– The topic or subject area of the views-journalism items you are proposing to deal with in your 1st written assignment:
The topic I have chosen to analyse for this assignment is the media coverage surrounding the lead up to the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran of the Bali Nine.
- Specifically, I will explore the two main oppositional stances commonly adopted by the media during the period:
- a) Supporting the decision of the Indonesian government to apply the death penalty
- b) Condemning the decision of the Indonesian government to apply the death penalty
– The headline/title/name etc of the items (or a brief designator if a broadcast item) and information on where and when they were published/broadcast:
Article #1 Title: OPINION: ‘Bali Nine ringleaders deserve to die’
- Author: Adam Davies
- Publication: Sunshine Coast Daily
- Date: 28/4/2015
- Link: http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/opinion-bali-nine-ringleaders-deserve-die/2621728/
Article #2 Title: Bali nine duo executions: Two wrongs don’t make a right
- Author: Madonna King
- Publication: The Sydney Morning Herald
- Date: 5/3/2015
- Link: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/that-thinking-feeling/bali-nine-duo-executions-two-wrongs-dont-make-a-right-20150304-13v13g.html
– One paragraph summarising what you believe are going to be your primary conclusions – i.e.what you anticipate will be the main point of your intended article.
- The main point of my article (as I understand it to be at present) will be to analyse these two very negatively geared articles (with oppositional stances) as to whether Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran of the Bali Nine ‘deserve to die’ (note: this is not ‘deserved’, as the articles are from the media coverage prior to their execution).
- Though both articles address readers with the assumption they do not support the Indonesian Government’s decision to follow through with the death penalty, the first article attempts to persuade readers that the decision was ‘fair’, as the two men are criminals who ‘knew the law and the consequences that came with breaking those laws’. On the other hand, the second article takes an oppositional view, describing Indonesia’s follow-through of their law as an ‘egregious, stomach-turning decision by a neighbouring government to murder two young Australians’,
- My aim is to analyse these two arguments and evaluate the similarities and differences by comparing claims, justifications and warrants, and taking into account how their arguments are shaped by different world views and ingrained opinions.