News Analysis Folder
To get you involved in, and to help you develop
your understanding of, current economic issues, I would
like each student to maintain a folder of news clippings
relevant to microeconomics with your annotations.1
The news stories should be chosen from well written sources
in either the financial or popular press. You will annotate
each news clipping in a one- to two-page paper by
- summarizing the content of the news story,
- commenting on the economics news
or opinions it contains,
- drawing the relevant microeconomic model(s)
that illustrates the arguments made.
Your summary must be succinct and correct.
Your comments should be intellectual interactions with the
article, not just summaries. Comments may express bewilderment
at what is reported, or it may reinforce what the reporter
has written -- complete with reference to relevant economic
model or concept. The comments may also make comparisons
with other news items or with class discussion. The drawings
must be made by hand and be correctly constructed.
I will collect your folders two times during the semester
-- once during the first half and once during the second
half of the course. I will answer any questions you raise
in your annotation and ask you questions in return. Your
annotations and my review will establish a dialogue on your
Your responsibility is to collect one or more news clippings
from multiple sources and write the summary, comments, and
drawings. You are required to submit both the news article(s)
and your annotations.
My responsibility will be to collect your folders on the
assigned days, write reviews that encourage learning, and
return them within a week.
Links to the Web sites of several well-written newspapers
and magazines are located on the course's Web Links page.
See the News Analysis Folder Grading Guidelines for more
information and the Course Schedule for due dates. (Links
at top of page.)
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