The first thing I noticed when browsing various forms of writing for my re-purposing project was that each medium has unique techniques employed in order to reach a certain kind of audience. Op-eds – include much ethos and appeal to the reader’s sense of logic; Blogging – has much personality and interactive components; Research/academic papers – incorporate many statistics and data as evidence. All of these mediums (and numerous more) are distinct and serve a specific purpose.
I have decided that for my project I will be re-purposing my academic research paper on the legality of unpaid internships into an op-ed piece. After re-visiting Andrew Sullivan’s Why I Blog, I realize that just as important – or even more so – than the content of my op-ed will be the tone I sent throughout it. I want to have this piece to resemble an op-ed in the Michigan Daily and therefore target student readers who have much stake in the matter. I want to be informative while also grabbing a student’s attention – perhaps with links and videos. Much of the new research I will be doing for this project will be focused on understanding successful techniques that op-ed writers use. This genre of writing is completely knew to me, however I believe that my topic on internships could produce a great article!