Please note: You will not be writing a white paper to your boss or to superiors in the company for which you work.
That type of paper would be an internal white paper. If you take WRTG 394, you can write that type of paper. For WRTG 393, we ask for a white paper to an external audience.
Strategies to Consider for the White Paper:
Please follow these guidelines:
have a focused topic. Please see the sample white papers from previous students for examples of how previous topics have been developed for this paper.
write to a reasonably focused and identified audience
o A white paper to an external audience can have a fairly broad audience, but the
paper should focus on a particular problem that the audience is experiencing.
For example, you could write a white paper on better ways of training employees to detect phishing scams. The audience would be a broad range of managers and IT professionals. However, the problem they all share would be clear: Phishing emails have become a problem for cybersecurity in many companies.
You could write a white paper on better ways of teaching English grammar online to high school students. The audience would be a broad range of English instructors and principals of high schools, perhaps parents of high school students as well. However, the problem they all share would be clear: Current approaches to teaching grammar to high school students in an online format are not working as they should.
integrate thorough research
do not make a hard sell to the audience about what action it should take. Your white paper is designed to inform an audience of a possible solution to a problem. The Purdue OWL video mentions this principle. This is one reason the video refers to the white paper as a backgrounder report.
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