Select a story from a reputable news source (such as CBC, Winnipeg Free Press, Toronto Star, BBC, New York Times, Vox, or CNN). The story should explore a human rights issue.

Select a story from a reputable news source (such as CBC, Winnipeg Free Press, Toronto Star, BBC, New York Times, Vox, or CNN). Provide with a link to the story you are analyzing at the top of your article. The story should explore a human rights issue.

Imagine that a reporter called you to help write an article that complements the one you’ve chosen. They want you to bring your philosophical experience in the field of rights to be relevant to this subject. In particular, they want to know what you think about the problem. How can your philosophical exploration of rights help news readers understand what is at stake in this real case?

It is useful to study the various sides/points of view in the debate, but don’t forget to offer your own expert opinion (i.e. the thesis).

Write a short essay (6 pages, double spaced) in which you take a position on the issue at hand.

Argue the position and support it. Use arguments to help support your normative argument about how we should think/deal with a news issue. Make sure you have a clear and concise thesis. Lead your thesis, and then make sure everything that follows helps support it.

You want the essay to be no more than 1/3 descriptive and the remaining 2/3 devoted to your analysis. Give examples and make sure you are engaging in normative reasoning rather than focusing on purely empirical matters. Make sure you consider and respond to objections to your thesis.