Often along with these sources came criticisms on the work (such as the one by Chermack, (Yeric, 1997)). With a limited time of seven months I had to work through dozens of articles, ensuring they were credible and powerful enough to make a justified argument. Along with working and managing a tasking degree, I had to work on this assignment. Thus this assignment taught me perfect time-management skills.
Though an individual belonging to my generation is said to be apt at using the internet and computer, I consider myself to be a novice at this new technology. However, as I put all my energy into this assignment, I realized how limiting libraries could be. Written print requires the reader to sift through pages of unimportant material. With the internet and its various search engines I could immediately find the works I needed with the help of words or even phrases, without needing to go through entire tomes. Also, often when in doubt of the credibility I downloaded software that could ensure the cited articles weren't plagiarized. I can now use a multiple array of different software and ensure the reliability of my work.
Though, it must be said that new technology is not as helpful as many place it. Very few newspapers have an updated archiving system. Even if some do, they rarely go back to more than a decade into the paper's history. TIME magazine is one of the few exceptions with a archive ranging from 1923 to present day. Electronic media on the other hand has very rare footage of old news. Thus, to achieve a perfect report on media's representation of crime, it became but necessary for me to go to specific news warehouses and dig up old editions of their papers or videos from the electronic media. Thus, I learnt that despite the presence of technology, there are still certain tasks that need to be done manually and through proper resources.
Also, my report required facts and figures. It needed percentages and statistics on various topics: rate of crime, sex, race and religion. Often all these numbers would merge into one as a I read through them. Math has always been one of my least favorite subjects. Thus checking these numbers was a very painful chore for me. Law requires its students to remember article numbers as does the media, as media laws come into affect. I had to dispel my fear of numbers and work with them.
Working with numbers often also meant working in numbers. For instance, I often had to recruit the help of fellow math students who would take out exact figures without the flaws I was bound to make.
I had to work on my fear of people as I met with a number of intimidating and knowledgeable journalists. Often I felt belittled with my lack of information and their vast array of