Current Topic Project is a report on a news article which will connect our course work to the most current developments of interest to the field, especially those that impact people's day-to-day lives.

  1. Select a news article published in the last 12 months that focuses on a topic of interest to Women's Studies [choose from the list below, or choose your own based on the criteria described in the next section of this assignment]..........

    My topic  How many women of color have to cry?’: Top feminist organizations are plagued by racism, 20 former staffers say (The Lily) [July 2020] 

  2. After you have read your chosen news article, respond to the questions below in a 700-1,000 word (3-4 page) report about the article and what you have learned, focusing on the aspects of interest to Women's Studies:

  3. Title, author, publication, date, and url for your news article.

  4. Brief (1-2 sentence) summary of the main topic of the article.

  5. Why would this article be of particular interest to a Women's Studies student or scholar? If you're not sure, one place to start is to review the information about Women's Studies found in Module 1: What Is Women's Studies?.

  6. What did you learn that you didn't already know by reading this article?

  7. Which topic, person, example, or idea in the article would you like to know more about? What questions would you suggest the reporter ask in a follow-up article?

  8. What social, political, personal, historical, economic, artistic, or other impact might the information in this article have? Why?

  9. Is there anything you read or thought about while reading the article that has relevance to your life outside of this class or outside of the article itself?

  10. Include quotes and examples to support your discussion as part of your responses to questions 3-7. Remember to include in-text citations and a References list for all references to the article or class learning resources, whether quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.Please note that this assignment is a report, not an essay. You must write in complete sentences, but you do not have to write it as an essay with a thesis, body paragraphs, etc.. Instead, it is recommended that you number each response as you answer the questions. To meet the word count requirement, be sure to answer questions 3-7 in detail, and give specific examples or quotes (cited!) for each answer.There is a sample News Report Essay attached to this assignment.Choosing a news article:An acceptable news article for this assignment meets all four of the following criteria:

  11. is found on one of the publications/sites listed in this Forbes report of 10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts: [there are many more than ten reliable news sources to choose from if you scroll to the bottom of the article]

  12. was published in the last 12 months.

  13. has a byline (a named author), and is not marked "op-ed," "opinion," or "editorial"

  14. has as its main focus a topic of interest to Women's Studies

Writing Guidelines:This report should demonstrate that you

  • read the article closely.

  • are considering the article from the perspective of Women's Studies.

  • can write an organized, clear, detailed, and properly cited report .

Use APA Style to format the report and all citations (in-text and in the references list).