This week in Public Relations Writing, we were tasked with creating a position paper. I had to create a paper that would lead people to believe that Tipton’s Children Home is a more viable option for children without active parents than the Oklahoma DHS Foster System.
What is a position paper?
A position paper is exactly what it sounds like, it is a paper where you take a stance on a particular argument, idea, etc.
There are four main sections of a position paper.
- Introduction – Includes Thesis and Summary
- Counter Arguments
- Evidence to Support your Thesis
This assignment took extra time because you really have to research about not only your own stance but your opponents stance as well. A great public relations practitioner already is aware of what the other side is going to use as their weapon, so they go ahead and expose it before hand and explain why it is not relative anymore.
I really liked how this assignment challenged me to see the bigger picture and not have a narrow view on a topic. I think this is an extremely important lesson for all public relations practitioners to realize. We always have to look at the bigger picture in order to really understand what our client wants or to prepare for a future crisis before it even happens.