Guidelines: When writing the essay, please observe the following guidelines.
- Limit the length to approximately 750 words (which translates to between two and three double-spaced, typed pages).
- Be sure to include an essay title and your name.
- Compose the essay without any assistance, in the form of either other people or outside commentary. Don’t use the web or the library for research. You are, however, permitted to use a dictionary (online or hardback) for words which are unfamiliar to you. And you can use reference tools (online or otherwise) to identify names which you don’t recognize. Your best interests will be served only if the Writing Program can make an honest appraisal of how you write on your own. This will be your first opportunity to put Haverford’s Honor Code into practice.
Assignment: Read Nora Ephron's The Boston Photographs (1975).
In a clear, concise and well-focused argument, and using evidence drawn from Ephron’s essay, address the decision to publish this photograph: is this “cheap sensationalism” or voyeurism? A responsible record of an actual event? A photograph whose excellence alone justifies publication? What is ethical here? What is not?
Pick one issue here that you believe to be significant; you are not being asked to respond to every question, but to take a position on the issue and make an effective argument for that position.
When evaluating your essay, Writing Program faculty will attend to the following criteria:
- Engagement and reasoning: How well do you demonstrate a grasp of the argument while still establishing and supporting your own position?
- Structure and style: Does the organization of your essay help or hinder readers? Is there sufficient control of particular sentences to allow us to follow your reasoning?
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