Most end up struggling to squeeze it all in to the word count once all the reading and the research has been conducted.
Here's a paradox, though. I often find less of interest in a 12,000 word dissertation than in a 6,000 word CIPR Diploma project. The candidates are very different, of course, but the process is similar.
Could it really be that less is more? That fewer words force you to think harder and pad out less?
If so, here's a new challenge. I'd like to receive some short, 1,000 word summaries of student dissertations for publication at Behind the Spin. Think of them as an 'executive summary' of your work rather than a chance to edit down what you already have. Here are some questions to answer:
- Why did I choose to study this subject?
- What did other people have to say on the subject (the literature)?
- What were my headline findings?
- How might this be useful to me or to the PR industry?
It could be a way to bring your hard work to a wider audience – or perhaps even the important audience of graduate employers. So before you pack your beach towels, time for a bit of editing.
Articles plus author or other relevant photos should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of June. Earlier submissions are more likely to be published.
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