International Issues Project:You will maintain a small “scrapbook” of international newspaper articles relevant to a particular, current international topic. You will write an analysis of these newspaper 4 articles in a 2000-word-minimum essay.Times New Roman, 12 font.
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International Issues Paper Instructions– Winter 2019
Anthro 41a/ IS 11
You are required to turn in a one paragraph summary explaining which recent
international event you INTEND to write your paper on to your TA on the evening
of Feb. 11 (the night of the midterm). Please be sure there are a sufficient number of
newspaper articles from different sources available to support your topic choice.
The purpose of this project is to further develop your critical thinking, research skills and to
encourage you to delve into an international issue of your choosing. The project consists of two
components: a collection of at least four current newspaper articles related to a single
international event of your choosing, and 2000 word summary-analysis paper devoted to the
articles you selected for this project. You will also need to include a “works cited” or
bibliography page along with hard copies of each of your news articles when you submit your
All materials for this project are due to your TA in lecture on Mon., March 4, 2019. Late papers
will lose 10 points for each day they are late.
Purpose of the Paper (Examining the Production of Contemporary Historiography) – The goal
of this paper is to allow you to analyze how “historiography” is an ongoing process largely
influenced by the news media. History is a subjectively generated product. History incorporates
the biases and viewpoints of those who produce it. The news media today is a key source in
providing us with “meaning” connected to newsworthy “historical” events. In fact, the news
media is in fact a major part of the process that generates “history.” Although news media
reporters and editors frequently claim that they are presenting “just the facts,” the way in which
these “facts” are presented often carry a number of biases that strongly influence public
perception and interpretations of current events.
For this assignment, you are going to pick a specific, single international event and examine how
this event is presented by different news media sources from around the globe. You are being
asked to compare the articles you have selected for this assignment and discuss how the differing
ways in which the event you have chosen actually reflects more than the “plain” facts, but rather
reveals complex layers of social values, assumptions, biases, beliefs and meanings by each of
your articles’ authors.
Selecting a Topic
1) First, select a single international news event that has occurred in the past 60 days. Since the
purpose of the paper is to address international issues, the event you select for this assignment
must have occurred OUTSIDE of the United States (although the issue may INCLUDE the US
as one of the agents involved). There are numerous current news issues to choose from, but for
this project I strongly suggest that you choose an event of a political or social nature.
If you are struggling to find a topic for this paper, you may want to check out respected news
sources online such a CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, etc. to get a sense of current news events that are
relevant to this assignment.
2) Your topic should be a single, recent event, not an ongoing issue. For example, you might
choose to discuss a recent, single action that took place in Yemen or Afghanistan or Syria or the
Central African Republic, or Palestine, etc., but you may NOT choose the overall, ongoing
violence in Yemen or Afghanistan or Syria or The Central African Republic, or Palestine, etc., as
your topic. For example, you could choose a single, recent protest, or meeting or act of violence
that has recently occurred in Syria as your event for this paper, but you may not choose the
overall ongoing civil war in Syria as your topic. A recent election (outside of the US), a newly
approved law or act of legislation (outside of the US), an international political meeting, the
signing of a treaty or international agreement, a single act of violence, a recent missile test, a
recent day of protest or a recent military action that took place on a single day would all be
possible topics for this paper. However, any paper that tries to address the entirety of the Syrian
civil war, war refugees, peace in the Middle East, Aids in Africa, poverty in India, international
human rights, human trafficking in Southeast Asia or drug trafficking in Mexico, etc. are all too
broad for this assignment and are not appropriate topics for this class. You need to choose
something much smaller – a single action or event that occurred on a specific day – as a topic for
this assignment. For example, you could pick some relatively small, particular portion of an
issue to focus on, such as a reaction to a controversial law that has just been passed, or a
particular act of violence that recently occurred, or a recent meeting between heads of state or a
recent foreign election, or a recent military intervention, etc. Also, please do not choose a
sporting event, a natural disaster, a health crisis or an outbreak of disease for this assignment.
You may NOT write your paper about an event that occurred in the US, such as the recent reopening of the US government or President Trump’s push to build a border wall, since this
would be a domestic issue and you must choose an international topic for this assignment.
3) You will need to have collected at least four newspaper articles on the SAME EVENT from
DIFFERENT nations. You are only permitted to use one article from a US newspaper source and
your other three article choices should be on the same event but each one must be selected from a
DIFFERENT newspaper and from a DIFFERENT nation. In other words, each article you
choose will come from a different nation’s newspaper, but all four articles must still be focused
on the same event and should have been published within 48 hours of each other. This will
enable you to distinguish how a particular event is presented differently in various newspapers
from around the world. You may use online versions of newspaper articles. The articles may not
be more than 60 days old when you submit your final paper. Please do not use op-ed pieces for
this assignment (do not use articles from either the opinion or editorial section of a newspaper).
You will need to submit hard copies of each of your newspaper articles when you submit your
Conclusion: Write a 2000 word Project Summary-Critique
4) WRITE a 2000 minimum word (double spaced, medium size 10 –12 font, standard margins)
in which you provide a summary and comparison of the different articles you have selected for
this assignment. You will search for differing emphases and patterns between your articles, and
you will consider the differing impact each individual article might make on its reader depending
on how the issue is presented and handled by each author. You are to examine and critique the
differing ways in which the issue is being presented in your articles.
Also, for this paper, you need to consider how the news reports of today become the
“historiography” of tomorrow. This is an opportunity for you to think critically about how the
news is presented to the reader in each newspaper. Do you have a sense that certain “facts” are
being emphasized in one article while those same facts are dismissed or ignored or presented
somewhat differently by the authors in some of your other selected articles? Do you have a sense
that only one particular side of the issue is being presented in a particular article? If so, why do
you think this is happening? In what ways has the event you have selected for this assignment
been reported differently in each of your articles? (Keep in mind that these differences may be
subtle). In what way might these differences influence the reader to draw a different conclusion
about the event? A particular new article will often (though not always) tend to focus on only
side of an issue. Which sides of the issue do you see being presented in your different articles?
Why do you think this might this be happening? In what way might ethnocentric perspectives or
national interests be influencing how the issue is being presented differently in each of your
articles? Do you see any biases built into the way that the issue is being presented or reported by
the authors of your articles?
Finally, what have you learned through this process? What have you come to understand about
the production of “news” and the power of the news media over the reader by comparing these
You must include a hard copy of all of your newspaper articles with your final paper. You
must include a bibliography/reference page with your final paper. You must include a
word count on your paper.
This paper and all accompanying materials, including hard copies of your articles and a
works cited page, is due to your TA in lecture on Mon., March 4, 2019 This paper is worth
200 points (20% of the possible points for this course).
Late papers will lose ten points for each day they are submitted late.
****You are required to submit a one paragraph, TYPED, summary of what you plan to
write your paper to class on Nov. 6 (the evening of the midterm). Please include your
name, your student id# and your current email address on your summary.****
Accessing the Newsbank data source in order to find newspaper articles:
As a UCI student, you may search and download from a large database of newspapers that are
available to you through the campus library link located at:
After opening the above link, click on the “News” tab and then click on the “Newsbank: Access
World News” link. On the next page you will want to click on the “world” shortcut.
You can then start your search for articles related to your selected news event.
If you are off campus, you will need to login through the VPN before you can access the above
database. To access this data base from off campus please go FIRST to:
then click on the “Web VPN (Login now)” tab which will then instruct you to login using your
UCInet ID. After logging in through the VPN link you will be able to access the campus library
databases including the Newsbank (World Newspapers) database.
TIPS ON WRITING A GOOD
should catch your
reader’s attention and
outline what your
paper is about.
Problem (state the issue
you are examining)
• Thesis (what is your
main argument, what is
the paper about)
• Question (what are
some questions the
paper wants to answer)
This is the main
content and bulk
of the paper,
where you make
presented above in
Structure (should follow the order
of the thesis, should flow logically
from each other, transition words
Sentences (keep paragraphs short,
short sentences, clear and pithy)
Language (formal language, not
General to specific (when making
points, start with a general
argument, then provide specific
examples to back up your
Quotations (try and use quotes
from your sources to back up
Class resources (incorporate
things from the class, readings,
lectures, films, try and link
concepts from your paper to those
we’ve discussed in class
paper with a
final points about
what you learned
from this paper,
closed, no gaps)
USE OF CITATIONS
Citations go at the end of
NO: When you quote
something “from a
newspaper or journal,”
(Douglas 2008) make
sure you cite the
YES: When you quote
something “from a
newspaper or journal,”
make sure you cite the
source (Douglas 2008).
Citations go inside the
NO: When you cite
something, “make sure
that you use the correct
format,” reminded the
YES: When you cite
something, “make sure
that you use the correct
format,” reminded the
For books, articles, etc:
For articles with an author:
New York Times 2010; Reuters 2010
For articles without an author:
Ex: Blaut 1993:23
For Internet sources*:
World Bank 2009; UNDP 2010
* Please note that Wikipedia is not a valid reference; you can use this for background
information, but it should not be used as a reference for the paper.
USE OF QUOTATIONS
There should be lead in/outs to
quotations, to contextualize the
NO: “Be sure to turn in
your papers on time.”
YES: As Professor Douglas
said in lecture, “be sure to
turn in your papers on
YES: “Always turn in your
papers on time,” the
professor reminded the
When using quotations, the
first letter does not need to be
NO: As we discussed in
class, “Do not plagiarize
YES: As we discussed in
class, “do not plagiarize
USE OF NUMBERS
Do not start off sentences with a
NO: 50,000 people
were injured in the
explosion last week.
YES: An estimated
50,000 people were
injured in the
explosion last week.
With numbers, there is not hard rule,
but in general:
From 1-10, write out the
When my friend was eight
years old, she fell off her
I have been living in
California for the past five
For numbers above 10, use
the numerical figure.
When my friend was 15, she
fell into the lake.
It was nearly 30 years ago
that my friend left her
The comma is your friend:
If you introduce an acronym for the
first time, always write it out followed
by the acronym in parenthesis:
NO: It is not appropriate for
example to keep a sentence
going where you never put in
any commas in part because
it will sound weird and
eventually you run out of
breath to read the entire
sentence if there are no
breaks in it.
YES: When in doubt, read the
sentence out loud, and then
decide where there should be
The Association of
The World Health
IT IS CONSIDERED PLAGIARISM IF…
You take a phrase from an article without putting quotations around
it and do not cite it.
NO: The story of Cortes has been of defeat for some, of
reaffirmation for others.
YES: The story of Cortes has been “of defeat for some, of
reaffirmation for others” (Portilla 1992:xxii).
You paraphrase an author without citing him/her.
NO: The story of Cortes has been of losing for some, of
reconfirmation for others.
YES: The story of Cortes has been of losing for some, of
reconfirmation for others (Portilla 1992:xxii).
You take an idea or key phrase from an author without quoting the
idea/phrase or citing it.
NO: One theory of nationalism is that it is an imagined
YES: One theory of nationalism is that it is an “imagined
community” (Anderson 2006).
In general, if you take any idea, phrase, sentence,
paragraph or piece of work that is not yours and
pass it off as your own without proper quotation
marks and citations, it is plagiarism.
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