Topic: Media Critique Assignment

GNED 250: Current Issues

Assignment 2: Media Critique Assignment (20%)


This is an individual project.

This assignment requires you to read and understand the TRC Calls to Action #84, 85 and 86. These calls to action focus on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (the CBC), the Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network (APTN) and educational institutions (like Centennial College) that teach journalism and other media studies programs.

Step 1:
Begin by reading the TRC’s Calls to Action #84, 85 and 86, and make some notes about what they are calling for:

Step 2:
Choose an article from the list below; read it and make notes. As you read, think carefully about how the article covers the topic and addresses the Calls to Action you read about. Please note, the articles below vary in how they present the content. Some are biased, others are not. It is wise to also look at other articles discussing the same topic to be sure you have enough information to examine the writer’s perspectives/biases within the article you have chosen clearly.

Step 3:
Answer the following five questions for 5 marks each (25 marks total):

  1. Who wrote this article, and are they Indigenous? What media company produced this piece, and what do you know about this corporation/newspaper/media outlet? Why does this matter? How does this relate to the Calls to Action in the TRC?
  2. Whose perspectives and voices are heard in this article? Why does this matter? Does this article prioritize one voice, or one position? Is it sympathetic to Indigenous perspectives, or not, and how so?
  3. In your opinion, what does a reader need to know (history, context) to understand this article or topic? Does the article provide information that would help the reader understand the context (history, relevant policies, other related issues)? Why does this matter?
  4. What is the topic in the article? What is said about this topic? Do you think this is positive, negative, or neutral coverage, and why?
  5. Choose one or more Calls to Action to consider in relation to this article. Is this article problematic in light of the Calls to Action you read, or does it help promote fair coverage? Why do you think so?

Suggested articles for Part 3:

  1. An article that says that Indigenous men being the main cause of murdered Indigenous women:
  2. An article about Fort Albany FN being evacuated each year (Part of James Bay, Treaty 9 region):
  3. A story about the Colton Boushie case, in which a white Farmer in Saskatchewan shot and killed a young Cree man who was on his property:
  4. A story about an Indigenous inmate, Adam Capay, who was kept in solitary for 4 years:
  5. A story about a major land claim was signed between the Federal Government and the Lubicon Lake band, who were excluded from Treaty negotiations in the 1800 and 1900s:
  6. An article about the legacy of Indian Day Schools in Kahnawake (Mohawk) territory:
  7. A story about the Wet’suwet’en (B.C Indigenous Nation) and their conflict with the federal government over pipelines:
  8. A CBC article about the youth deaths in Thunder Bay:
  9. An article about Bear Clan patrol in Winnipeg by VICE news:
  10. A Toronto Sun article about Senator Lynn Beyak, who was suspended from the Senate in 2019 because she refused to take down letters on her website that were deemed racist:

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