Research topic on The Calhoun School documentary

Education reform in the American education system is a topic that is constantly evolving, with new ideas for how we can better teach young people arising all the time. The Calhoun School, a progressive private school located in the Upper West Side of New York City, recently broached the idea of education reform as it pertains to racism in schools in their documentary, “I’m Not Racist…Am I?”

The Calhoun School documentary covers the issue of racism. (Credit: Calhoun.org)

The Calhoun School documentary covers the issue of racism. (Credit: Calhoun.org)

Background on The Calhoun School documentary

According to “Rethinking Racism Through Film and the Eyes of Students” by Sophia Hollander for The Wall Street Journal on November 23, 2014, the documentary, “I’m Not Racist…Am I?,” “charts the evolution of 12 teenagers from public and private schools across New York City … as they attend race workshops for one year.” Read more

Research topic: Marvel Comics and the history of comic books

The history of comic books now spans several generations. As Marvel Comics celebrates its 75th anniversary and unveils a new slate of comic book movies to come in the next five years, the genre is rich with research paper topics.

Marvel Comics celebrates its 75th anniversary. (Credit: Comic Vine)

Marvel Comics celebrates its 75th anniversary. (Credit: Comic Vine)

Start from looking at the issues of crime and justice in comics to the way comic books have handled gender and race issues. Read more

Reveal attacks on press freedom for your research paper

Jon Stewart unveiled his directorial debut, Rosewater on November 7, 2014, at the Telluride Film Festival. Best known as a political satirist and star of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Stewart chose to tackle a very serious subject, press freedom, for his first film.

Gael Garcia Bernal  deals with press freedom attacks in 'Rosewater.' (Credit: Jenny Nuff)

Gael Garcia Bernal deals with press freedom attacks in ‘Rosewater.’ (Credit: Jenny Nuff)

The Rosewater movie is based on the true story of journalist Maziar Bahari who was held at Iran’s Evin prison for 118 days. The script, also written by Jon Stewart, was adapted from Bahari’s memoir, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. Look to the Rosewater film for inspiration for your next research paper on journalists and press freedom. Read more

Discuss “My Little Pony” in your next marketing research paper

Hasbro has found a way to cash in on the brand equity of many of its popular lines of toys by turning the properties, including My Little Pony, Transformers, G.I. Joe and even Oiuja, into television and film hits. Released in June, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is still performing in the top thirty titles in the box office (according to weekend totals for September 12-14).

"My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks" hits theaters on September 27. (Credit: Drafthouse)

“My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks” hits theaters on September 27. (Credit: Drafthouse)

“My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic,” the popular television cartoon show on Hasbro’s the Hub, aimed at adolescent girls, but embraced by a community of adult fans (self-styled Bronies and Pegasisters), has its newest big screen film adaptation, “Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks,” hitting limited theaters on September 27. Read more

Use Facebook news as your media or technology research paper topic

Once again there is news about Facebook that has users upset. The social media giant is no stranger to criticism, from concerns about invasion of privacy to changes in the user interface.

A Facebook "like" marks the entrance to Facebook headquarters. (Credit: Jan Jekielek/The Epoch Times)

A Facebook “like” marks the entrance to Facebook headquarters. (Credit: Jan Jekielek/The Epoch Times)

But the latest Facebook controversy revolves around an app scam—the color change app—and changes to Facebook Messenger. Read more

How to research ethics in communication (Hint: with integrity)

Social and ethical issues in journalism and other communications, such as public relations, business communications and information science, are good research paper topics for your ethics term paper.

Rupert Murdoch Getting Schooled In Journalism Ethics. (Credit: Rob Tornoe)

Rupert Murdoch Getting Schooled In Journalism Ethics. (Credit: Rob Tornoe)

Here are some debates and issues of ethics in journalism you can discuss and a list of databases and resources for more research. Read more

New dictionary words as your research paper topic

In late spring, Merriam-Webster announced the new words it will add to the 2014 edition of its dictionary. New words are often influenced by technology, politics, economics and pop culture. College students, not only the English major, linguistics major or journalism major, can have fun analyzing the new words for their origins, dictionary definition versus everyday usage, pertinence and persistence in the English language.

Merrian – Webster announced new entries for the dictionary in 2014. (Credit: Mark Montehermoso)

Merrian – Webster announced new entries for the dictionary in 2014. (Credit: Mark Montehermoso)

Here are some of the new additions to the new Merriam-Webster dictionary, an explanation of how words are chosen for dictionaries and an f-bomb! Read more

The good and bad of online gaming for your research paper

Online gaming is just some harmless fun, a way to pass the time or hang with friends. Right? Unfortunately, for some, Internet game addiction has taken a darker turn as shown in an upcoming HBO documentary—“Love Child.”

The consequences and dangers of online gaming can result in tragedy. (Credit: Jamaal Ryan)

The consequences and dangers of online gaming can result in tragedy. (Credit: Jamaal Ryan)

Exploring the tragic consequences and dangers of online gaming for one young, South Korean couple and their baby, the “Love Child” documentary will no doubt contribute to society’s ongoing discussion of how technology is changing us for the good and for the bad. A thorough discussion on addiction and substance abuse in general can also contribute to a great research paper topic. Read more

Children’s literature classic made into film adaptation

Once again, Hollywood has turned to a beloved icon of children’s literature for its latest film adaptation. The Paddington Bear movie, to be released on Christmas Day 2014 in the United States, will star Nicole Kidman as an evil taxidermist with her eye on the marmalade-loving creature, and Hugh Bonneville and Julie Walters as Paddington’s adopted parents, the Browns.

The children's literature book Paddington Bear is being turned into a film adaptation. (Credit: Shine a light)

The children’s literature book Paddington Bear is being turned into a film adaptation. (Credit: Shine a light)

But who will voice Paddington now that Colin Firth will not be playing the part? For your next literature or film studies research paper, learn about how children’s literature books compare to their film adaptations. Read more

Edge of Tomorrow is the futuristic Groundhog Day

In the movie “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray’s character lived the same day over and over again until he learned to be a better man. In “Edge of Tomorrow,” Tom Cruise experiences a similar time loop and evolves from a nerdy administrator to a warrior capable of fighting an alien invasion.

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in the new film Edge of Tomorrow. (Credit: HD Wallpapers)

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in the new film Edge of Tomorrow. (Credit: HD Wallpapers)

Both movies have strong female characters, too. But if you like female heroes, you’ll love Emily Blunt who plays a futuristic warrior who tutors Cruise. Read more