Science in the Media
Session 2: Article Analysis


Reporters tailor their text for specific audiences. You will be given a published article about the AGN discovery in the “A New Discovery” email. Read the article and answer the following questions.

Media Source

  1. What is the source of your article?


  1. What is the author’s name?


  1. What is the title of your article?
  2. Just by reading the title, what is the focus or main idea of the article?
  3. What impression do you think the author is trying to give by using that title?


  1. Who is the intended audience of your article?
  2. What details does the author include that allows you to determine who is the intended audience?
  3. Are there any points that you think the author should have emphasized but did not?


  1. The author must communicate with a purpose. What was the purpose of this article?
  2. How did they get their point across?
  3. Describe how the author’s word selection (vocabulary) helped to meet their audience’s needs. Provide examples.

Point of View

  1. What perspective did the author use?
  2. How do you know which perspective the author used (notice the pronouns)?
  3. Explain how using a different perspective (i.e., 1st or 3rd person) might alter the author’s effectiveness.

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