For this assignment, you will pick, research, and analyze a media ethics case study from the last 15 years that relates to one of the weekly topics. Case study in this instance does not mean a legal case, but rather a noteworthy, interesting, or paradigmatic instance of media practice (think of the articles on To Catch a Predator or Pension Peril as examples).
You will research the case itself, commentary on it, and the primary ethical issue at stake in it. With your research, you will detail the history of the case; the different ethical decisions, loyalties, and possibilities in the case; and argue which action would have been the most appropriate for the case. In other words, you will describe the case, discuss it, and make an original judgment about what should have been done. It is important that your judgment take into account not only ethics but the also the context and possibilities of the situation. Which is to say, your judgment must weigh the ideal ethical behavior against pragmatic considerations. Each of the activities in the paper (detail, discuss, and judge) are somewhat separate, but you must articulate each so that they support one another.
You must use at least one of the academic article to guide your judgment. You may use the case studies in the reading pack as corollary examples for support. Note though that the academic articles and the case studies will not be sufficient on their own. How much research you do is in the end up to you and will be dictated by your case, the ethical issue, and your interest in the assignment. Naturally, you will be graded on how well you support your claims and you must cite at least 3 sources from outside of the class texts, such as blogs, news articles, academic articles, and/or books.
The final paper should be 5 pages long, double spaced, in 12-point font and MLA Format. The Works Cited page is not counted in the 5 required pages.
? Claim: An original, logical, and focused exposition and judgment of an ethical case study.
? Support: Ideas developed with relevant information and supported by cited research and in-depth analysis.
? Structure: Detailed, explicit relationships between all topics and transitions between ideas, sentences, and paragraphs that create a smoothly flowing paper.
? Clarity and Style: Clear, concise writing that has few errors (word choice, spelling, capitalization, grammar, and style: passive voice, first and second person point of view, title formatting, etc.) and uses the conventions of academic discourse (serious tone, elevated vocabulary, correct page formatting, etc.).
? Citation: Correct and thorough referencing of all sources (both quoted and paraphrased) in MLA format in parenthetical citations and on the Works Cited page.