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 two - Objectivity, or not?
"With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as objective journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms." Hunter S Thompson (1937-2005), US journalist, author and founder of gonzo journalism.
Develop an argument that either agrees or disagrees with the above quote and discuss it within the context of contemporary journalism. Use the academic literature and actual examples from the news media to argue a particular position.
1. Find the task word(s)in your question. For example:
2. Find the content words in your question.
3.Find the parameters for your search
Planning your search will help you find information more efficiently. Start by:
A table or mindmap can be a useful strategy for doing this.
For example, if you are researching 'objective journalism in contemporary journalism', you could do:
|Synonyms (similar concepts)||
Tip: As you search add concepts you come across to include in searches.
Now you need to put these keywords together and build a search and develop your search criteria.
Remember use these to build your search criteria:
After you build up a search strategy, you can start to apply them in search tools, such as the example searches below.
The Library Collection can be a useful starting point in locating information.
To do a search, try using:
Use the Refine my results menu to limit your results:
Search a database when you are not finding relevant results via the Collection, want to explore further, or in order to restrict your results to a specific discipline, topic area or material type. Here is an example search in ProQuest Social Science Premium Collection.
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:
Try Google Scholar to find scholarly information. An advantage of Google Scholar is that it provides access to the full text of many UniSA scholarly (academic) articles if you connect via the link above, or from the Library home page.
The Advanced Scholar Search option gives more flexibility when you search. To access it select the menu (three lines) in the top left hand corner of Google Scholar. This menu will appear once you do an initial search in Google Scholar.
Here is an example:
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.
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.
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.
There is also a Writing your assignment page that can also assist you with interpreting your topic and planning your search