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For this paper, you will research and analyze communication about a local enviro
For this paper, you will research and analyze communication about a local environmental issue. The goal of this paper is to familiarize yourself with an environmental issue in the state of Georgia and understand how this issue is being addressed by various stakeholders. So that we as a class can become more informed about these issues and opportunities for local civic engagement, everyone will have the opportunity to informally share their findings with the rest of the class during the last week of the semester too. You should choose an issue that is specific to a particular area and/or natural feature of the state. For instance, "water pollution in Georgia" is way too general, but "water pollution in the Chattahoochee River" would be a much better start. Environmental issues can take a variety of forms from the slow accumulation of pollution in our land, air, and water to sudden disastrous events set in motion by natural disasters, human error, or intentional wrongdoing. Issues related to invasive species of plants and animals, the loss of biodiversity, or species loss are also suitable for the paper. For instance, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia right here in Athens does a lot of work to preserve critically endangered plant species that are native to the state. General Structure of the Paper Your paper needs to cover two central topics: (1) the environmental issue itself and (2) how various stakeholders are addressing the issue through communication. Accordingly, you may structure your paper into two distinct sections, or you can weave the two together. Your organization and development of the topics will largely depend on the specificity of the issue you've chosen, its recency or historical nature, and how well publicized it has been in the popular press (i.e., newspapers, magazines, etc.). Remember that this is a class on communication, so your paper should provide a concise overview of the science behind the issue and devote more time and space to your analysis of how people have addressed the matter through various modes of communication (e.g., grassroots activism like toxic tours, visuals, press releases, etc.). To reflect your understanding of course concepts, your analysis of how various stakeholders have addressed the issue through communication needs to incorporate at least three terms from class (e.g., ecological jeremiad, scapegoat ecology, etc.). Because we spent a significant portion of class discussing frames--and frame analysis is widely applicable to environmental communication--you are strongly encouraged to incorporate types of frames into your analysis. At the beginning of the semester, we covered six types of stakeholders: (1) citizens, (2) NGOs, (3) politicians & public officials, (4) businesses, (5) scientists & scholars, and (6) journalists. Remember that these stakeholder groups are often overlapping or interrelated, and some may be more important, or salient, to your overview of the issue than others. For instance, if we were thinking nationally instead of locally, and I was writing about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, I might focus on how local residents (citizen stakeholders), journalists nationwide, and politicians and public officials have framed the crisis. Specifically, my analysis of these stakeholder responses would touch on how local resident's used a morality/ethics frame to address environmental racism while national news media favored a public health frame and former President Obama used an external efficacy frame to reassure citizens. Research Requirements When incorporating communication terminology from class into your paper, you should directly cite the readings we've done this semester. These readings should be APA cited as articles from print journals; necessary citational details can be found on the first page of each article, and you don't need to include the DOI or a URL. In addition to readings from class, your paper should cite a minimum of five outside sources. These sources can range from scholarly articles to popular press and web sources, but your research should demonstrate a wholistic review of the issue and multiple stakeholders' perspectives. In other words, your sources shouldn't all be from the same or very similar places. For instance, if I was researching air pollution in Atlanta, all five of my sources shouldn't be from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) website. Instead, I might pull information from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), EPA, Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Sierra Club. As always, any information that is not your own original idea (e.g., quotes, statistics, facts, etc.) needs to be properly APA cited. Whether this information is paraphrased, summarized, or directly quoted, it must be cited both in-text and in a corresponding reference list. The "Research & Writing Resources" content folder has information about APA if you haven't used this citational style before. Formatting Requirements Your paper should be 6-8 double spaced pages. In keeping with APA formatting and as noted in the syllabus, your paper should also use 12 pt. Times New Roman font, have 1" margins, and be saved as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. Other formats (e.g., Pages or Google doc links) are not compatible with eLC and will not receive credit. As noted above, you should use APA for any in-text citations, references, and the general formatting of the paper, BUT you do not need a title page, abstract, or identifying information on the first page. Because you are submitting your paper electronically via eLC, all necessary identifying information will already be linked to your paper. In other words, just start your first paragraph at the top of the first page. Grading The following things will be considered when grading your paper: Content: your responsiveness to the assignment instructions & incorporation of diverse, logically sound, and reliable research Development of Ideas: your elaboration & explanations of information & ability to bring ideas and terminology together into a cohesive account of the issue and stakeholder responses Organization: overall structure of paper & individual paragraphs (e.g., topic sentences, transitions, etc.) Formatting & Mechanics of Writing: grammar, spelling, flow of the prose, length of the paper in relation to assignment instructions

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