Rhetoric & Composition I: Winter Quarter 2013 Rotating Header Image

NYT: Print or Digital?

Genre: Recommendation: Should Students be Reading the New York Times in Print or in Digital Format?
Audience: WRD faculty and students (primary); New York Times Masthead (secondary) 
Learning OutcomesRhetorical Knowledge; Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing; Knowledge of Conventions; Processes
Length: 500 words; include embedded links and compelling, illustrative visuals
BackgroundSt. Martin’s e-Handbook

As you already know from your own daily reading practices, from the film Page One, and from the wide range of print and digital texts and images that you encounter daily, that you are in college at an interesting time in the redevelopment of human communication. In fact, it would not be a stretch to argue that we are, because of the internet, experiencing the biggest shift in human communication in history, or at least since Gutenberg. This shift has implications that are still difficult to comprehend at the level of epistemology, economics, and access to knowledge, but there is one practical area in which you are already experts: should students be reading the New York Times in print or in digital format?

In the spirit of persuasion, your recommendation will respond to that question.

Some background:

Due Dates:

  • Week Seven: Preview & plan
  • Tuesday 2/26: First draft
  • Thursday 2/28: Second Draft
  • Tuesday 3/5: Final Draft