witherspoon-journalism-article-1029 doc

Professor: Michael Panzer




I chose this article because I knew there would be a considerable amount of information about this topic. MTV is a very well-known brand that has been around for over 30 years. To get an accurate rating on a television show, you would have to do some research. In this article, they backed up their evidence of the declining television show ratings by using Neilson’s C3 rating scale. Also, the article implements their research sources in their story.

This relates to journalism research because this article is gathering information and comparing MTV to other brands. In order to do that, you will have to make a comparison with logical and accurate information. Furthermore, this article talks about MTV’s target audience and demographics. Compiling an accurate target audience and demographics, surveys and census could be used to correctly obtain this information.




MTV Ratings Decline Raises Relevance Questions As Young People Cut Cable Cord For Devices.” International Business Times. N.p., 14 Apr. 2015. Web. 27 Oct. 2015.



The article I chose is titled “Early Birds: Checking in on former Eagles” by Zach Berman, Inquired Staff Writer for philly.com. The article is about how former Philadelphia Eagles players are faring so far this year with their new teams. The players include QB Nick Foles, RB LeSean McCoy, WR Jeremy Maclin, OL Evan Mathis and more. Berman fills us in on each player’s statistics and how their teams are doing so far on the season as well. He starts the article by mentioning the Eagles’ bye week being a “good time to look around the league and see how departed Eagles are doing this season.” I chose this article because I am an aspiring sports broadcaster, so articles such as this, especially about my home team, always catch my eye. Philly.com is one of the most reliable sources when it comes to anything Philadelphia related, so that is why I chose this site when searching for an article to use. Zach Berman does a good job here of fulfilling what he set out to do, which is give fans a small summary of how these former Eagles are doing after leaving town.




Berman, Zach. “Early Birds: Checking in on Former Eagles.” Philly.com. Philly.com, 29 Oct. 2015. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.             <http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/eagles/Early-Birds-Checking-in-on-former-Eagles.html>.


The article I chose was from the Washington Post, “Capital Weather Gang” column, “How Patricia, the strongest hurricane on record, killed so few people.”  I chose this article because I am a weather enthusiast and used to major in meteorology, so this type of news excites me.  Also, I read Capital Weather Gang, every day.  Their articles are very informative and powerful in the meteorological community.  This article caught my eye because of the headline.  How could the strongest hurricane ever recorded by the National Hurricane Center NOT kill anyone or cause catastrophic damage.  Research was done for this article, meteorologists were quoted and used for this article.  Research had to be done on the population of Mexico were Hurricane Patricia made landfall.  In addition with local hospitals and municipalities.  The article also provided meteorological data and statistics, giving readers an idea of the magnitude of the storm and how it didn’t kill anyone based on where it hit and how it hit.  The article was very descriptive and informative.  You could go to other weather data bases such as NOAA, NWS, AccuWeather or The Weather Channel to support this article.


Service , Forecast National Weather. “How Patricia, the Strongest Hurricane on Record, Killed so Few People.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2015. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.



I found an article on nytimes.com about the republican presidential polls. It shows that out of a very competitive field, Ben Carson is just ahead of everyone else. It has a lot of interesting polls that ask about and are answered from republicans. 75% of the party members believe that they are divided while only 22% think they are united. At least 70% believe that their party is at least somewhat responsible for the gridlock in congress, but 64% are still hopeful that the future of the party is bright. Based on everyone who participated in the poll, 48% enthusiastically support Ben Carson. That’s 18% higher than the next candidate, Marco Rubio. I found this article interesting because it gave a lot of information for just one poll. You can get a sense of how the majority of republicans feel about their party based on all of their answers.


Martin, Jonathan and Thee-Brenan, Megan. “Deeply Divided Republican Electorate Drifts Toward Ben Carson, Poll Shows.” New York Times. October 27, 2015. www.nytimes.com. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/28/us/politics/deeply-divided-republican-electorate-drifts-toward-ben-carson-poll-shows.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

The start page – all articles are to follow here

Find a news piece supported by research, statistics or any thing related to what you have learned in this class. Each week’s piece should be from the preceding week, i.e. for October 29th (1029) it should be something from October 22nd to the 29th, etc. and inclusive.


Cite the article properly so I can find it easily and in blog style (100-200 words) tell me why you chose it, what was it that caught your attention. Maybe what database or source was used or could have been used to support it.


I am looking for substantive examples of news not mere mentions in a brief. You will be graded on the quality of the news as well as your own comments on how it relates to Journalism Research.

For each of the next four classes: Thursday October 29th, November 5th, 12th and 19th. This four week four separate part continuing assignment is due prior to the start of class.


The four documents should be called (in order):