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Nicholas Kristof’s investigative news reports about sex trafficking in Cambodia

· Divide up the pages in your assignment as explained below. Use the
headings “Part 1,” “Part 2,” and “Part 3”).
o
Part
1: Rewrite
Nicholas Kristof’s investigative news reports about sex trafficking in Cambodia
in one feature-style investigative news report.
1 page single-spaced.
o Part 2. 1-2 explanatory paragraphs
on how and why you wrote this report differently from Kristof’s reports. Half
to one page, double spaced.
o
Part
3: Critique mainstream journalistic
representation of sex trafficking (including Kristof’s) AND explore alternative
ways of representing the issue. Approximately
3 pages, double spaced.
This assignment includes two writing genres.
Part 1. INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTIC REPORT
• Demonstrate that you have understood why the forms of representation of sex trafficking we are critiquing are problematic.
• Demonstrate the ability to write a complex, nuanced, yet interesting account without committing these mistakes/ resorting to these stereotypes.
Part 3. CRITICAL ESSAY
• Demonstrate that you have engaged with and understood the course material.
• Summarize and synthesize the course material to write a strong critical analysis with supporting examples.
Part
1: 1 page
single-spaced.

Rewrite
Nicholas Kristof’s investigative news reports about sex trafficking in Cambodia
in one feature-style investigative news report.

Use
alternative writing strategies that minimize the problems of representation
discussed in class.

Tell
the stories of both Cambodian girls and their lives before, during, and after
the rescue operation.

You
do not need to cite any sources here, but you are expected to read
Nicholas Kristof’s New York Times
columns posted on Canvas and discussed in lecture in order to rewrite them.
List these sources at the end of the paper, but you don’t have to cite them
within this part of the paper.
Base your report on the facts provided by
Kristof. Do not change the facts. Think about what you can emphasize or
downplay, and how you can take a different tone and position, compared to Kristof’s
writing and other representations we have critiqued in class.
Genre
Example for Part 1: Complex and nuanced journalistic writing:

Ben
Taub’s report, “The Desperate Journey of a Trafficked Girl”: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/10/the-desperate-journey-of-a-trafficked-girl
Writing
Instructions:

Skim
through the genre, example to get an idea of the tone and style of writing: how
it is a more nuanced and complex representation than the kind Kristof provides.

The
genre example is a very long report. Yours will only be one single spaced
page.

Write
your report creatively, with “punch,” as the genre example does. Just remember
not to commit the same mistakes as Kristof or resort to sensationalism!

You
don’t have to follow the introduction and conclusion writing instructions as
closely in this part of the paper, i.e. Do not worry so much about providing a
roadmap (introduction) and summary (conclusion). This part of the paper is a
more creative piece of writing. But make sure to have an introduction
and conclusion and make them strong and interesting.

Follow
the same paragraph and transition writing skills you have been working on all
quarter.
Part
2: Half
to one page, double spaced.

Provide
a 1-2 paragraph explanation of how you wrote this report differently
from Kristof’s reports/ other problematic depictions.

You
can, but don’t have to, refer to any sources here. The idea is to explain the
writing choices you made–your thought process and reflections on how you wrote
your report differently from Kristof.
Part
3: 3 pages, double spaced.

Critique mainstream journalistic representation of
sex trafficking (including Kristof’s) AND explore alternative ways of
representing the issue:
1.
Explain
the biases, assumptions and stereotypes are prevalent in investigative humanitarian
journalism about sex trafficking in the Global South. Why are they problematic?

Provide
examples of aspects of writing or filming that reflect the problems with this
form of representation.

Discuss At least ONE MORE example of problematic journalistic, activist, or policy representation of sex trafficking
apart from Kristof, as explained in the course material and/or lecture. Discuss
the connections with Kristof’s work.

Reference
Carrie Baker’s article.
2.
What are some alternative ways to represent sex
work and sex trafficking in the Global South without resorting to these biases
and stereotypes?
Draw upon Sine Plambech’s work to explore its differences from Kristof’s work
and other mainstream representations.

Reference Sine Plambech’s article.

Use specific scenes from one of Plambech’s films as
illustrative examples of alternative strategies of representation.
Required Sources for Part 3: Critical Essay
• Nicholas Kristof’s NYT columns posted on Canvas and discussed in the lecture.
• Lectures: May 21 and May 26: Draw upon the lectures and related videos to provide an overview of why the dominant media representations of trafficking are problematic AND why rescues are an appealing, but the overly simplistic solution to sex trafficking.
o, Provide any other background information and examples from the lectures that would be useful for your essay.
o Please remember to cite the lectures and videos as sources. Detailed instructions on how to do so were provided to you as part of April 15’s Writing-Specific Instructions:
• Carrie Baker (2013). “Moving Beyond Slaves, Sinners, and Saviors: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis of U.S. Sex-Trafficking Discourses, Law and Policy,” Journal of Feminist Scholarship 4 (Spring): 1-23.
• Sine Plambech (2016). “The Art of the Possible: Making Films on Sex Work
Migration and Human Trafficking,” Anti-Trafficking Review 182-199.
• Watch EITHER of these films by Sine Plambech: “Trafficking” (2010, 57 minutes) https://vimeo.com/241138732 OR “Becky’s Journey” (2014, 24:06 minutes) https://vimeo.com/241139440 and reference it in your paper.
Genre example for Part 3: Critical Essay
• https://thefeministwire.com/2013/03/op-ed-nicholas-kristof-and-the-politics-of-writing-about-womens-oppression-in-darker-nations/
Writing
Instructions:
Ø Please make the following
modifications in following this genre example:
o
The
example uses “I” because it is more of an op-ed, but you are expected to avoid writing
in the first person.
o
The
example primarily critiques Kristof, but your essay needs to have a broader
scope: situate Kristof’s work more broadly within patterns of problematic
journalistic, activist, and policy representation.
Ø Similarity to
Encyclopedia/Textbook Entry:
o
Do
not use first person (“I”) or provide your own experiences and opinions.
o
Demonstrate
your engagement with the course material.
o
Provide
and discuss examples to explain your points.
Ø Differences from
Encyclopedia/Textbook Entry:
o
This
is a critique of representations like Kristof’s. Not a neutral
tone. But make sure to provide concrete
illustrative examples to support your critique.
Ø In
this part of the paper, you do need to follow the writing-specific instructions
that have been provided to you through the quarter – all the ppts from Weeks 1,
2, 3, and 5.
Remember:

Strong
introductions, conclusions, paragraphs, and transitions.

Paraphrase
rather than quote directly.

Make
claims backed by well explained illustrative examples.

Demonstrate
your analytical skills:
Þ
Convey
your understanding of the topic, rather than just listing issues or examples.

Reference
the course material.
o
Follow
the APA citation guidelines that have been provided to you for both in-text
citations and References at the end.