Situational Analysis: Sample Question 1
Photojournalism in the second half of the 20th century has had a significant impact on the way people today view historical events. How has photographic images of the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement and Watergate shaped the way we view those events? Consider the context in which the events occurred and the impact current events may have on how we view history. Also consider any theoretical concepts that might help explain our views and practical changes in photojournalism that apply.
Situational Analysis: Sample Question 2
The success of business to consumer e-commerce depends a lot on the effectiveness of websites. Measuring the effectiveness of a website has been an interesting topic for both managers and researchers. Please review several such measures by discussing both advantages and limitations of each and suggest a comprehensive one.
Situational Analysis: Sample Question 3
Media effects research has a long tradition in the mass communication field. First, explain the history of this area of research and the different stages we have gone through. What have researchers such as Lippmann contributed to our field? Next, explain the current status of research in this field. What do we currently know about the effects of mass communication? Finally, explain the future of media effects research, given the introduction of the Internet. Do the traditional media effects models still work?
Situational Analysis: Sample Question 4
Some say that the newspaper industry is in crisis. Describe what the top five problems are for the industry. Describe what you think five reasonable solutions might be. Make the case for your top problems and top possible solutions using your list of readings on the newspaper business.
Situational Analysis: Sample Question 5
Discuss the role of competition in the newspaper business. Is it correct to say that newspapers were once a monopoly and now no longer are? Explain.
Situational Analysis: Sample Question 6
Under my supervision, you have been reading a great deal about how digital technology is changing conceptualizations of copyright, ownership and delivery, legally and culturally. I want to focus on the law, and ask you to address a few themes in the literature. First, there is an implicit belief among many scholars that the law is changing – or must change — fundamentally to address structural changes in the digital marketplace. There seems to be universal acceptance that the evolving technology has changed the legal protection for digital content, and the Court’s recent opinion in the file sharing case only supports that notion.
- On what basis is such a claim made? And what did your readings tell you about the conflict between open systems and copyright?
- What ramifications do these readings have for your work? Given what you have read about digital rights, what adaptations have you made to your proposed dissertation? In what ways does it compare to past studies? In what ways does it differ?
Situational Analysis: Sample Question 7
Please answer one of the following:
- While there is a general conceptualization of democracy, various hybrid conceptions have evolved in Africa during the continent’s most recent robust period of democratization. Discuss the general concept of democracy and identify and explain the variants of democracy that have developed in Africa since about 1985. How do you account for these variations, and to what extent do they reflect anything special about the African political environment? Please utilize the best of the extant literature in supporting your answer.
- Civil society and political parties are widely seen as essential agents for the representation and transmission of citizen voices in a democracy. Explain what this means and assess the development of these agents in African politics since independence. Use appropriate empirical data as you elaborate how these agents have evolved over time in African countries.
Situational Analysis: Sample Question 8
Legal commentators argue that effective resolution of armed conflict and other societal conflicts depends, to some degree, upon the nature and efficacy of institutions that support the rule of law. Using post-independence Uganda as an example, discuss the relative merits of national and international institutions in building the rule of law. Have any of these institutions succeeded in promoting conflict resolution? If yes, what made them successful? If not, what changes would be required to establish effective dispute resolutions systems rooted in law?
Situational Analysis: Sample Question 9
In recent years scholars of human resource management have suggested that a firm’s set of HRM practices and the resulting unique “culture” can be a source of competitive advantage – “competitive advantage through people.” Executives at many newspapers also have experimented with a variety of new management practices in efforts to improve their firms’ profitability and overall performance.
Provide a description of and rationale for a specific set of key human resource management practices that a newspaper could use to obtain competitive advantage. Be sure to explain why each of these practices would be expected to produce positive outcomes. Support your ideas using concepts/theory/literature from the fields of journalism and/or management.