The University of Michigan guide lists ten publications in each camp (coming soon!)
Instructions follow. Please follow all the steps before proceeding. When using an iPad, you MUST access EasyBib from the Google Wheel on the nchslibrary.info website.
- They may be behind a paywall, which would prompt you to subscribe. In this case, scroll down to the databases icon and follow instructions there to locate editorials using the Connecticut Newspapers database.
- They may not be identified as editorials. In this case, look for letters to the editor that respond to editorials, then locate the original editorials through keyword searching.
If you watched the tutorial, tried toggling between database and free online content, and you STILL can't find editorials, text the link to your publication to the library at (615) 669 6670, and write your name in the body of the text. You can expect a phone call back.
Colin was having a lot of trouble finding editorials in the Southington Citizen. The publication keeps their editorial content behind a pay wall, so you cannot access it without subscribing to the newspaper. You guys don't have to do that because we have a databases subscription - Connecticut Newspapers - that gives you access to each publication. The tricky part is crafting a search strategy that enables you to find what you need - easier said than done. Colin wisely followed instructions and texted the library his name and the link to the publication. Here is the is the library's response:
Been chatting with a few students who are struggling with this. Even though the map below is out of date, and it does not reflect votes cast across third party lines, chances are it is fairly representative of the political leanings among communities across the state. It is important to note that smaller local papers do not necessarily benefit from voicing their political views - certainly not in comparison to major national publications like the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal where it can help boost circulation.
Here's how to use the note-card function in EasyBib. You will use this for this project
Sample notes - just an example!
- Title: Online article from assigned publication (substitute "assigned publication" with the publication name)
- Source: Use drop-down menu to locate teh citation you already created
- Quote: Copy and paste words, phrases, sentences that you think point to bios, point of view, or opinion
- Paraphrase: Summarize this editorial - this doesn't have to be long
- Comment: Explain what position, viewpoint, or bias you recognize in your article. Refer to the quotes in the "quotes" field and explain why you think they suggest bias. Use evidence from the article itself to substantiate your claim. Pay attention to author craft, vocabulary choice, use of superlatives (always, never, all), and how the author(s) refer to people (e.g., Mr. Doctor, first name, last name only with no title, etc.)
- Identifier: leave blank. This is for page number. It is relevant for books, not website articles.
- Group: Don't worry about this yet.
- Tag: You know how these work. The topic might be a good idea, the publication name, and its position (i.e., liberal or conservative)
HAVING TROUBLE ACCESSING YOUR EASYBIB NOTECARDS?
HOVER OVER THE IMAGE BELOW AND CLICK ON LINKS FOR DETAILS!
Locate three (3) more editorials, and create EasyBib notecards for each one, following the instructions outlined in the bulleted list below the EasyBib icon in this post.
Now, get in touch with an editor at your publication. Your best bet is to visit the newspaper website and click on the "contact us" link. It's usually at the bottom of the site. Get the editor's contact information. You may need to call the newspaper to do this. Once you have the person's name, title, and email address, compose an email in your own words that includes the following talking points:
- You are a high school senior at New Canaan High School
- You have been reviewing their publication's editorials for a class project. This is a good place to ask why they don't publish them, if you haven't found any.
- You are trying to determine if their publication leans towards the political left or right
- If you've had some difficulty recognizing political slant, be sure to say so. Many publications take pride in their objectivity, and an editor will usually be pleased to hear this.
- Ask about their editorial process. Who writes the pieces? How do they decide what position to espouse? How do disagreements get resolved? Who has the final say? Do they outsource editorial writing? Do they buy pieces from other publications?
- Do they have affiliated publications? How does that work?
- Ask them if they would prefer to have a phone conversation with you rather than compose an email response, and if so, when would be a good time to reach them
Final product will probably be an infographic. Details to follow.