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A. Watch one of the great journalism movies listed at the beginning of this chapter. Write a 750-word review in which you address the extent to which the lessons of the film are still valid today.

B. Conduct research on one of the following topics, and write a 750-word paper on a specific aspect of the topic:
  1. Photojournalism
  2. Political cartooning
  3. Women in journalism
  4. Radio journalists
  5. Television journalism
  6. Investigative reporting
  7. Underrepresented minorities in journalism
  8. Journalism in the Civil War
  9. Journalism in the Vietnam War
  10. Journalism and the Iraq War(s)
  11. Media convergence
  12. Bloggers and their impact on journalism

C. Conduct research on, or read a biography or autobiography of, one of the following famous journalists, and write a 750-word paper describing your subject's journalistic and historical legacy.
  1. Allen Neuharth (founder of USA Today)
  2. Anna Quindlen (liberal columnist for The New York Times and Newsweek)
  3. Ben Bagdikian (media critic and dean of U.C. Berkeley School of Journalism)
  4. Bernard Shaw (black television news pioneer, first chief anchor for CNN)
  5. William Safire (libertarian/conservative columnist, speechwriter for President Richard Nixon)
  6. Christiane Amanpour (international correspondent for CNN)
  7. Cokie Roberts (senior news analyst for National Pubic Radio)
  8. Connie Chung (pioneering woman in television news)
  9. Ellen Goodman (columnist for The Boston Globe)
  10. Frank Rich (columnist for the The New York Times)
  11. George F. Will (conservative columnist for Newsweek)
  12. Geraldo Rivera (talk-show host, journalist)
  13. H.L. Mencken (20th-century journalist, satirist and social critic)
  14. Helen Thomas (White House correspondent for six decades)
  15. I.F. Stone (liberal journalist from the post-WWII period)
  16. James Fallows (national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly)
  17. John Burns (war reporter for The New York Times)
  18. Joseph Alsop (columnist before, during and after WWII)
  19. Josh Marshall (political blogger, author of
  20. Katharine Graham (head of The Washington Post Company for two decades, including during Watergate and the "Pentagon Papers" scandals)
  21. Lucy Stone (19th-century suffragist and journalist)
  22. Maria Hinojosa (host of National Public Radio's "Latino USA")
  23. Maria Shriver (television journalist, first lady of California)
  24. Marvel Cooke (pioneering black journalist and activist)
  25. Matt Drudge (pioneering blogger, author of Drudge Report)
  26. Pauline Kael (20th-century film critic)
  27. Randy Shilts (journalist and AIDS activist)
  28. Rupert Murdoch (managing director of News Corporation, one of the world's most powerful media corporations)
  29. Walter Cronkite (television news anchor 1962-1981)
  30. Walter Lippman (conservative writer, journalist and political commentator)
  31. Walter Williams (founder of the world's first journalism school)
  32. William F. Buckley (author and journalist; founder of National Review, conservative political magazine)

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