The assignment is to analyze television, radio, and web-based news outside the U.S. Analyze two different news platforms (from the list below) for each critique. To ensure a variety of experiences, you may analyze a given news organization only once during the semester. For example (and that’s just an example), you might watch TRT World and read People’s Daily for your first critique, then watch CBC News and listen to Sputnik News for the second.
CBC News (Canada) – https://www.cbc.ca/news
ITV News (UK) – https://www.itv.com/hub/itv
TeleSUR (Venezuela) – https://videos.telesurenglish.net/en
TRT World (Turkey) – https://www.trtworld.com/live
Channel News Asia (Singapore) – https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/videos
ABS CBN News (Philippines) – https://news.abs-cbn.com/live
SkyNews (Australia) – https://www.skynews.com.au/page/extra
If you are reviewing a TV source, please watch at least 30 minutes of TV programming. Some channels have newscasts on demand; others livestream at specific times (keep in mind some might be during nighttime in the U.S.). I leave it to you to check the schedules and plan your viewing!
Sputnik (Russia) – https://sputniknews.com/popup_radio/0/s
RFI Monde (France) – https://www.rfi.fr/fr/direct-monde
RTE (Ireland)— https://www.rte.ie/radio/
If you are reviewing a radio source, please listen to at least 30 minutes of radio programming. It’s preferable to listen to live streaming, but some sites also have short audio clips posted online. Either way, please make sure that whatever you listen to adds up to 30 minutes.
Der Spiegel (Germany)—https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/
Rodong Sinmun (North Korea)— http://www.rodong.rep.kp/en/
El Pais (Spain)— https://english.elpais.com/
The Globe and Mail (Canada) – https://www.theglobeandmail.com/
People’s Daily (China)— http://en.people.cn/index.html
The Japan Times (Japan)— https://www.japantimes.co.jp/
Hindustan Times (India)— https://www.hindustantimes.com/
Al-Ahram (Egypt)— https://english.ahram.org.eg/
The Punch (Nigeria)— https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/
NL Times (Netherlands)— https://nltimes.nl/
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand)— https://www.nzherald.co.nz /
If you are reviewing a news site/ newspaper, please read at least eight stories (from start to finish) written by the news organization’s staff. Do not read stories authored by news agencies, such as the Associated Press or Reuters.
Each critique should be at least two pages (feel free to write more!), typed and double-spaced. Please include: (1) a summary of press freedom and journalistic professionalism in each country of analysis (use the 2019 country reports from Reporters Without Borders, https://rsf.org/en); (2) the types of news stories you read, watched, or listened to; (3) your analysis of ideological or political leanings in the content–as illustrated by story selection, source selection, etc.; and (4) your assessment of the training and autonomy of the journalists whose stories you read, watched or listened to (you can judge training and autonomy by the range of topics covered; range of sources used, etc.). The critiques will be graded on critical thinking and the richness of your observations, as well as organization, grammar, and spelling.