English Media Literacy

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Credibility of Journalism of Ebola

Rhea Mathew

Dr. Keaton

English Rhetoric and Composition

Marquette University

28 October, 2014

Credibility of Journalism of Ebola

Imagine yourself sitting in a bus filled with people on the way home from a much-needed vacation. You feel excited to finally be home and are looking forward to reverting to your normal routine. Suddenly, the bus stops, and a woman quickly exits to vomit. You are now informed that your bus will be held in quarantine for an undetermined amount of time because the lady may have Ebola. You get a sinking feeling in your stomach as you slowly realize that all of your plans are foiled and/or must be postponed, and you also may have contracted a deadly virus. Three weeks later, after being held in a quarantine center, you receive the news that it was a false alarm and the lady never had Ebola after all.

Twenty-one days of your life have been utterly wasted.

Ebola is a global health issue that has affected several different countries around the world. Many experts and world leaders have taken several different approaches in dealing with this internationally notorious phenomenon. This paper will discuss the topic of Ebola from the perspective that views the illness in a lighter way, attempting to reduce its gravitational prominence in today's society. It will discuss this topic's coverage in four different sources: Aljazeera, CNN, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and CNS News. It was found that the article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is less credible than the other three evaluated sources because it did not meet two criteria points. I used three criteria in evaluating the four sources I used to study this cause: how well the...