Research and develop a paper on a recent popular media report on domestic or family violence.

Applied Final Project—Popular Media and Domestic Violence (Part I (15%) and Part II (25%) (40% of final grade) 

  • Project Description

Research and develop a paper on a recent popular media report on domestic or family violence.  During the semester, you will begin to notice the frequency and explicitness with which the popular media reports on issues relating to domestic violence and family violence.  Select one case of interest and elaborate on how particular concepts, theories and/or content addressed in this course apply to this case.  In addition, evaluate how accurately and thoughtfully the article presents the subject matter. 

Applied Final Project (Parts I and II) Grading Rubric

Parts I and II of the Applied Final Project are each worth 100 points. Student submissions for Part I of the Applied Final Project will be evaluated on the degree to which:

  • Student provided a thorough and thoughtful summary of the popular media article. (25 points)
  • Student provided a thorough and thoughtful evaluation of the popular media article. (25 points)
  • Student demonstrated correct understanding of material. (10 points)
  • Student used appropriate punctuation, grammar and correct spelling. (10 points)
  • Student followed APA style. (10 points)
  • Student submission is neat and professional in appearance (consistent font size, font, margins, etc.).   (10 points)
  • Student supported assertions  correctly (with in-text citations). (10 points)


Part II of the Applied Final Project will be graded using the Writing Rubric that is located under Week 7 Content. 

Sample A papers for both Part I and II of the Applied Final Project are located under Course Resources.  Please note:  As the article Army Veteran’s Violent Breakdown Bucks Demographics” is used here as an example, please do not use this article for your Final Project.  I will not grade any submission that uses this article.

Directions for Part I: Article Summary & Evaluation (15% of final grade)  Due week 5

Step 1

Locate a recent popular media article on domestic or family violence that you find of interest.  Recent means a media article within the last 5 years.  Popular media includes an article from your local newspaper or an articcle from newspapers such as the New York Times, Washington Post or USA Today (to name just a few).  Examples of appropriate magazines include, but are not limited to, Cosmo, US, People, Newsweek, Time or Essence.  Online articles can be used as well as paper copies.  Do not use scholarly journal articles or any type of “guide” that provides information on domestic or family violence.

Step 2

Prior to beginning your paper, review pages 1-2 of Covering Domestic Violence (the media guide) located in Week 5 Content (Under Content on the homepage then Week 5). 

  • Make sure that you use this guide to help you evaluate your article.
  • Choose several points that have particular relevance for your article, identify these points and thoroughly describe how the article does, or does not, follow the recommended media guidelines.
  • Remember, this part of the paper is not about whether you “like” or “dislike” the article.  This evaluation is about how well you can argue that the article does or does not follow expert guidelines.
  • Paper that do not use this media guide in the evaluation process will loose quite a few points. 

Step 3

  • Write a paper (no more than 2 pages in length) that includes the following:
  • A brief summary of your chosen article
  • An evaluation regarding how accurately and thoughtfully the article presents the subject matter according to the media guide.

Additional information about your paper:

  • The paper requires a cover sheet (title page) and a reference page.
  • The total number of pages for this assignment is no more than 4.  I will deduct 1 point for every page that exceeds the 2-page required length (for the paper)
  • The paper should follow APA style.
  • The paper should be double-spaced
  • Paragraphs should be indented 5 spaces
  • The pages should be numbered.

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