From Journal to Journalism
Your assignment is to intelligently critique the claim of the popular press coverage by using a psychology research article. Your overall goal is to use your research methods skills to answer this larger question: Is this popular sourceâ€™s claim an accurate representation of the original article, or is it misleading to people?
You will need to find an article that mentions an author, institution, journal, etc., so that you can find the original article on which the popular coverage is based. Read the original source and evaluate the quality of the popular coverage. Did the journalist accurately describe the research? Did the journalist offer some advice on the basis of the study (e.g., â€œbased on this study, you should go bungee jumping in the winter, not the summer!â€)? If so, is the advice correct, or is it based on some misinterpretations of the study? For example, many journalists or advertisers may report a correlational study, but then give advice based upon the misinterpretation that correlation equals causation, which it does not (e.g., â€œkids who take piano lessons do better in school! So sign your kid up now!â€). Or they may not report that the study was based upon a very particular population (e.g., rats), and, therefore, may not be applicable for their readers (e.g., teenagers).
You will turn in three parts:
1. a copy of the popular source,
2. a copy or PERMALINK of psychological article you used , and
3. a 750-1,000-word typed report that analyzes the journalism article and the original article.