Ormal Report: Radio-Television Health Risks

Formal Report: Your audience consists of first, your department head and, second, selected administrators in different units on campus as well as faculty in your department. The report must be at least eight single-spaced pages, not including Title Page, Table of Contents, and Appendices. (20 points)

WARNING: All materials must be turned in or the assignment will receive an automatic F (0 points).


Pfeiffer, Chapters 1-2, Chapter 4.

Review Examples in Chapter Three:

ABC Format 17: Formal Report (91-92) for overall structure

ABC Format 10: Recommendation Report (71-72)

ABC Format 15: Proposal Report (85-86).

A formal report is a lengthy, research-based, major piece of technical writing. Formal reports can be varied in purpose (recommendation, proposal, problem analysis, evaluation, feasibility study, or grant proposal).

You will be choosing to write either a proposal report (if you determine after your research that there is a single major action your department needs to take, such as revamping curricula) or a recommendation report (if you determine after your research that there are a number of minor actions that your department needs to take rather than a single major overarching effort).


Make sure your name and Draft # are at the top of each assignment.

Make sure your report is contained within one document file: do *not* hand in half a dozen files with different sections of the report.

This report will have several major divisions, and will include several preliminary and supplementary sections. You must structure your report following the guidelines in the textbook. You may cut the sections which have an asterisk next to them (they are optional rather than required).

These sections are outlined for you below, in order of their appearance.

Cover/Title Page
Letter or Memo of Transmittal
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations*
Executive Summary (Abstract)
Discussion sections which may include:
Purpose of Study
Method of Research
Analysis of the Problem
Findings (in as many sections as necessary): information, facts, examples, statistics, tables, graphics, etc.
Conclusions and Recommendations
Appendix A: Works Cited Page
Appendix: B collection of all pertinent data used in the report (raw data, pamphlets, correspondence, questionnaires, etc.)*
*Optional. If you do not require illustrations, or did not collect raw data, you need not include these sections.

Topic Development and Research Process:

Your research will be focused toward answering the question of how well your major academic department prepares its majors for careers in the 21st century in which changes in technology leading to an increasing pattern globalization, outsourcing, and flat-world economics are changing the nature of employment globally. I have chosen heatlh risks associated with Radio-Television majors as the focus with the new technologies that have been introduced, how new technologies may help them ease health risks, etc. In short, how well do Radio-Television programs prepare students for the risks associated with it.

Some of your research may be of primary or field research (researching primary documents such as catalogs, web sites, other materials prepared by universities for students, or interviewing experts on campus).

Some of your research will draw on secondary research: articles written by experts in the field and found through specialized academic databases and professional sites.

I expect you to have a minimum of *five* academic/expert resources for your report. These sources should come from the databases (you may add additional sources such as university or professional web sites to your minimum). I will supply you with my password and username to access my databases from my college once you have taken the order. Academic Search Complete is a wonderful database to use I might add.

These sources should be expert (as defined by the Power Point Assignment), current (no more than three years old unless you can provide a very good explanation of why the information is still applicable today), and should come from a variety of sources (not the same journal, not the same web site, not the same organization).