If you have not yet chosen a topic, peruse the following list of international news outlets for ideas. Gauge a topic’s timeliness and relevance by the frequency of its coverage in current issues of these sources. The international press tends to cover certain issues that the mainstream American press does not, but you should feel free to write about those subjects which you think are important regardless of whether the Washington Post or the NYTimes make them front page headlines.
BBC News – http://news.bbc.co.uk/
The Economist – http://www.economist.com
Council on Foreign Relations Website – http://www.cfr.org
Washington Post – http://www.washingtonpost.com
New York Times – http://www.nytimes.com
Foreign Policy Magazine – http:/www.foreignpolicy.com
The New Republic – http://www.tnr.com
Foreign Affairs Magazine – http://www.foreignaffairs.org
Some of you have written essays, papers and dissertations on relevant and timely topics. If you have an area of expertise, write a piece about it! But make sure you follow the formatting guidelines discussed below.
Articles should be about 1000 words. Each piece should include three headings: Developments, Background, and Analysis. The Developments section should be no longer than two paragraphs. This should be the shortest section of the piece. Just give the 4 W’s (Who, What, When and Where). This concise introduction should draw the reader into your article and present a framework for the issue. Include at least one web link to a news outlet covering the story.
The Background section should be the longest part of the piece, but try to write efficiently and omit collateral and irrelevant details.. Focus on the history of the major actors and explain some of the underlying religious, ethnic, class or political tensions. Briefly describe the different perspectives (either expert or layman) on the issue and, to the extent possible, fairly present the strongest arguments supporting both sides. Pepper the background section with web links directly to authoritative sources (e.g. link to the UN website rather than a wikipedia article about the UN), government websites, newspapers and editorials. It is helpful for our readers to have different sources to explore in case they choose to continue research or gain additional insights. Be sure to also explain how the news event on which you’re reporting relates to other recent or relevant events in the news.
The Analysis section is shorter than the Background section, but longer than the Developments section. This section should explain why the issue/news event is important to the average American. Is there a financial, moral, religious, political, security impact? If so, discuss it. Think about how the issue might influence events domestically and internationally. What are the immediate concerns and are there long term consequences? Tie it in with the Background section. A strong analysis section should also provide some insight on future developments.
1. Each article should be single-spaced, written in Arial, size 11 font.
2. United States is abbreviated “U.S.”
3. United Nations is abbreviated “U.N.”
4. There are two spaces after each period.
a. Spell out the numbers one through one hundred.
b. Use numerals for all numbers over one hundred.
6. Use the ‘%’ sign instead of the word ‘percent.’
7. Do not indent new paragraphs. Just insert a hard carriage return between paragraphs.
8. For all other style questions, please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style.
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After your article is published:
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