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The need to know? 

style="color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;">Just how much do you need to know? 

Who was Veronica Guerin? Can you name five other journalists who have met a similar fate over the past two decades and describes the circumstances? 

If possible, watch the film, VERONICA GUERIN, starring Cate Blanchett, directed by Joel Schumacher, available for streaming on AMAZON for $3.99.

Please also view the documentary: KILLING the Messenger. This film is available for free on the LaGuardia College LIbrary Website. Go the LaGuardia mainpage and click on LIBRARY and follow this clickpath: Articles and Books Online (Subscription Databases) link on the Library's home page, then click on the link  Alphabetical List of Subscription Databases, then click on Academic Video Online: Premium, the search for Killing the Messenger. 

You might also wish to view the film A Private War directed by Matthew Heineman also available on for $5.00.

Can you name the top 10 countries where freedom of the press is non-existent and ten leaders who are at the top of the human rights violations list? 


The purpose of this Critical Process exercise is to sharpen your analytical approach to news. Over a period of three weekdays, study the New York Times, USA Today, and one local daily paper. Devise a chart and a descriptive scheme so that you can compare how each of the three papers covers international news. You should consider international news to be any news story that is predominantly about a country or about another nation's relationship with the United States. 

1. Description. Count the total number of international news stories in each paper. Which foreign cities are covered? Which countries? What are the subjects of these stories (civil wars, anti-Americanism, natural disasters, travelogue profiles, etc.)? descriptive chart to show the differences among the three papers.

2. Analysis. Using your chart as a guide, write two or three paragraphs discussing patterns that emerge. What locales get the most attention? What kinds of stories appear most frequently? In other words, what kind of issue or event makes another country newsworthy? Do not try to summarize your chart here. Instead, focus on three or four intriguing patterns that you noticed.

3. Interpretation. two- or three-paragraph critical interpretation of your findings. What does your analysis mean? Why do some countries appear more frequently than others? Why do certain kinds of stories seem to get featured?

4. Evaluation. Discuss the limitations of your study. Which paper seemed to do the best job of covering the rest of the world? Why? Do you think newspapers give us enough information about other people's cultures and experiences?

5. Engagement. Either individually or with a group of students, letter or e-mail to your local editor. Report your findings. In the note, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the local coverage of international news and other cultures. Mention what the paper does well in this area, and suggest what the paper might do better. What kind of response did you get?

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