1. OBJECTIVE This assignment has two objectives: • To obtain a broader sensibility for the role of geographic information in our society, • To train critical reading and thinking about the use of information. 2. INTRODUCTION This assignment encourages you to critically read and assess the use of geographic information in the daily news of the media. Besides of its omnipresence, geographic information is frequently presented to support a political, social or economic argument. The use of information is rarely neutral, and the way it is presented is not neutral either. Your review should reveal such agendas, and think about objectively challenging or supporting the presented information by evidence. 3. DATA REQUIRED Select an online newspaper article of your choice, published within in the 27th April – 3rd May, from any English-speaking media around the world (note: blogs, weather forecasts and scientific articles are out of scope). 4. Content of your report • The full reference of the newspaper article. • The identified geographic information in the article: the sort of data, the source of data, and the authors of the data. • A discussion whether this information is properly referenced, and whether it is objectively testable or just inaccessible. Search on the web for data that could be used to validate the given information. Which data are you looking for? What sort of analysis would be necessary for a test? • A discussion of the use of the geographic information in the argument of the article: is the argument made properly? If statistics is used, is it used comprehensibly? If graphics are used, are they used objectively? And if graphics are used, is there a clear link between the graphics and the text? • If possible, check whether your article is followed up by other articles, or discussed differently in other media (only with respect to the geographic information, of course).