media source did the BEST job of covering the story. In fact, your thesis should have language which reads something similar to this: “After reviewing the totality of the coverage, X clearly does the best job of reporting the story.”
AGAIN, DO NOT JUST SUMMARIZE THE STORY. YOUR JOB IS TO ARGUE WHICH SOURCE IS BEST BASED ON SUBJECTIVE CRITERIA YOU CREATE. Here’s an example of a good claim which might begin (deductive) or end (inductive) a paragraph: Source x does the best job of incorporating visual elements into the coverage. (Whereas you will most often be working with quotes, this claim actually allows you to paste the visual elements as evidence and to analyze them to prove your claim and thesis.)