A. select a trending topic connected to your field of study or


A. Select a trending topic connected to your field of study or professional field. When considering topic choices, select topics that fall under the broad umbrella of your field of study. Consider the following examples:

  • Health care: Current health crisis or controversial medical issue
  • Security studies: Controversial criminal case, legislation issues, and so forth
  • Business and management: Trending topics in the corporate world
  • Computer science and IT: IT and security issues; Prospering or failing technology companies; Controversies related to technology

Note: You may choose a trending topic with which you are already familiar, but if you would like additional ideas for topics, skim online news outlets for stories or touch base with your instructor for additional suggestions.

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B. Research your trending topic and provide links to information on that topic from the following locations:

  • Online news outlet (CNN, AP, New York Times, local news online, etc.)
  • Twitter
  • Wiki
  • Library database or Google Scholar

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Step 2:

Answer the following questions to compare and contrast the audience, purpose, and credibility of each link:

  • Who is the intended audience for each of the communications?
  • What is the purpose of each of these communications (to inform, to educate, to entertain, to persuade, etc.)? How effective do you think each communication was in accomplishing the writer’s purpose?
  • What is the credibility of each of these communications and why? Are any appropriate for use in an academic setting or professional setting and why?

Step 3:

A. Write a mock Tweet, Facebook post, OR email about your trending topic.

NOTE: Your mock message only needs to be created for this discussion board assignment, and not actually posted on social media or sent.

  • Tweet: 140 characters only; tweet should be concise and clear; provide trending topic information and link to an article about it; must include a hashtag.
  • Facebook: summarize the information on your trending topic and also express your reaction to the information and possible ways your followers might need or use your discovery
  • E-mail: must include the following fields: a “to:” and “subject:” line and an appropriate “signature;” you should have an introductory greeting, set the context, provide trending topic information and link to an article about it, and have a concluding statement; the e-mail should not exceed 6-8 sentences total.

B. Finally write a paragraph that discusses why you chose that platform and how that impacted your purpose, audience, voice (diction), and message