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Frequently Asked Questions about the Honors Case Study Challenge
The Honors Case Study Challenge is open to Phi Theta Kappa members and chapters.
Phi Theta Kappa members may conduct a Case Study on their own or may work as a team with other members of their Phi Theta Kappa chapter.
Participants are not required to subscribe to USA TODAY for this project; however, the project is based on developing a compilation of USA TODAY articles to develop a case study therefore it would be helpful. Scanning the newspaper daily is the best way to spot and track trends and issues. You may also contact your local library to find out if copies are available for your reference.
Read the newspaper daily and watch for trends. Over the course of several months, you will notice recurring topics. For example, you may read an article about Wal-Mart's dominance in the retail market. Weeks later, you may read an article about communities protesting to keep Wal-Mart out of their towns. Keep reading and you will soon have your topic such as "The Economic and Cultural Effects of Wal-Mart."
Each Case Study should be based on four to five articles taken from the print edition of USA TODAY between January 1 and November 3, 2014. All of the articles should relate to the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Study Topic. As you read the newspaper, select a recurring topic in the news that is interesting to you and watch for articles that explore that topic from various perspectives. Copies of the articles do not have to be included in the entry.
No, Internet articles may not be used for this Challenge. Articles must come from the print edition of USA TODAY because one of the goals of the Challenge is to help motivate students to develop a practice of reading the newspaper to keep pace with the changing world.
No. All you have to submit is the article headlines, bylines (reporter(s)' names), publication dates, section names (New, Money, Life and Sports), and page numbers.
Each Case Study should suggest up to six resources for additional study. The best resources are scholarly resources, such as journal articles, chapters from scholarly volumes, books, etc. Websites and articles from other newspapers are also accepted. Ideally, you should suggest a variety of resources for further study.
Follow the template provided. Just type your entry in Microsoft Word.
You may send your entry via email to email@example.com. You will receive confirmation that your entry has been received and can be opened.
Your Case Study must be received by November 3, 2014. However, articles may be taken from the print editions of USA TODAY between January 1 and November 3, 2014. The best entries contain articles taken from the newspaper over time, so don't wait until the last minute.
The deadline is 5:00 p.m. (CST), November 3, 2014, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.