We discussed this early in the course, but let me go over once again what the news analysis is. While your shorter web stories have reported on events ( they have told us that something has happened), your news analysis should try and explain why something has happened, and what its implications are. For example, we know that violence and protests have broken out again in Cairo, several months after the Mubarak regime was overthrown. A news analysis would try and why this has happened. What are the causes for this unrest? Who are the protestors? What does this mean for other countries? You are unlikely to get definitive answers to the questions you raise in your news analysis ( very few issues have clear cut answers), but you can give your reader an idea of what the different opinions are on your topic. The important thing is to find a topic that you find interesting, and which your readers will find interesting.
> Where will you get material for your news analysis? The same kind of sources you used for your web stories- news reports, reports from think tanks, and e mail and phone interviews with experts.
> How long should it be? Around 750 words. The deadline: Dec. 1.
> The deadline for the last of your web stories in Nov 28, when we have our last class.
> For our last class, we will be talking via skype with Bethany Matta, a former MJ student who is now in Afghanistan. She will be in Kandahar on that day, and I hope the skype connections are OK. She is not going to be giving a talk or lecture; this will be more of a question and answer session about her work and life in Afghanistan. Check her twitter feed http://twitter.com/BethanyMatta.
> We will have our presentations from our last group on the poisoned fruits of globalization.
> I’m going to be ordering pizza, and will bring a bottle or two of wine for a small after course celebration after class. Weather permitting, we can meet outside Eliot Hall, and use the stone tables in front of DM lab. Feel free to bring any food and drink….Hope you can all make it!