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select a special problem or issue in communication to research in detail. Write a comprehensive research paper reviewing and synthesizing at least 15 scholarly sources from a balanced combination of communication journals and edited books (not textbooks). The information gleaned from these readings should result in a 20 to 25 page paper (not including title page, abstract, references, and appendices). Students will write ½ page annotations for all cited sources.