Journalistic Commentary Essay


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Directions: A composition textbook called Writing Today states, Commentaries are used to discuss issuesthat are currently in the news. They give you the opportunity to offer a new perspective about what is happening in the world around you. You aretrying to add something new to an ongoing conversation. Your goal is to convince your readers to agree with you or at least understand your point of view. Meanwhile, readers of commentaries want to grasp the issue under discussion and understand the authors angle quickly and easilyTo catch their attention, a commentary needs to snap, making its point quickly and memorably (WT 161).

We have discussed arguments using the three types of appeal (pathos, ethos and logos). Choose an arguable topic of concern and interest to you currently in the public eye which addresses an issue relevant to our lives in todays world. Do not use the (overused) topics of abortion, the death penalty, religion, COVID, or Democrats vs. Republicans. Pick a very specific situation (as Betsy Philips did in her Nashville hot chicken piece Race, Credit and Hot Chicken) rather than a large, general, nonspecific opinion. Please do not use language quite as informal as the Philips hot chicken piece, but you do not have to use extremely formal academic language either, as journalistic pieces tend to be more casual. Formulate your own opinion and compose a personal, persuasive informed commentary on the topic using at least two of the three types of appeal. Though this essay is only an introduction to use of sources for research, you should use 2 reliable sources for quotes/evidence to support your argument. We will use in-text citation and a short Works Cited page.

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