Opinion writing exercise for journalism students

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Barbara Bullington
East Carolina University

This exercise requires students to read "The Media Likes Scaring Us and We Like It," by journalist John Stossel, and to then writing an opinion piece about whether the news media spends too much time warning viewers about "dubious" risks and not enough time on other issues that may be more relevant/important to our daily lives.

The purpose of the exercise is for students to gain practice writing a well-crafted opinion piece, but also requires students to take a critical look at the news media, identify sensationalism in journalism and consider and why is it so prevalent, and consider what issues that are beneficial to the public deserve more airtime/column inches.