For this project, you will have several choices as to approach. You may compare an academic or professional journal in your field of study to a news stand magazine which targets a similar audience, comparing a publication which is probably known to you with one that is probably new to you. You may compare two academic journals. You may compare two professional journals. Or you may compare an academic journal with a professional journal in the same field. These may be print publications or full-text, on-line publications.
Your primary audience for the essay will be other first- and second-year college students majoring in your field of study. One of the objectives of the essay is to describe the intended audience of each publication (i.e., is it geared to the general public, students of that academic discipline, academic theoreticians, or professionals working in that field?) The purpose is to describe, through critical analysis, potential sources of information to others majoring in your field of study. You will need to read or preview several issues of the titles you select so as to get a good overview of the publications. The length of the paper will be approximately 700 to 1000 words. The essay will include a summary of at least one article from each of the two publications; the articles should exemplify what the periodicals are about and who the target audiences of the publications are. The paper will be correctly documented following MLA research paper conventions.
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