Short writing #2 Media effects

Look at some of the news coverage (at least two pieces from national outlets) surrounding the alleged Russian election meddling via ad buys on Facebook. In your assignment, describe the type of coverage you are seeing (e.g. hard news, analysis, opinion pieces). Then relate that coverage back to at least one of the media theories that we have been considering in class (cultivation, agenda setting, uses and gratifications, framing or priming). Speculate about how the coverage you are seeing might affect public opinion regarding the past election and the Trump presidency overall. Support your speculations with information from the articles you selected. At the end of your essay provide links to the articles you considered.


In terms of citations: we start to be a little more concerned about formal citations. You should acknowledge where your materials and ideas are coming from, when they are not wholly your own. To cite an article you want to discuss, you might say, “As Entman describes in their article in our reader…”
 If you want to go ahead and start using APA citation style even better.


Your writing assignment should be uploaded to The writing assignment is due in section during the week of Sept 25-29.

Extra credit #1

Dear J201 students,

Here’s an opportunity for you to earn .5 points of extra credit for J201. You are invited to participate in an online study concerning what people learn from reading news stories. Your participation in this study will involve reading excerpts from news articles and answering questions about various political issues.

This study can be completed online and may be taken on any computer with an Internet connection at a time and location of your convenience. We expect your participation to last less than 20 minutes. This study will be open until 11:59pm Friday, Sept. 22nd.

In order to participate in this research study, you need to be at least 18 years old. Your participation is completely voluntary. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the researcher, Douglas McLeod at

If you would like to receive extra credit, but do not want to participate in the study, you may attend an alternate lecture about the study on October 27 1pm-2pm, Vilas 5157. Please note that you cannot receive credit for both—you will get a maximum of .5 points for participating in this study or attending the alternative lecture.

To participate in the online study, simply click on the following link and follow the directions:

Thank you in advance for your help with our study.