Road Map

I began with a research paper analyzing the Substantive Due Process and the Undue Burden Standard within two cases: Roe v Wade and Planned Parenthood v Casey. I  wanted to repurpose this paper because there has been significant debate in the news as to whether or not the country should publically defund Planned Parenthood. I personally and am staunchly pro-choice and an avid supporter of Planned Parenthood, so I knew immediately that I wanted to dig into this topic and explore it in a new way. While I did discuss  my opinion in my research paper, it is very technical about certain means of the legislature and the Supreme Court. Thus, I wanted to explore the topic in a more creative way. Then a few weeks ago, I signed up for a feminist newsletter written Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, two of my personal heroes and women I sincerely look up to. They sent out one newsletter entitled “#AskYourMother” in which after re-capping the many discussions going on in our government about defunding Planned Parenthood, they recounted two stories about their own mothers’ experiences before Roe v Wade.  First I will write a brief opinion-article type discussion about the current political climate, and how defunding Planned Parenthood could affect women across the country in very serious ways. Then, I will collect personal stories from women across age groups, to recount personal stories about women who have had abortions and how these experiences have affected their lives.

The lenny letter genre is what I largely want to base my repurposing project off of as I think it is both informative and has an element of creativity and storytelling within. However, I want my piece to have an element that is similar to an opinion article that might appear in the opinion section of a  publication like the New York Times. To do so, I will have to do more research on the potential government shut down as well as the short term and long term implications of defunding Planned Parenthood. This New York times article is an example of some of the types of research I will have to do to write this section. For one, I will have to continue to familiarize myself with all of the bills intend to avert a government shut down, and all of the major political players who are currently at the center of this debate.

I hope that the combination of both a journalist perspective and a few personal stories will help my audience understand the importance of the issue, and will allow readers to both increase their knowledge about the debate, and form a personal connection to the stories I plan on telling in order to come to a deeper emotional understanding of what it means to defund Planned Parenthood, or even to overturn Roe v Wade.

 

 

 

 

My Websites

Two of the five websites that I would like to emulate in some way, or use as a template for my archive include:

Cracked.com: This website is my #1 procrastination destination. If I really don’t want to get anything done for an entire afternoon, this is where I will go first. It is mostly written articles, so I think it counts as a writing related website. The ingenious part of Cracked is the way it links everything to everything else. At the end of every article is a “If you liked this, you will like…. Link! This is why I spend so much time on here. Because each article leads into the next in a never ending journey of Star Wars jokes and fun, slightly useless facts. Having a similar function, or equally user friendly tactics would be beneficial to my portfolio site for easy access and to add interest. I also like their “flashback” column where they give links to articles written a year or two ago today. I think this is a brilliant way to keep traffic on their site, and give attention to older articles as well as newer ones.

nytimes.com: I like the New York Times website because though it is incredibly simple, it is effective. It almost looks like a newspaper, only with links instead of “See Page A2.” It doesn’t have all the cheesy functions some other news sites have, like MSN with all of its articles about the best vacation spots in the US, not to mention the horoscope page. It uses pictures, but not too many. The focus is clearly on the news stories, which I think is useful for a website. Knowing your purpose and not feeling like you have to dress it up or add dumb things to keep reader interest is important. I like that you can view today’s newspaper as well, and the adds are kept to a minimum.