Using reputable news sources like BBCNews, National Public Radio (NPR), the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC), Al Jazeera, the Times of India, The Atlantic, The Economist, etc., you will locate ONE current event or situation that interests you. (Do not use a summary/brief article from the AP.) Your current event needs to be international – it must have taken place outside the United States. (You may use a US news source for this part, but I would prefer that you use an international source.) All the stories must have been written in the last six months (since April 1, 2018). The topic of the news article you focus upon is up to you. Consider your personal interests or major. You could look the spread of a disease, drought, religious persecution in Myanmar, the economic chaos in Venezuela, the new theme park opening in Dubai, etc., etc., etc. No matter what you pick, however, your current event needs to be serious a news story, not a sensationalist story like a murder or car accident. It also needs to have enough content to allow you to answer the questions in this assignment,
Part 1: Explore the Current Events Analyze the current event by addressing the following aspects/questions: 1. Headline: Simply retype or copy & paste the headline 2. Source: The web address, but be sure to include the date you accessed the article. 3. When did this take place? Not the date of the article – the date of the events. 4. Where did this take place? Be as specific as possible – give the name of the city, region, country, etc. whatever is appropriate for your story. 5. What happened/is happening there? Why? Summarize the events BRIEFLY. You are not retelling the article, you are encapsulating the information and giving your reader an overview. Touch on why this is happening. 6. Why is this event important or significant? Here is where the reflection and analysis comes in. What makes this event or issue important or noteworthy? Why is it significant? Why should we be paying attention to this? 7. How is this event geographical or spatial? Another section for analysis and exploration. This is the most important question. Why did the event take place THERE? What patterns of religion, economics, climate, biomes, politics, etc. etc. etc. are reflected in this story? What are the geographical or spatial concepts in the story? Connect the story to the themes and ideas we are covering in class. Any scale is fine, but you must connect this current event to geography. You are reflecting on some aspect of geography that is being applied to a specific topic. Using the terms and ideas we have been using in class is also a great idea. Part 2: Explore More Deeply Now you will investigate the story more fully and find a second story about the same event. This second story needs to be from a different reputable news organization from a DIFFERENT country. So, if your initial article is from the BBC, find your second one from Australia or from Al Jazeera. Then answer the following questions: 1. Headline, date, and web address of this second article. 2. What additional spatial or geographic aspects does this second article add to the story? Or does it expand on the first article’s ideas or themes? How? 3. What else did you learn about this story or issue reading the second article? 4. Briefly compare and contrast the two articles – since they are from different countries, do the articles take different approaches? Emphasize different aspects or ideas? 5. What are your opinions about this issue? Has your perspective of this event or issue changed as we explore different aspects of the world or as you read the different articles?