Skip to Main Content

Journalism 200 - Principe: Home

This guide provides students with tips and recommended resources for finding research articles on topics related to Mass Media & Society.

Get Help With Research

Live Chat (available during Luria Library open hours):

Phone: 805-730-4444


Zoom: make an appointment

In Person: stop by the Library on the West Campus during open hours

Your Assignment

News Literacy Project

You will research a phenomenon related to today’s American news and information industries that you find interesting or important. You will need to apply news literacy and relevant mass communication concepts or theories to explain the pertinent social, cultural, political, and/or economic implications of the phenomenon.

There are four parts to this project:

  • PART 1: TOPIC PROPOSAL (1 per team) - due Thursday, Oct. 12
  • PART 2: ISSUE BRIEF (1 per team) - due Thursday, Nov. 30
  • PART 3: MULTIMEDIA EXPRESSION (one per team) - due Monday, Dec. 4
  • PART 4: IN-CLASS PRESENTATION (1 per team) - Starting Tuesday, Dec. 5


You must use and cite at least two credible sources for your Topic Proposal and at least four credible sources for your Issue Brief.

Topic Examples

  • How news media influence social movements
  • Cancel culture vs. freedom of expression
  • The impact of AI on news
  • The rise of news deserts
  • The impacts of filter bubbles on news consumption
  • Misinformation and conspiracy theories

More Research and Writing Help

If you need more help with your research, contact a librarian by chat, phone, email, or in person, or explore the library's online tutorials.

For writing help, contact the Writing Center in the Cartwright Learning Resources Center (CLRC). The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring and a variety of helpful support materials.

Ellen Carey

Profile Photo
Ellen Carey
Any of the SBCC librarians can help you! Use the online chat to reach a librarian right away during open hours.