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Town Hall Project
Media Research Worksheet
Your first research assignment on your policy issue is to find three media
articles from major state newspapers (e.g. Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, or Austin American
Statesman) and/or state news media sources (e.g. Texas Tribune, Texas Observer, or TV station website).
Search for articles written by a journalist reporting on your issue in the last two years. Articles should
have sufficient content (at least 1 1/2 to 2 pages when printed) and address the role of government related
to your issue. Does the article talk about recent legislation, a court decision, executive order, or a state
agency program? Try to include one article published before March 2020.
*****Remember your articles should be about the issue in TEXAS!
To complete the assignment, find your articles, read them, and answer the questions below.
List your media articles below. Be sure to include the article title, source, and link. It is to your
advantage to also list the articles using APA format as it will be required on the project report. (30
2. What do these articles tell me about my policy issue? (25 points; write at least 5-6 substantive
3. What information is provided in the articles about the role of government in relation to my policy
issue? (25 points; write at least 5-6 substantive sentences)
4. What questions do I have about my issue after reading these articles? (20 points)