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Topic: Media Law Research Paper

MC 401 RESEARCH PAPER CRITERIA & GUIDELINES FOR FORMATTING/ORGANIZATION/STRUCTURE

Your paper will be divided into four components: An abstract, introduction, body, and conclusion.
Criteria for Abstract: This is a general summary of what your paper is about. It will be single-spaced, should be approximately 150-200 words, and include your paper’s theme and importance.

Criteria for Introduction:
I. Clear statement of the topic
II. Clear statement of purpose (what is the writer trying to accomplish with this paper?)
III. Clear statement of significance (why is this topic important?) IV. How will your paper make a contribution to the research and literature that already exists on this topic?
IV. What is the legal question or research question in general? VI. State the thesis/claim about the topic
V. (Optional) State your finding (e.g., “this research evidences and shows that…………”
VI. Provide roadmap (preview the main idea and arguments that will be presented in the body of the paper)
Criteria for Body:
I. Arguments (or main ideas) that ultimately provide a sound and substantive foundation with the aim of ultimately proving and validating the thesis/claim of the paper. This is where the writer will often use most of their research sources in the paper (e.g., court cases, law review articles, scholarly journal articles, print media, magazines, Internet sources, books). As a general guideline, most papers have three to five main ideas. Criteria for Conclusion: I. Briefly summarize (not exhaustively repeat again) the substance found in the body of the paper (arguments and thesis/claim)
II. Briefly show or explain how your paper has advanced knowledge (or filled gaps) in the field and made a substantive contribution to the existing research and literature on the topic
III. Briefly show or explain how you accomplished your purpose (see Introduction) and reiterate its importance
IV. Looking forward, briefly explain any questions that may have emerged from your research and may be explored by other researchers
MC 401 RESEARCH PAPER CRITERIA & GUIDELINES FOR FORMATTING/ORGANIZATION/STRUCTURE

Your paper will be divided into four components: An abstract, introduction, body, and conclusion.
Criteria for Abstract: This is a general summary of what your paper is about. It will be single-spaced, should be approximately 150-200 words, and include your paper’s theme and importance.

Criteria for Introduction:
I. Clear statement of the topic
II. Clear statement of purpose (what is the writer trying to accomplish with this paper?)
III. Clear statement of significance (why is this topic important?) IV. How will your paper make a contribution to the research and literature that already exists on this topic?
IV. What is the legal question or research question in general? VI. State the thesis/claim about the topic
V. (Optional) State your finding (e.g., “this research evidences and shows that…………”
VI. Provide roadmap (preview the main idea and arguments that will be presented in the body of the paper)
Criteria for Body:
I. Arguments (or main ideas) that ultimately provide a sound and substantive foundation with the aim of ultimately proving and validating the thesis/claim of the paper. This is where the writer will often use most of their research sources in the paper (e.g., court cases, law review articles, scholarly journal articles, print media, magazines, Internet sources, books). As a general guideline, most papers have three to five main ideas. Criteria for Conclusion: I. Briefly summarize (not exhaustively repeat again) the substance found in the body of the paper (arguments and thesis/claim)
II. Briefly show or explain how your paper has advanced knowledge (or filled gaps) in the field and made a substantive contribution to the existing research and literature on the topic
III. Briefly show or explain how you accomplished your purpose (see Introduction) and reiterate its importance
IV. Looking forward, briefly explain any questions that may have emerged from your research and may be explored by other researchers

Preliminary Research Topic Assignment

CHOOSE A TOPIC:

1. Violence and controversial topics. Shall the media censor it out?
a. Some people believe the news only broadcasts the worst of the worst and can be insensitive to those affected by certain events. In a world full of terroristic events and violence is it possible the media is making violence normal? Should the media focus more on the positives and leave out certain details to protect us or is that keeping information away from the public?
b. The public heavily relies on the media to get information on what’s going on in the world, if the media censors violent or controversy is that withholding information?
i. CATO: https://www.cato.org/publications/techknowledge/censoring-violence-media
ii. Michigan Law Review: https://www.jstor.org/stable/1290042?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
iii. Fact Sheet on Media Violence: https://ncac.org/fepp-articles/fact-sheet-on-media-violence
iv. Freedom Forum: https://www.freedomforuminstitute.org/first-amendment-center/topics/freedom-of-speech-2/arts-first-amendment-overview/violence-media/
v. A.P.A: https://www.apa.org/action/resources/research-in-action/protect
2. Media and disasters: enhancing panic or preventing it?
a. There are constantly new disasters in our country and with each one we find out more information quicker and easier. Media is a form of a resource on ways to get help in a disaster, but some see it as an increase in panic. People tend to think the worst of situations before the better, with the power of the media it’s up to them on how a situation is portrayed.
b. Media is the medium for almost all of our communication and holds the power in relaying information, it is up to the media to help or worsen a situation.
i. Oxford Academic: https://academic.oup.com/epirev/article/27/1/107/520811
ii. Department of Homeland Security: https://training.fema.gov/hiedu/docs/emt/scanlonjournalism.pdf
iii. GCN: https://gcn.com/articles/2010/09/06/social-media-emergency-management.aspx?m=1
iv. Homeland Security: https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/SMWG_Countering-False-Info-Social-Media-Disasters-Emergencies_Mar2018-508.pdf
v. The Conversation: http://theconversation.com/is-social-media-responsible-for-your-safety-during-a-disaster-33138
3. Cyberbullying-First Amendment Rights
a. Cyberbullying has only gotten more prominent due to the increase in technology and the amount of platforms at our finger tips. There have been numerous cases of cyberbullying where there has been an intervention and question of punishment or right and wrong. If there is a way to prevent cyberbullying then officials of schools, programs and other areas will try to do so, however, those prevention steps can overstep first amendment rights.
b. The first amendment prevents any prohibition limiting free speech, however, some may argue that there are circumstances that require limiting speech such as causing harm to others in the form of cyberbullying.
i. First Amendment Encyclopedia: https://mtsu.edu/first-amendment/article/1581/cyberbullying
ii. ABA Journal: http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/is_cyberbullying_free_speech
iii. ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/free-speech-and-cyber-bullying
iv. HUFF Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/new-york-cyberbullying-law-free-speech_n_5547873
v. CBS: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cyberbullying-vs-free-speech/

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