To share your research with a wider audience and add/polish other tools in your rhetorical toolbox, you'll adapt your research (probably an aspect of your research) for a popular audience. Choose a popular culture venue whose audience would be interested in your research (or its implications). A "pop culture" venue is defined as one NOT intended for researchers: its audience could be hobbyists, enthusiasts, practicioners, etc.
In order to determine the specific topic, form, style (including use of media), and other rhetorical conventions of your Popular Venue,
- research the venue's information (mission statement, guidelines/advice for writers, etc)
- rhetorically analyze 7-10 articles (depending on length)
and summarize this information into an informal report that describes the Popular Venue, using cited evidence to support your claims. The format of the report can be basic and practically oriented (because its purpose is to inform your writing of your Popular Article), but should include a summary synthesizing the venue's overall characteristics that you elaborate on in the body of your report and a bibliography providing source information for your citations. The stylistic, formal, topical, rhetorical, etc. conventions you describe in this report will become the evaluation criteria for your Popular Article.
Popular Venue Analysis should cover:
General venue information:
- the purpose/focus of the venue: what issues/topics does it publish about? what is its niche in the larger media landscape?
- the genre(s) or type(s) of content it publishes: narrative essays? cultural critique? commentary on popular culture or current events? advice literature? policy roundups? etc.
- the venue's author- and readership: who writes for and reads this venue? who edits/publishes it? what are their backgrounds? what do they suggest about what this venue is interested in publishing?
- does the venue say anything about their audience, maybe in the mission statement, or in information for advertisers?
- what do advertisements (if present) suggest about who consumes media from this venue?
Features of the pieces the venue publishes:
- formal characteristics: use of headings/subheadings? use of notes/links? inclusion of quotes (and how long)?
- positioning of piece's author (note use of 1st person, use of personal narrative, etc)
- use of media? if so, what kind(s) and what role does media play in the pieces?
- techniques for engaging audience?
- audience takeaways and/or impact?
- extent to which research/evidence/background information is incorporated? specific techniques for incorporating research/evidence/background information? what kinds of evidence are used?
Practical information for prospective authors:
- what length pieces do they publish?
- what advice about topic, approach, process, etc (if any) do they give to would-be writers?
- how do you actually go about publishing in this venue--what steps do you need to take?