choose one media program or article that deals with an issue related t
Choose one media program or article that deals with an issue related to the variables we
are exploring in this course: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or
social class. Examples of acceptable media include a newspaper article, a radio program,
a television show, or a movie. Find these via the Capella library or online. Feel free to
choose a topic or media source that is either domestic or global in content.
Then, write an essay that includes a brief summary of the main event or issues in your
article or program, clarifying how the event or issue connects to this course. Your essay
should accomplish the following:
1. Discuss sociological theories appropriate for promoting understanding of a
o Include relevant examples from the article or program to illustrate
2. Discuss how a media piece may affect or might have been influenced by policy
o Consider how individuals in power influence decisions regarding
how issues are portrayed. This can include corporate executives,
lobbyists, special interest groups, or those who own a particular
newspaper, channel, or media conglomerate.
3. Discuss how minority and dominant groups are portrayed in a media piece to
understand influences on discrimination.
o Relate your discussion to Merton's typology of prejudice and
discrimination from the Merton's Typology of Prejudice and
4. Analyze data that is appropriate for supporting or refuting the central tenets
of your media piece.
o If data (statistical information) is cited in your media selection, you
may go to that source and analyze it yourself; then consult an
additional source that supports or refutes the data presented.
5. Apply in text the standard writing conventions for the discipline, including
structure, voice, person, tone, and citation formatting.
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