Lobalisation and Massmedia 2000 word report. Choose topic below.

Globalisation and the Mass Media
Report topics (50%)
2,000-2,500 words a deadline week 8

Drawing on the conceptual frameworks discussed, explore one of the following topics:

1) Compare the schedule of a European television channel with an American television schedule? What are the key differences in terms of news programme, entertainment, drama and a¦ over the course of one week?
2) Map the ethnic and religious diversity of your country and then map the diversity of media channels available. Who speaks and who is silent? Why?
3) Identify the top 5 global media companies and map out their pattern of ownership and corporate linkage. What are the political and cultural implications of this international trend?
4) Profile and discuss one communications sector of a country of your choice. This cannot be the US, the UK or your own country. For instance, this could be the film industry of France or Germany; the newspaper industry of Japan or Spain; the music industry of Sweden or Canada: the choice is yours. These are just examples.

The report is designed primarily to develop your research skills. It ought to be a piece of social scientific research into a particular area of international communication. It should not be entirely technical nor should it be primarily conceptual. The report should aim to provide a full overview of the individual topic by contextualising the development, summarising its main features and any relevant current debates and noting potential consequences in the area of cultural industries. Do not simply describe what you see, imagine instead that you are being asked by potential investors or policymakers to assess the distinctive characteristics of your chosen phenomenon. What is notable, special, interesting or important about the subject?
Most of your research will, necessarily, not come from books. You will have to use journals, newspapers, magazines and on-line sources to access up-to-date information. You will be assessed on both the quantity and the quality of the sources used and your ability to provide a clear, structured overview of the chosen topic. You will need to demonstrate that you are able to make decisions about what issues or features of the topics being studies are, in your opinion, more important than others. Please present the report in the appropriate format consult your Student Handbook for details.
Full referencing is required. If you are using sources from the Internet, please give the full URL address, date accessed and original date of material. When referencing from newspapers or magazines, please give author (if known), title of article, date and page number. Please consult Weblearn for referencing guidelines. The report is due in week 8. It should run between 2000 and 2,500 words in length, single-sided, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt font.

DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA or LECTURE NOTES. These are not acceptable academic sources and using them will lower your grade considerably.

How to Write a Report:

Report writing differs from essay writing because it has a different purpose. Reports are common communication tools as they assist in the decision making process. Written for a particular purpose, they usually outline a problem, provide the relevant facts and ideas related to the situation, and then recommend a course of action. Reports are highly structured so that information they contain can be easily understood. Headings within the report allow the reader to select the parts they wish to read. Headings also enable each section of the report to stand-alone. The structure of a report is enhanced through the use of subheadings, diagrams, tables, graphs, illustrations etc

A 10-step plan of how to write a report:
1. Consider the aim of the report and who will read it.
2. Plan your investigational approach.
3. Gather information.
4. Organise the information you have gathered.
5. Analyse the material.
6. Decide your conclusions.
7. Decide your recommendations.
8. Plan your writing.
9. Write your draft.
10. Edit and prepare the final copy.

As presentation of your report is very important, you should:
i?± Follow the guidelines recommended in your Subject Outline;
i?± Check the accuracy of the support data and facts;
i?± Check that your argument is logical and that the conclusion and recommendations flow logically from the data you have presented;
i?± Explain terms which the reader may not know, or where clarity requires it;
i?± Explain symbols, abbreviations, diagrams and statistics if necessary;
i?± Label and number all diagrams; tables; graphs; illustrations etc.
i?± Be consistent in the use of a numbering system; headings; font size and type;
i?± Use a clear and concise style of writing;
i?± Layout the report in a clear and uncluttered format;
i?± Be meticulous with your use of references;
i?± Check that your argument is logical and that the conclusion and recommendations flow logically from the data you have presented.

Basic report format:
Title Page
Table of Contents
Synopsis/Executive Summary
This is tells your reader what the report is about as it describes the topics or issues discussed; indicates the depth of the discussion; as well as providing a summary of the recommendations and reasons for them. It is usually one paragraph of approximately 120 words. Usually this is not included in your word count.
1. Introduction
This tells your reader what youare going to tell them in the body of your report. Your introduction gives the background to the report; why it is useful; what other objectives are; the purpose of the report; the limitations of the reporta¦
2.Main body
This is where you begin the discussion, outlining relevant facts and events. This is the main body of the report, and is divided into sections (headings) and subheadings.
This is where you give an overview of the material presented in the discussion and an interpretation of the relevant facts and events.
These are drawn from your conclusions. Your recommendations outline the specific actions that are required. When detailing your recommendations you may also need to consider who will action them; how they will be measured; and the timeframe for the recommendations. The priority that you place on each recommendation may also be required.
5. References
A listing of all resources referred to in the report; assembled in author alphabetical order. These are not included in the word count.
6. Appendices
The appendices include related materials, if appropriate. These are not included in the word count. These are optional for the reader, that is, the reader can choose whether they refer to them or not.