Update 3: Final – The Trend of Regional Independence Movements and its Portrayal in the Media

As my 80 hours of research come to an end, I have some closing thoughts on my project. I was definitely able to explore various themes of international relations and further confirmed my interest in this broad topic. The culmination of the project into a research paper also allowed me to fine tune my writing skills while using various sources and outlets. Within my paper, I discuss the rich histories of all three regions and their current political situations as well as the role of the media around the globe and in these regions. I was able to find at least two scholarly papers/studies that detailed these three secession movements and a detailed study on the use of media in the Scottish independence referendum. 

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Blog post #3 – Final thoughts, Final product

Since blog post #2, I have (you may notice a trend) read numerous more articles and several books that were recommended to me by a professor of archaeology at UVA. At this point, I restricted my articles to filling in gaps in my knowledge and making the project more specific to the present. I researched several articles on the controversial baseball stadium at Shockoe Bottom, a black community in Richmond whose historical district (including one of the most trafficked points in the United States for the slave trade and a massive slave cemetery) would have been obscured by the large stadium that was to be constructed alongside it. This event provides a compelling example of how common the sort of problems I’m studying are, although I’m probably not going to investigate particularly much further into its specifics given time restraints.

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