Hillary Clinton: Media Item Analysis
For this task, I have chosen to analyse the Democratic Party nominee for U.S. President, Hillary Clinton and her representation on various media platforms such as the New York Times, South China Morning Post, and NewsWeek, Considering the nearing U.S. Election, Clinton would make an ideal subject for character portrayal of the media, especially as a woman politician and with her reported uncomfortable relationship with other big media organisations.
In this analysis I aim to explore how media platforms report on her in association with issues such as her email scandals, her stand on foreign policy, war on terror, foreign ties, medical issues, and other pertinent political topics thrown during the Presidential debate. From this, it is part of the objective to present conclusion-based discussion on whether this media reportage positioned her positively or negatively to the readers / audience.
By Danielle Armour
- 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 comes under the branch of sports journalism and the discrimination faced by certain athletes in the lead up to and during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. My particular focus is in track 800m athlete Caster Semenya and the debate over her being allowed to compete in female events. Semenya has a condition known as hyperandrogenism, an elevated level of testosterone in females. From April 2011 to July 2015, female athletes with the condition were forced by the IAAF to take hormones to lower their testosterone in order to be eligible for competition.
- 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
NB: Currently undecided which 2 of these articles I will use
- “Caster Semenya and the logic of Olympic competition”
By Malcolm Gladwell and Nicholas Thompson
Published by The New Yorker, AUGUST 12, 2016
2. “The ignorance aimed at Caster Semenya flies in the face of the Olympic spirit”
By Katrina Karkazis
Published by The Guardian Online 23 August 2016
3. “Why Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand deserve to compete ( and win) at Rio 2016
By Silvia Camporesi
Published by The Conversation, August 10, 2016
- 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.
I believe that the primary conclusions that will be made through my analysis will revolve around the differeing world views of the authors. The difference if viewpoints in the articles ultimately comes down what is considered a competitive edge in competition. Arguments for Semenya to race point to the idea that she is being discriminated against as she does not fit into the stereotypical picture of womanhood, therefore highlighting the underlying sexism in society. Those who are against Semenya competing argue that the issue is not her womanhood, she can identify as whatever gender she wishes, but rather that she has an unfair genetic advantage over the rest of the field.
– 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’
Article #2 Title: Bali nine duo executions: Two wrongs don’t make a right
– 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.