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Homelessness & Poverty - 3 different sources from different media that portray the issues


So I have a 5-7 page essay due tomorrow & i don't know how to start it. The Instructions are...

Choose 3 different sources (articles, news clips, movie, blog, radio, etc...) from different media sources (newspaper, TV, internet, radio) that portray issues of poverty and/or homelessness. In a 5-7 page paper you will answer/address the following questions:

1. Provide an overview of each source and its media source. In the overview tell me where it was from, what the title was, and when it came out. Provide a description of what is was about and what the main messages or themes that the source was trying convey.

2. For each of the 3 media sources explain why the message or theme may have been shaped that way and include a discussion about power. Also include a discussion about how the views may have been shaped and how they relate to some of the macro structural reasons that are associated with poverty/homelessness.

3. Lastly explain your own personal views regarding each source. Did you agree or disagree with each message or theme? How does "who you are," shape how you see each message?

Jordan, you need to work on brainstorming this essay first. You should list down at least 5 topics about poverty and 5 topics about homelessness for you to choose from. From that list, look up sources on the internet for the articles from newspapers and magazines, avoid all references to wikipedia, personal blogs, or any websites that have targeted advertising on it. Try to see which of the topics you have listed have the most possible academic sources as required by your professor and then opt for the one with more than 3 sources. That way you can show that thorough research was done on your part by accessing as many sources as possible. You can use direct quotes in your research in order to fill up page space, but remember to write an effective introduction and transition sentence after each quote. You need to explain each quote you use and make reference to it in the proper writing format (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.) Paraphrasing with reference to sources will also help you meet the page requirement. As you complete your research, you should begin to form your own opinion on the topic and be able to come to a valid and academic conclusion for its concluding statement.


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