What are the main formatting differences between the memo and the academic paper? In what ways do audience, purpose, tone, and structure affect the formatting of the memo and the paper?
There are many differences between a memo and an academic paper. The first of them would be that in a memo you use topics for each of your paragraphs. These topics are written in bold at the beginning of each paragraph. The other noticeable difference is that an academic paper has a title page and is written using very strict formatting guidelines. In a memo you have more room for formatting you’re your liking. I have to say that Audience, purpose, tone and structure affect the formatting of the memo and academic paper in that they are the guidelines you use to determine what formatting you will use. If you are writing an academic paper you will know that your audience is your instructor or peers, your purpose is to inform the reader on your topic, your tone is formal and your structure is mandated by the schools writing guidelines. If you are writing a memo you will know that your audience is who you intend the memo to go to, the purpose is to inform the person of information you find necessary to share, the tone would be formal as you don’t normally write memos outside of a work environment, and the structure will be somewhere between an email and academic writing. You have more leeway with memos than you do with academic writing as you do not have school mandated writing guidelines.