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Choose an audience


Figure out to whom you are speaking

Introduction

In making an argument from sources, you are aiming to persuade a specific audience--you need to identify your audience early or risk making an argument that is ineffective or that no one cares about.

How

Steps

Choosing an audience is relatively straightforward.  

For researchers, choose a venue for your argument such as a specific journal or conference.

For practitioners, your audience might be a specific client such as a school or organization, or  a broader audience such as "high-school biology teachers" reading a online publication you write for, or an op-ed you plan to shop around.  Because you are writing a written argument, think about what specific audience you are trying to reach and how this argument will actually reach them.  Even you started this for a class, treat it as an article you might publish in the future.

Once you have identified your audience/venue, add it to your master design document.