RESEACH TOPIC/TITLE OF YOUR PAPER How has the internet and social media affected/influenced/changed the way the information is exchanged or shared in the FS industry compared to more traditional forms of communication (newspapers, community access television channels, word of mouth etc…)? Is this new way we communicate good or bad for the FS industry? Title of your research paper – the title does not have to be the title I provided above, but has to cover the subject. DESCRIBE HOW THE INTERNET/SOCIAL MEDIA CHANGED FUNERAL SERVICE From the way funeral homes use social media as a positive platform to announce death and funeral service information, to families’ unfortunately finding out on social media that their loved one has died, before being notified by proper authorities, has social media positively or negatively affected funeral service. YOU choose what side you are on. Has or will social media cause a strain on how we are accustomed to doing business? Factors to consider – the older generation of FS practitioners may or may not be tech/social media savvy, etc… Has social media caused a strain on we are accustomed to doing business? Factors to consider – the older generation of FS practitioners may or may not be savvy, etc… FUTURE TRENDS What does the future of communication look like for the FS industry? What can we expect to see? Is that good or bad? There are a number of resources on Google and in various funeral service-oriented trade magazines that you can use for research purposes. Please ensure that you site. all resources used. You may also talk with/interview funeral service professionals that you know to gain insight and include in your project. List that individuals name, the funeral home they own and/or work at, their city and state. Your research paper/project must be: NO LESS THAN 1000 words, NO MORE THAN 3000 words. Your paper must be two pages. 12-point font in either Times New Roman or Arial. Single-spaced within a paragraph, double-spaced between new paragraphs You must cite your sources in the text and have a separate reference page. The reference page IS NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WORD COUNT. You must have a title page. The title page is not covered in your word count. ADDTIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP YOU FORMAT YOUR PAPER: In-text citing htttps://guides.libraries.psu.edu/apaquickguide/intex Reference page: http://ww2.usj.edu/PDF/CAE/apareferencepage_6th_ed.pdf PARAGRAPH and spacing example: A paragraph is a series of related sentences developing a central idea, called the topic. Try to think about paragraphs in terms of thematic unity: a paragraph is a sentence or a group of sentences that supports one central, unified idea. Paragraphs add one idea at a time to your broader argument. Probably the most effective way to achieve paragraph unity is to express the central idea of the paragraph in a topic sentence. Topic sentences are similar to mini thesis statements. Like a thesis statement, a topic sentence has a specific main point. Whereas the thesis is the main point of the essay, the topic sentence is the main point of the paragraph. Like the thesis statement, a topic sentence has a unifying function. But a thesis statement or topic sentence alone doesn’t guarantee unity. An essay is unified if all the paragraphs relate to the thesis, whereas a paragraph is unified if all the sentences relate to the topic sentence.