Assignment 1 Opinion/Editorial
J200 – Relph
Assigned: September 8, 2004
Deadline: 6:00 p.m., September 29, 2004
Forum: Plan to run this opinion/editorial in the IPFW Communicator.
Specs: Essay must be word-processed and saved as Rich Text Format (.rtf) Double-spaced. 500 to 700 words – you must not exceed the upper level of word count. Indent each paragraph one tab stop. Do not add leading between paragraphs.
Grading criteria – at a minimum:
1. Essays must be free of mechanical errors, e.g., spelling, punctuation, word choice. Use past tense verbs.
2. Essays must apply to Associated Press style. You may use a library reference copy to check your work prior to deadline.
3. Essays must be factually accurate and data must be verifiable. Include a Works Cited page at the end of your essay.
4. Each essay must have a headline and a subhead or nut graph attached. See the online versions of both professional newspapers and student papers for some ideas on heads and subheads work.
5. Essays must address the topic with a sense of style, authority and credibility. An original approach to the topic gets great big brownie points.
6. Errors-in-fact or use of quotes or other data that exceeds “Fair Use” standards will cause the essay to be awarded an F.
Audience: IPFW student body
Topic area: Voter
registration closes on October 4.
Your job, Mr. Phelps,
should you choose to accept it: (this is an old
Find some issue in the general subject of voters under 30 and write an evocative essay that may cause some of your audience to act. The essay must be persuasive – not a rant, not a sermon.