Report on the media management of Aboriginal people and issues
• Collect as many media articles as you can which relate to Aboriginal matters, for a period of 28 consecutive days this semester. The articles must be from a variety of media – TV; Radio; Newspapers (both tabloid and broadsheet); magazines; electronic sources etc. (Aim for about 25-30 articles).
• You will analyse the content of each article using content analysis, and then write a commentary on the focus, credibility and gravity of the article based on the categories (codes) of your analysis This will be the basis for your report on the media management of Aboriginal people and issues. The categories or codes are laid out for you on the grid on the following page.
• You will also be required to identify the approach that each media outlet takes with Indigenous matters, for example some rely upon photographs and small explanations, while others will have a long and well-written story with few photos.
• Decide on the appropriate headings for your report. Your articles will very likely cover many different matters, so you will need to decide how you are going to arrange them and the best headings under which to report on them. Pay attention to such things as whether your articles are a part of a series reporting on aspects of the same story, or whether you have several very different articles on the same incident. Your analysis will also have to show the theory which best applies to the article, so you must utilise your knowledge of different criminological and media theories (see Handout ‘Media and Crime’) which can explain why the articles were written the way they were.
• Your paper must be written in report format;
• Assessment will be made of the quality of the content and the manner of analysis
• Academic writing
• Correct referencing the sources of your information
• All source materials must be attached, including videos, DVDs, audio tapes, etc