COMM 1062 Journalism: Principles and Practices
|This help page will get you started in finding material to include in Assessment 2 - Essay.|
You will need to choose one of the topics provided. The essay must be based on your wider academic research and reading on your chosen topic.
Always read the assessments information in your course website and outline to understand exactly what you need to do.
Begin your search plan by breaking down your topic into keywords.
For example, lets' look at topic three - Journalists, sources, and voices
|Last year, 2021, marked the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. As Indigenous imprisonment rates and deaths in custody continue to increase, to what extent has the media done its job of holding governments to account for their implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations? Use the academic literature, deaths in custody reports and reviews, and either several examples or a single case study from contemporary news media to support and illustrate your analysis.|
1. Find the common instruction word(s) in your question. For example:
Tip: To what extent?....Consider both sides, make a judgment and defend it. Similar to evaluate or discuss.
2. Find topic words or keyword(s)
Tip: Topic words (or keywords) are usually easy to locate. They tell you what you have to write about.
|Synonyms (similar concepts||
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Example Library Collection search
"royal commission" AND Aboriginal death*" AND custody
Use the Refine my results menu to limit your results to:
Example Google Scholar search
"royal commission" AND ("Indigenous OR Aboriginal OR "First Nations" death") AND "media coverage" AND government*
TIP: Use the Advanced Search in ProQuest to combine your key concepts
1. Select the Advanced Search option (top). Add a different concept (keyword) in each new line using the connector AND.
2. Add any synonyms (similar concepts) to each line using the connector OR. This will broaden your search
3. Focus your search further by using the options to the left of the results:
Information comes in many different forms and depending on your assessment requirements, some types of information are more appropriate than others. You may even be asked to use specific types of information, such as peer-reviewed articles. When planning your search, it is important to consider what type of information you will need. Explore the diagram below to discover different types of information.
Take a look at the New Media Guide where you can find news in various formats such as print, online and video content. This guide will assist you to find News content through Library subscribed resources and online.
You can also search news in some of the key databases.
This guide will help locate "actual examples from the news media to argue a particular position". You can search for relevant case studies using different news media formats.by selecting the links below.
Once you have evaluated the different types of information you will be using for your essay, start to think about the writing process. Look at Writing and Academic Language where you will find useful resources on developing your critical thinking skills as well as demonstrating critical thinking in your writing.
There is also a Writing your assignment page that can also assist you with interpreting your topic and planning your search