Commentary Article Project

In your second major project for this course, you will draft, design, and revise a commentary article on a subject or person appropriate for a specific magazine. Commentary articles provide an author with an opportunity to make an argument within a controversial topic using timely evidence. We will read a variety of approaches to writing a commentary article, but generally, you want to make sure that your commentary makes a clear argument and uses primary and secondary research to effectively support your argument or raise further questions. Your article should meet the following requirements:

1. uses secondary research and/or personal experience as evidence
2. contain at least 1000-1500 words
3. contain at least 2 images
4. designed in InDesign and submitted as a pdf file
5. all submitted drafts should contain a one-page cover letter explaining how this article fits into the mission and purpose of the magazine to which you are submitting

I will evaluate your article based on your ability to meet these requirements as well as your own stated criteria for the magazine to which you are submitting. Rough drafts and final drafts of this project will be submitted to a designated location on Blackboard. After you receive your grade on this project, you will have one final opportunity to revise this feature article for a higher grade as you prepare this piece for inclusion in the class magazine project. There will be more details to follow on the revision opportunity.

Rough Draft Due: March 30th

Final Draft Due: April 10th by 5pm