The purpose of this assignment is for students to demonstrate their understandin

The purpose of this assignment is for students to demonstrate their understanding of an editor’s role in the production of texts, and to formulate a meaningful evaluation or piece of advice about the creation of a text.
Task description:
Students will write an editorial analysis of a professional or public document or text of their choice. It should be a text that is publicly available—or that has had identifying details removed if semi-public or organisational.
Using what you have learned thus far about the editorial process through class discussions and readings, you should comment on the features of your chosen text. This could include the rhetorical strategies used, what you have discovered about the editorial process that produced it, elements of invention, arrangement or style (selection and shaping), target audience and intended effects, the actual (or potential) effects, its formatting, design or delivery.
After analysing some of these features, you should indicate whether you feel the editor’s choices were effective, and if not, offer suggested changes to the document in question.
Your analysis will need to show:
knowledge of the editing process and/or rhetorical appeals, devices, etc.
a considered attempt to think critically about audience and how to determine whether a text meets the expectations of an audience
understanding of how texts are—or could be—edited for a particular meaning or effect
application/understanding of readings to date in support of your analysis
Your evaluation and/or editorial advice will need to show:
understanding of the editorial role in the text production process, and what sorts of interventions or changes editors should be responsible for
a considered attempt to address a context or rhetorical situation for the text
the use of persuasive strategies to convince the reader of the need or desirability of changes, while maintaining constructive editorial relationships
Formatting/referencing style: Any academic or professional format and style suitable to the field chosen. Please ensure that all relevant information is included, and that the style is consistent throughout.
Please upload the assignment in Word format to allow for in-text comments.
Some ideas for texts to analyse (note that you should choose sections of longer works to analyse in order to make the project achievable within the word count):
Published articles, speeches, letters, blogs, wikis, etc.
Covid 19 policies, responses, notices, updates, bulletins, etc. (or any similar public health-related publications).
User manuals, assembly instructions (IKEA anyone?), recipes, other types of instructional or how-to texts or videos, including driving directions
A page of a website
Social media posts or a series of these (assuming they are public)
A news bulletin (text or video)
Automated text messages from companies or services you subscribe to
Advertisements (videos, billboards, pamphlets, flyers)
Restaurant menus
A chapter or extract of a book, a book review, an editorial, or a letter to the editor
A scene of a film, including documentary film
A scene of a TV show
A song or other creative composition, including covers, parodies (spoofs), etc., and music videos
Remember: you must provide us with access to the text/composition you have chosen to analyse. This can be via attachment or link. If the source is in a language other than English, you must provide a reliable translation
Feel free to run ideas by us if you are unsure of your choice. We will devote most of the seminar time in Week 4 to brainstorming ideas and workshopping drafts, so please come to class with lots of ideas and questions! We are here to help you! Please see sample assignments from past students below, posted here with their permission. These are for educational purposes only and must not be reproduced for any reason or otherwise used outside this class.