Global Services Webpage Assignment
Global Services Webpage Assignment

GOAL:  Demonstrate strength in the following skills –
1. Research
2. Tailoring a message for a specific audience
3. Integrating multiple sources and graphics
4. Integrating visuals into a message
5. The five C’s (Creativity, Clarity, Coherence, Conciseness, and mechanical Correctness)

ROLE: Web-editor

INTENDED READER:  Community agency supervisors

DISCUSSION.  We often look for news and ideas from people whom we expect will give us information that agrees with our points of view.  In so doing, we nestle into “emotional and cognitive comfort zones” that hurt our ability to think and empathize, and therefore we hurt our ability to communicate effectively.  Ironically, we often limit our information-gathering in spite of the wealth of information, ideas, and opinions available through the Net. To help address that situation, this assignment requires you to use information from a variety of sources, including one news source (minimum) that is based outside of the U.S. 

1. A concern in another country that is also present in your own community
2. Steps that at least one organization is taking to address that condition in that other country.

Use information from the following sources: 

1. Your current service-learning experiences, which offer narratives that personalize and “set the stage” for your Web page’s message. If this class does not have a service learning component, draw upon your own experiences (or those of your friends and family) for the narrative.

2. Library’s electronic data bases, which give you access to general information about your topic.  For example, you can find information linking poverty with stress, and stress with academic success (or failure). 
a. Use at least two articles that have been published after January 2005.
b. At least one of the articles should be paginated.

3. The English version of a news organization that is based outside of the U.S.   That news organization could be
a. A foreign city’s newspaper or magazine {the English version}, such as The Guardian (the British-English version of a London, England newspaper) or la Prensa (Mexico) or Spiegel Online (Germany)   – or –
b. Net-based.  In the U.S., for example, News sources from other parts of the world include Vietnamnet, Businessday  (South Africa), and al Jazeera (Qatar).

4. (Optional)  Local sources that provide background information for your personal narrative.  One such source is

CHECKLIST:  Create a webpage that –
1. ___ Is designed for agency supervisors
2. ___ Uses the kinds of sources listed above
3. ___Integrates
a. ___ One properly-documented photo
b. ___ At least one properly-documented chart or graph.  
c. ___ At least one electronic link to an additional source of information.  (A link to one 
      or more community agencies would be fine.)
d. ___ Three short quotes (no more, no less).
4. ___Uses APA formatting for your in-text citations and References section. Your drafts
       and final project will fail if you do not.
5. ___  Is at least 800 words long
6. ___ Is
a. Creative
b. Clear
c. Coherent
d. Concise
e. mechanically Correct

SUBMIT your assignment in two ways:  by
1. Hard copy.  In your folder, including the following materials in this order
a. On top – This instructions packet (with completed checklist) stapled to a hard
       copy of your Webpage
b. Your drafts, each of which should have the date on which it was due
c. Research Record
d. Annotated copies of your sources.  For long sources (7 or more pages), you need
       provide only the first page and the pages from which you took info.
e. Pre-writing
2. An e-mail with: 
a. Your assignment (sent as an attachment)
b. Your Webpage’s URL (placed into the e-mail’s message section)

One way of organizing your Web page’s message

1. Introduction:  Use a narrative (a personal experience) from your current service-learning project to introduce your message.  That narrative would illustrate a specific instance of that condition.  You might include
(Transition to…)
2. A description of the condition, using information from your database sources.  Compare and contrast information from at least two sources.
(Transition to…)
3. An explanation of the steps that an agency is taking to address the condition and reasons for which their steps may differ from the local agency.
(Transition to…)
4. Conclusion

At appropriate places in your Web page, include your
• In-text citations (which should be placed immediately after the information that you have paraphrased or quoted)
• Visuals to represent information concisely and engagingly
• Electronic link(s) to additional sources of information
• References page