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outlines what students will do to complete the project. The last
step will fan out to address the four components associated with the
1. Select the topic for your
To start this project, you will pick an issue of
interest to you from among the many you will find covered in The New
York Times. You may want to look at back issues of The Times and
recent magazines to identify a topic you find interesting. You may
also want to gather background information from books and other
It is generally best to start with a broad
topic that you can narrow down later if you wish. For instance, by
starting with a subject such as "the United States and the Middle
East," you are sure to find a sufficient number of related articles
over the course of the semester. By the time you are ready to begin
writing your paper, you may need to narrow your subject to a
particular area or country in the Middle East, the economic
implications of Middle East affairs or some other facet of life in
2. Confirm with your professor that the
subject is appropriate for your course.
Submit one or two
paragraphs which briefly discuss why you have chosen the subject and
how it relates to your course curriculum. List the resources you
have consulted for background information.
relevant articles from The New York Times.
articles, editorials, columns, letters to the editors and other
items which address your topic. Keep in mind that news stories are
intended to relay the basic facts of a topic, while the others weigh
competing opinions and points of view.
Date and identify each
item by page(s) and column(s). For example, write: A1:1 to identify
an article that begins on page 1 of section A, in the first
(left-hand) column. To indicate that the article continues on page
A18 in the second and third columns, write: A18:2,3.
want to highlight portions of the clippings that you find especially
interesting, and group them not only chronologically, but by the
narrower subjects which are addressed.
Also, look for any
items under "corrections" on page A2 that may relate to the articles
you have clipped.
4. Supplement the materials you have
found in The Times with other sources.
Draw on other
publications such as books, magazines, radio or television news
programs to supplement the information you found in The New York
5. Submit a progress report to your
Include a bibliography of sources you have
used to date and indicate how you may have narrowed the subject
matter or shifted your original approach.
6. Complete one
or more of the following projects:
A. Introduction and
analysis of the subject
Write an essay analysing of your
subject and discussing how it has evolved since you began clipping
articles. Refer to governmental, political, social and economic
forces that were involved.
B. Evolution and analysis of the
issue within a discrete time frame
Write your essay as an
analysis of your subject in essay form, discussing how it has
evolved since you began clipping articles. Refer to governmental,
political, social and economic forces that were
Your paper should include complete citations as
footnotes. Indicate the date of publication (or broadcast), page (or
name of television or radio program), and column(s) in the case of
newspapers and magazines.
C. Opinion review
the various viewpoints of individuals and organizations whose
opinions appear either in pieces on the Op-Ed page or in quotations
included in news stories. You may wish to use other resources to
include additional perspectives.
Use the information and resources you have gathered to
formulate your own viewpoint, solution or commentary on the subject
you have chosen. Support your argument in essay form. Include
As the newspaper of record, The New York
Times is the best way for your students to stay abreast of national
and international news. Furthermore, as participants in this
project, your students will embark on their first step toward
cultivating a lifelong habit of turning to The New York Times for
information to guide their academic, professional and personal