Sample Paper Outline

Research paper assignment: Discuss media portrayals of women

Paper topic: Representations of Single Mothers in Chatelaine, Homemaker and MS


Common issues discussed when focusing on single mothers

Financial stresses
Coping techniques
Relationships with the opposite sex
Effects on children

The image/s a magazine chooses to portray

Popular notion of single mom as hero: Chatelaine & Homemaker
Highs and lows: trying to find balance: MS

Common issues + image portrayal = impression left on reader of single mothers

Chatelaine                                   Financial stresses
Homemaker         OR                    Coping techniques
MS                                               Relationships with the opposite sex
                                                    Effects on children

The importance of balanced reporting
The influence of visuals
The importance of a critical reader