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Reminder: Final at 8 a.m. Thursday

Our final starts at 8 a.m. Thursday. Please be on time. It is disruptive and inconsiderate to your classmates to come wandering in after the final begins. Not much annoys me, but this does.

A few reminders:

  • The final is open book, open note BUT you cannot use a computer or other electronic device to access your notes
  • The final will be worth 50 points
  • The final consists of multiple choice, true/false, matching and short-answer questions
  • The final covers material from March 20 through the end of the semester (Ch. 5-9, 11, Digital divide & social media)

May 3 — last class!

Thursday’s agenda: It’s our last class of the semester and we’re reviewing for the final!

Due: Bring 10 questions & answers for possible use on the final.

  • 1 question must be related to social media materials we’ve covered
  • 1 question must a short-answer format

Bring hard copies to class — 1 page of questions, 1 page of answers — AND post the q&a materials to your blog. *Remember to put the page numbers for your answers if the question is from the book. If it’s from a presentation, list the presentation name/date*

Final details: Our final starts at 8 a.m. next Thursday (May 10). Please be on time.

A few reminders:

  • The final is open book, open note BUT you cannot use a computer or other electronic device to access your notes
  • The final will be worth 50 points
  • The final may consist of multiple choice, true/false, matching and short-answer questions
  • The final will cover material from March 20 through the end of the semester (Ch. 5-9, 11, Digital divide & social media)

May 1 class

Today’s agenda: Show & tell for your final papers & projects!

  • If you did a project, post it to your blog so we can see it.
  • If you did a research paper, bring some notes so you can talk about your conclusions & other interesting stuff you found.

A TurnItIn Assignment has been created on our SLU Global home page, and you can submit your final papers there anytime before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Remember that groups doing a project can turn in the same project (post it to each person’s blog) but group members must have individual papers.

For Thursday: Final review!

Due: Bring 10 questions & answers for possible use on the final.

  • 1 question must be related to social media materials we’ve covered
  • 1 question must a short-answer format

Bring hard copies to class — 1 page of questions, 1 page of answers — AND post the q&a materials to your blog. *Remember to put the page numbers for your answers*

April 26 class

Today’s agenda: We’ll look at social media as a professional tool. Please read:

Note: The syllabus has blog post 7 due today, but I’ll make you a deal — no blog post due but you have to read the articles above & be ready to talk about them in class. Consider it my end-of-semester gift…

For Tuesday: Final papers/projects are due! Instead of doing the readings listed on the syllabus, we’re going to have a show & tell session in class. If you did a project, post it to your blog so we can see it. If you did a research paper, bring some notes so you can talk about your conclusions & other interesting stuff you found.

A TurnItIn Assignment has been created on our SLU Global home page, and you can submit your final papers there anytime before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Remember that groups doing a project can turn in the same project (post it to each person’s blog) but group members must have individual papers.

April 24 class

Today’s agenda: We’re talking about social media in class. You need to:

Reminder: Final papers/projects are due one week from today!

For Thursday: We’ll look at social media as a professional tool. Please read:

Reminder: extra credit opportunity today

Just a reminder about the *last extra credit opportunity of the semester*

Details are in the previous post:

  • Talks cover the changing nature of journalism
  • Talks begin at noon & 1 p.m. TODAY in X332 (You can attend either session)

Extra credit opportunity

I forgot to mention this in class today: Last extra credit opportunity of the semester!

Psi Theta, the Communication Department’s honors society, is hosting “What’s going on in journalism today?” on Monday afternoon.

The event is designed for anyone interested in journalism or media, and will focus on the ways in which technology is changing journalism and how journalists are using technology.

  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Margie Freivogel, editor of the St. Louis Beacon, will talk about journalism in the 21st century
  • 1-2 p.m.: Amber Hinsley (yes, me) will talk about recent research on journalists & social media.

To earn up to 10 points extra credit, you can attend either session and write a 250-word summary of what you learned and how it will/might affect your future profession. (I recommend attending Margie’s session since you hear me talk all of the time.)

Due to your blog: 5 p.m. Thursday. Please email me the link to your post when it’s completed.

 

April 19 class agenda

For today: Take the Ch. 11 quiz before the start of class. We’re talking about public relations, and we’ll have one student presentation.

Next Tuesday: One week until your final papers/projects are due! We’re talking about social media in class. You need to:

April 17 class & assignment reminder

Today’s agenda: It’s digital divide time. We’ll talk about the assigned readings (see previous post for links), and go over the rubrics for the final projects/papers, which are due in TWO weeks.

Due today: Blog post 6 is due by the start of class. (See previous post for details)

For Thursday: We’re covering Chapter 11 — Public relations. Be sure to take the chapter quiz before the start of class.

April 12 class & blog post 6

Today’s agenda: We’re all about the internet today. I’ll talk about it, student presenters will talk about it, we’ll all talk about it.

Due today: Don’t forget to complete the Ch. 9 quiz before the start of class.

For Tuesday: Related to the internet, we’ll talk about the digital divide (which is mentioned briefly in Ch. 9).

You should read/look through three materials that examine the digital divide phenomenon: “Digital divide defined” from the Digital Divide Institute, “Digital divide is a matter of income” from the New York Times, and “The new digital divide,” which is a slide show.

Due Tuesday: Blog post 6 should focus on your reaction(s) to the assigned materials. Some questions to consider:

  • What are your experiences with the digital divide?
  • Do you agree with some of the assertions in the materials? Why or not?
  • Why is it important to help people “cross” the digital divide?
  • How can we continue to help people bridge the digital divide?

Your blog post should:

  • Be at least 250 words
  • Use proper grammar & complete sentences
  • Include at least one link that IS NOT one of the assigned readings
  • Include a headline that effectively summarizes your post and/or entices people to read
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