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COMM 1301 - Media & Society

Assignment #1

  • Compare a day's coverage of the New York Times and the Houston Chronicle (available in the library or online). 
  • Write a report addressing the types of news covered, the substance of its content, the type of advertising it carries, the political slant (if any), and the fairness/balance of the editorial page. 
  • Research what company owns each newspaper. 
  • Also look at the "newsmakers" (people quoted in the story) - including gender, age, ethnicity, etc. 
  • Be sure to include a reference to the newspaper issues studied (date). 
  • Place most of your focus on the compare/contrast angle; please don't waste time/space re-telling the specifics of individual news stories.

Required Resources


Use these databases to research the companies that own each newspaper.  HINT: Look at the bottom of each newspaper's webpage to determine the name of the company.