Research and Writing for the Media

  Professor Rob Laurich
  The City College of New York
  (212) 650-7153

     The Beginning Stage— what am I trying to say in my research? What is my main idea?

     When trying to establish your research question, begin by writing out your intended topic or point of view. Bring on the run-on sentence; make it as long as you need to reach your point. Do not worry about grammar, but do concern yourself with spelling.

     Add to this, by looking at the alternatives to your phrases and words. For example, if you are writing about ‘SARS’, do you want to search also by ‘epidemic’ or ‘disease’?

     Once you have your statement, Circle the most important words and rank them in importance. These will be the keywords you will begin your research with.

     What is a Literature Review?

     What materials should you consider including in your research?

  •   Books
  •   Periodical and Newspaper Articles
  •   Statistical Information
  •   Websites
  •   Multimedia Materials
  •   Interviews

     Getting the Facts!

     Every research paper is strengthened if you back up a claim with statistics. An opening statement with hard numbers is always desirable.

     Statistical Abstract of the United States Call Number C 3.134:999 (Available at Cohen Info Desk) (
     FirstGov (
     Factfinder (
     The White House (
     STAT-USA (
     World Health Organization (
     United Nations (
     The Gallup Organization (

     Databases 101

     CCNY and CUNY have purchased a vast collection of full-text online materials that are available from both the CCNY campus and home. The majority of these databases are specialized and will not be of interest to you for this assignment. The below listed titles are very useful when researching the Media. Contact me with your topic for other possible choices.

     The CCNY and CUNY Licensed Resources


  •   CUNY+
  •   EbscoHost
  •   Premier (Academic Search & Communication & Mass Media Complete)
  •   Lexis Nexis
  •   Ethnic NewsWatch
  •   AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive
  •   Alphabetical List of Journal Titles Online

     The Internet—How to surf for Media Issues.

     The simplest choice for searching the web is Google. However, for a narrower subject surf, check these other sites.’s ‘Resources we offer’ page alone has a vast amount of literature.

     The Googles (
     Bloglines (
     Weblogg-ed (
     iTunes 6 ( (
     City College Library Site ( (
     Center for Communications (
     Institute for Media, Peace and Security (
     American Journalism Review (

     A Sampling of Top Media Websites:

     CNN (
     CNNfn (
     Bloomberg Business News (
     NY1 (
     New York Times (
     New York Daily News (
     New York Post (
     Newsday (
     Washington Post (
     Wall Street Journal (
     The Christian Science Monitor (
     USA Today (
     BBC (
     AlJazeera (
     Agence France-Presse (
     Reuters (
     Associated Press (
     CBS News (
     MSNBC (
     FOXNews (
     SCOLA (
     Drudge Report (

     Media Watch Groups:

     Accuracy in Media (
     Center for Media & Public Affairs (
     Committee to Protect Journalists (
     Media Research Center (
     MediaWatch (
     FAIR (

     Finally! Time to write the paper!

      These are some basic websites that will come in handy when writing your final paper.

     Refdesk (
     Merriam-Webster Online ( (
     Media Research Center (
     University of Wisconsin--Madison Writing Center Writer's Handbook (