We’ve spent a while now thinking about who needs to hear your research (the ideal audience) and the best genre to present that research. Now we’re going to layer on, with an activity that will help you to identify places your writing could be published (or posted).
There are a whole range of different publication sites (e.g., an online magazine, like Teen Vogue, a forum like TED Talks, or The New York Times “Opinion” section). Take some time to explore possible publication forums for your particular genre piece (paying particular attention to the rhetorical situation, such as your intent / purpose, audience, message, etc). Then identify one particular publication forum you think is ideal for your Unit 3 piece.
Your goal, as always, is to be intentional & specific — target your efforts for particular project. If you’re writing a short story, look at a collection of short stories. If you’re writing an article for an online magazine, consider your audience and think about which is best and why (e.g., Teen Vogue is not the same as The Atlantic). If you’re writing an OpEd, look for the OpEd section of a major newspaper (such as The New York Times). If you’re making a YouTube video, look at a particular channel that produces similar content and reaches a similar audience. And so on.
*If you have a particular genre you want to write in, but you haven’t been able to find a forum where it would be published or posted, don’t immediately switch genres! Talk to me first &/or ask your classmates for help … I’m sure we can find something.
On your own, answer the following “Know Your Publication” questions for that publication or forum.
Know Your Publication Questions:
- What kinds of articles/ stories/ media (and ads and videos for that matter!) are on that site?
- What does that tell you about who they think their audience is? How do you draw that conclusion?
- How long are the pieces usually? (pages, words, minutes)
- What is the tone, usually? (e.g., funny, serious, casual)
- What kind of diction is usually used? (e.g., casual, formal, academic)
- How do they usually use evidence / support (such as data, quotations, interviews)?
- What can you tell us about their visual presentation? Is it all black and white text? Video with lots of graphics? A mix? Something else altogether?
- Do you think this would be a good publication or forum to reach your intended audience? Why or why not?
Share your answers with the class by leaving a comment on this post by 12pm (noon) on Friday, 11/18.
Make sure to include, at the beginning of your comment:
1) what your topic is
2) who your audience is
3) what your genre is
4) what publication/forum you’ve looked at (don’t forget to cite/link to it!)
Thanks all! Together we’ll review & discuss your content in this Class Discussion at the end of the week … can’t wait to see what you come up with here 🙂