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Concept Mapping Exercise
Transcript of Concept Mapping Exercise
After completing this exercise, you should understand the concept of framing and the benefits of concept mapping.
The primary objective of this exercise is to help you better define framing by connecting the abstract concept to a set of concrete news practices. A secondary objective of this exercise is to introduce you to concept mapping as a learning and self-assessment tool.
If you haven't done so already, watch the screencast on framing.
Identify the frame of the story -- or start with a frame from the list below or from the FrameWorks Institute website (http://www.frameworksinstitute.org/allissues.html) and find an example in the news -- and map the way the frame operates within your chosen story.
jobs vs.the environment
climate change as controversy
see more examples at http://www.inspiration.com/inspiration-socialstudies-examples
the consumer is king
the process of production is none of the public's business
the economy is driven by great business leaders and entrepreneurs
the workplace is a meritocracy
collective economic action is bad
war on terror
private security contractors
Find an example (or examples) of the frame in the mainstream media using any of the newspaper full-text databases in our library (http://libguides.wwu.edu/newspapers) and analyze the selection, emphasis, and elaboration.
Find an alternative story in the alternative media (for example, search the websites of The Nation, The Progressive, In These Times, Mother Jones, or Rolling Stone) to help you determine what is excluded in the mainstream media example.
Draw a concept map showing how an issue is framed by the news media showing examples of what is selected, emphasized, excluded, and elaborated. Name the frame and identify who benefits from the frame.
Indicate who promotes and/or benefits from the frame.
Identify and name the frame.
frames the issue
Bradley Manning must face aiding-enemy charge, military judge rules
The LA Times
Bradley Manning Trial as due process
Due Process Frame
To let her
Aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers
Gentle handling of war criminals
No charges brought against crew of helicopter that killed 11 men, including a Reuters news photographer
Cases of six marines involved in killing of 24 Iraqi civilians were dropped, seventh marine found not guilty, and only one convicted received no jail time
Negative term "leaker" over positive "whistleblower"
Defense perspective until last paragraph, firmly establishing guilt before alternative perspective is introduced
Pentagon Status Quo: war crimes are acceptable, revealing them is not
White House strategy