Analysis of a Newspaper Article:
Analyzing a newspaper or magazine article requires specific skills which few students acquire without being deliberately taught and practiced. The example/project suggested below may be adapted for any history or social studies curriculum (law, sociology, civics, political science, economics).
- To teach students to identify the main idea of article, the reason for it being written.
- To use a specific newspaper article to show students how to analyze and examine different viewpoints in news articles.
Questions for analyzing the article:
a. What event led to the writing of the article?
b. What is the main idea of the article?
c. Select several facts/arguments (3 if possible) which support the main idea.
d. Does the author provide enough factual material to support his ideas (quotes witnesses, provides statistics, states his sources of information? Was he an eyewitness to events; or was the information obtained through a news service?
e. Is the reportage, in your opinion, true, balanced or biased? Explain.
f. Are different viewpoints presented? Is this article an editorial (author’s own ideas), is it informative, is it convincing, is it balanced?
g. What do you think of the article and its point of view? Explain.
- Using Michael Ceren’s article in the Saturday Sun,November 18, 2000, “The forgotten holocaust”, answer the following questions:
A. Answer the above a-g questions using this article.
B. According to Coren, what was the number of Ukrainians who were starved to death,
C. What explanation does he offer as the reason for the genocide?
D. How was it carried out?
E. What is Coren’s attitude towards the deniers of the genocide and why ?
- Using Ian Hunter’s article , “A tale of Truth and Two Journalists”, March 27, 2000 in Report Magazine. (www.infoukes.com/genocide/hunter01.htm)
A. Apply the questions a-g .
B. Answer the following:
1. How did Muggeridge and Duranty present events in Ukraine in 1933?
2. What explanation is given for the discrepancies between the two journalists? Who told the truth?
3. Write a short expose on how you feel about Duranty and his Pulitzer Prize for journalism?
- Using Eric Margolis’ article, “ Remembering Modern History’s Greatest Crime”, June 2, 2008, Toronto Sun. http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Margolis_Eric/2008/06/01/5737531-sun.php
A. Apply the questions a-g
B. Answer the following:
1. Why does Margolis feel that recognition of the Ukrainian genocide is long overdue?
2. Who does he name as the main perpetrators of this crime?
3.According to Margolis, what methods did they use and how many people were killed?
4. what reason does he suggest for inaction in the past?
5. Why evidence does Margolis give to show that Stalin was the biggest mass murderer in history?
6. Why was it important for Canada to recognize the Ukrainian tragedy as an genocide? Give 2 reasons.