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Stovall (2015) writes:
Writers must understand that language has the ability to define, offend, and demean. Readers and viewers of the mass media are a broad and diverse group, and those who would communicate with them should be aware of the language sensitivities of that group…Media writers and organizations should go beyond simply trying not to offend. They should make efforts to expand their thinking and news coverage to be inclusive toward groups that previously have not been part of the news…They should seek diversity for their work because the world is a diverse place.
Taking these ideas into consideration, visit the Conscious Style Guide (Links to an external site.) and scan through the articles. Choose one area of diversity on which to focus.
After reading through the articles listed under your chosen area of diversity, write a paper that explores the importance of language sensitivity in journalism. Support your ideas with a personal experience, an event you witnessed, a current issue being discussed in the news, or how language sensitivity (or a lack thereof) may impact an individual or group of individuals.
The paper must be between four and five pages in length and written according to AP style. You should use sources to support your claims, and be sure to properly cite all of your sources within the body of your paper and on the References page. For APA style guidance and examples, visit Ashford Writing Center’s APA Key Elements (Links to an external site.).
For this Style and Language Sensitivity Assignment, students must
Identify one area of diversity on which to focus.
Explain language sensitivity.
Relate an area of diversity to a personal experience, current news story or impacted group of individuals.
Assess the importance of language sensitivity in news media.
The Style and Language Sensitivity Assignment
Must be four to five double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the APA Checklist (Links to an external site.).
Must include a separate title page (Links to an external site.) with the following:
Title of paper
Course name and number
Must use at least 1credible source in addition to the course text.
Must document all sources in text in APA style as outlined in the Writing Center’s in-text citation resource (Links to an external site.).
Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Writing Center’s reference page resource (Links to an external site.).