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this assignment, you will find and summarize an article in the Wall Street Journal about current
events in business that relate to the topics in the text. You can make the assignment more valuable
to you and your classmates by selecting an article that is interesting to you.
There are many circumstances (contracts, requests for proposals, etc.) in business when attention to
detail is important, often making the difference of getting a contract, job, etc. or not. This
assignment is also a case when attention to detail is important to the final grade.
I will randomly assign each student to one topic, and then you will need to find an article in the Wall
Street Journal (WSJ) that is appropriate for that topic. You are only required to find one article for
this assignment, but it should be a very good article that is clearly on topic and in a business setting.
You may also choose to use more than one article. You might, for example, find several articles
that relate well to one other and which you think would make a more interesting presentation by
combining them. You will lose 25 points (out of the 100 points available for this assignment) if
your article is not appropriate for the topic you draw.
All articles must have been published in the WSJ or you will lose 25 points. Check the citation
carefully to ensure the article was published in the WSJ. If you are using the WSJ database through
the Atkins Library rather than accessing articles through a personal WSJ subscriiption, it is possible
to accidentally â€œwander outâ€ of the WSJ database (by clicking on the Related Articles link for
example) so you need to be sure to check the citation to see that it says the article was published in
The article must have been published within the last year. We will use the first day of classes for
the semester for everyone (i.e., the articles must have been published within one year of the first day
of classes of the semester). You will lose 5 points if your article is older than one year. You
should summarize the main points in the article in your own words. Simply copying portions of the
article (even if in quotes) is not acceptable. You should also accurately summarize what you found
in the article. Everything you include in the summary should be from the article, not from other
sources or your own experience/opinion. And, although you may or may not agree with the author
of the article, you should summarize the article in a neutral way.
The cover page for your summary should include your name, the title of this assignment (i.e.,
Current Wall Street Journal Article Summary), the topic you drew, the due date, and the
bibliographic information for the article(s) you summarized at the top left corner in this format:
Your summary will start at the top of the page following the cover page. The summary (excluding
the cover page) should be a minimum of two full typed pages (double-spaced) using Times New
Roman font (with a font size of 12-point) and one-inch margins. Note that in double-spaced typing,
you indent the paragraphs to show that a new paragraph is starting, and you do not put any blank
lines between paragraphs. You will lose five points if your summary is not at least three full
pages long. You will lose twenty-five points if your summary is not at least two full pages
long. You will lose fifty points if your summary is not at least one full page long. Although
there is not a maximum number of pages, a guideline is to select articles that have enough
information in them that your summary will be three to five pages in length. You will lose five
points if you do not use the correct format for the summary.
A copy of the full-text WSJ article â€“-not just a link to the articleâ€”must be submitted to the link in
Canvas along with your summary. Summaries without complete, full-text copies of the original
article(s) will not be graded, resulting in a zero for this assignment.
The due dates for the summaries are on the syllabus. Summaries (with the full-text original articles)
are due the day you present. You need to post an electronic file of your summary and your original
WSJ article(s) to Canvas by the deadline shown in the schedule. Late summaries will not be
accepted. You may, however, submit your summaries before the due date. You will not be
eligible to do the presentation if you have not submitted your written summary on time, resulting in
a zero for this assignment.
It does happen occasionally that a student is ill the day his or her presentation is scheduled. I will
try to work with you on rescheduling the presentation to another date, but you must still get the
summary and full-text article(s) submitted to Canvas on time. Since we will have several students
speaking each day that we do presentations, please try to do your presentation at your scheduled
time if at all possible.
Current Wall Street Journal Article Summary (ïƒ§ everyone will have this title)
The topic you drew (for example, Topic 1: Vision or Mission)
The due date for your topic
The bibliographic information for the article you selected from Wall Street Journal
(single-spaced) in APA style
The bibliographic information for additional articles single-spaced and separated by one blank line (if you used more than one article) in APA style