Journalism A weekly plan Sept. 17 – 21

For Journalism A

Monday, Sept. 17: American Media History – 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Short Answer – 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

1. How were the attacks initially reported?

2. How did each form of media cover this breaking news story: Television, Radio, Newspaper, Internet?

3. How would this event be covered by today’s media and how would it be different from 2001?

4. How would this event have been covered in 1930, 1960 and 1990?

Tuesday, Sept. 18: American Media History – Vietnam War

Short answer – Vietnam War

1. How did media coverage of the war impact public opinion and support of the efforts on U.S. soil?

2. How was media coverage of the Vietnam War different from previous wars?

3. Who is Walter Cronkite and what was his role as a journalist during the Vietnam War?

Wednesday, Sept. 19: American Media History – Watergate and The Washington Post

Short answer – Watergate and The Washington Post?

1. Who are Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein? Be sure to mention their connection to the Watergate story.

2. What is “Watergate? and why is this name associated with the Woodward/Bernstein story? How is The Washington Post associated with this event?

3. How did the Watergate story impact President Richard Nixon?

Thursday, Sept. 20: American Media History – O.J. Simpson Trial

Short answer – O.J. Simpson Trial

1. What was unique about media coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1995 which made it different from other high profile trials?

2. How did the media coverage of the trial impact public opinion regarding Simpson’s guilt or innocence?

3. What event involving O.J. Simpson occurred during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in June 1994 and how was it covered by the media?

4. Give an example of a cable channel that greatly benefited and enhanced its exposure through its covered of the O.J. Simpson trial (and how did it benefit).

Friday, Sept. 21: Newspaper Day. All students must bring an entire copy of The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, New York Times, or USA Today to class on Friday. Paper must be from either Sept. 20, 21 or 22.


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