critique a position paper in apa format

Option #2: Analyzing Position Papers

Visit the websites of several large corporations that have posted position papers on topics of importance to their organization or industry. Imagine you’ve been hired as public relations counsel for the organization and have been asked to critique this position paper.

  • Using the standards noted in Tips for Success: Writing a Position Paper in Chapter 14 (attached), critique one of these position papers in memorandum format – position paper I have chosen can be found here –…
  • Address the memorandum to the director of corporate communications. Note both positive and negative aspects of the position paper. Remember, you may be hired to help with this or future position papers so you want to be gentle and constructive in your critique memo.
  • Use at least two credible sources to support your assertions.

Your memo should be no less than 2 pages and no more than four pages (not counting the title and reference pages that you must include).
Strong responses will:

  • Follow the formatting guidelines established in your text
  • Be analytic and not merely descriptive
  • Incorporate concrete examples from the publication(s)
  • Base your critique on credible research. Provide support for your statements with in-text citations from a minimum of two scholarly articles. One of these sources may be from the class readings, textbook, or lectures, but one must be external. The CSU-Global Library is a good place to find these references.
  • Utilize headings to organize the content in your work.
  • Attach or include links to any publications you critique in an appendix.
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