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April 10 class & assignment reminder

Today’s agenda: We’re talking about the future of television and movies. You need to read/watch “The future of television” and read the “10 top future of film posts for 2011.”

Due today: In blog post 5, you should focus on one of the assigned readings for Tuesday and discuss whether you agree with the predictions and why. Same requirements as with other blog posts:

  • At least 250 words
  • Complete sentences, proper grammar, etc.
  • Headline that accurately reflects/summarizes your post
  • Link to the reading you’re focusing on in your post

For Thursday: Read Chapter 9 (Internet & new technology) and take the Ch. 9 quiz. We’ll have two student presentations.

Reminder: Your final papers/projects are due four weeks from today!

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April 3 class & post-Easter break

Today’s agenda: Student presentations & a tour of the broadcast studio in Xavier Hall

Due today: Chapter 8 (Television & cable) quiz due by the start of class

Next Tuesday: We’re talking about the future of television and movies. You need to read/watch “The future of television” and read the “10 top future of film posts for 2011.”

Due next Tuesday: In blog post 5, you should focus on one of the assigned readings for Tuesday and discuss whether you agree with the predictions and why. Same requirements as with other blog posts:

  • At least 250 words
  • Complete sentences, proper grammar, etc.
  • Headline that accurately reflects/summarizes your post
  • Link to the reading you’re focusing on in your post

Classic movies in STL

Given our discussion in class yesterday about classic movies, I thought I’d let you know that the Hi-Pointe Theatre has a classic film series that starts on Tuesday with the Wizard of Oz. If you haven’t seen the Wizard of Oz, you can use it for the extra credit assignment. (See details below)

Also, and totally unrelated, if you’re looking for entertainment this weekend — two Communication Department professors (Dr. Mary Gould and Dr. Dan Kozlowski) will show off their athletic prowess in the students v. faculty Hoops or Haiti basketball game. It’s at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Simon Rec Center.

March 29 class & extra credit option

Today: We’re talking about movies — for my part of class, classic movies in particular. We’ll also have two student presentations.

  • Don’t forget to take the Ch. 7 quiz by the start of class!

Extra credit opportunity (up to 10 points)

Watch a classic film that you haven’t already seen and write a 250-word review that addresses these questions:

  • Does the film deserve to be called a classic? (and who called it a classic?)
  • Why/not is it worthy of classic status?
  • What does the film tell us about ourselves?
  • How does it relate to issues we’ve discussed in class?

In your blog post, include a link to the website that deemed the film a classic, and don’t spend a great deal of time writing a synopsis of the film. Your post should analyze the questions above.

Due: 5 p.m. next Wednesday (April 4)

Next Tuesday: We move on to Ch. 8 and television/cable. The chapter quiz is due by the start of class. We’ll have two more student presentations and then take a field trip to the TV studio in Xavier Hall. (Did you know we have one?)

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March 27 class & blog post reminder

Today’s agenda includes talking a bit more about the final project/paper plans, which are due on your blogs today. Your post must include:

  • Whether you’re doing a paper or project (remember that projects also have a short paper component)
  • Whether you plan to work solo or with a group (If with a group, include a breakdown of individual responsibilities)
  • Details on the type of project/paper
  • Purpose of the project/paper (How does it relate to what we have covered in class? What’s the “so what?”)
  • Timeline for completion by May 1

For today, you should also read/watch How mobile has changed the music industry and the Future of music blog.

For Thursday: We’re covering Chapter 7, and the chapter quiz is due by the start of class. We’ll also have two student presentations.

Extra credit reminders

You can attend either or both of the following events:

 

To earn up to 10 points extra credit for each event, write a 250-word blog post about what you learned and what you think you might do with your communication degree after graduation.

Career Day: Post due by 5 p.m. March 23 — email me when it’s posted to your blog

Pro-Am Day: Post due by 5 p.m. March 26 — email me when it’s posted to your blog

March 20 agenda

Welcome back from spring break!

We have a busy schedule today — I’ll go over some details about the upcoming final project/paper assignment and talk about Chapter 5. We’ll also have a couple of student presentations related to the chapter material.

Reminders: The “soundtrack of your life” assignment is due on your blog by the start of class! (see previous post for details) Also, you have two opportunities to earn extra credit this week, which we will talk about in class today. (For details on one of them — Communication Careers Day — see the previous post)

For Thursday: You need to complete the Chapter 5/6 quiz before the start of class and come with 2-3 ideas for a final paper/project. Your ideas should be posted to your blog before class starts, and each idea should be explained in at least 2-3 sentences.

Extra credit opportunity!

Earn up to 10 points extra credit by attending Communication Career Day

  • Noon-2 p.m. March 21 in Xavier Hall 332

Panelists are departmental alums who will talk about their experiences at SLU and their jobs today. Panelists will include:

  • special events planner
  • advertising creative director
  • public relations director
  • corporate media specialist
  • publisher
  • reporter
  • senior insurance consultant
  • nonprofit entrepreneur

Write a 250-word blog post about what you learned and what you think you might do with your communication degree after graduation.

Post due by 5 p.m. March 23 — email me when it’s posted to your blog

 

March 8: Midterm reminders & class info post-Spring Break

Today’s agenda: Midterm time. You will have the entire class period for the exam, which will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.

A few reminders:

  • The midterm is open note, open book
  • No electronic notes/materials
  • The midterm covers the book chapters and my class presentations (mostly the book stuff…)
  • The exam includes multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions

After spring break: We return with an assignment to ease you back into school work. Blog post 4 is due by the start of class on Tuesday (March 20) and we’re covering Chapter 5 — Sound recording & popular music.

Blog post 4: The soundtrack of your life

  • Create a list of 8-10 songs that reflect your life in some way. It can be songs that have a particular meaning to you because they were playing when a significant event occurred or because they represent your thoughts/feelings in a significant way. (You can have a mix of these two types.)
  • For each song, list the song title and artist
  • Explain in 2-4 sentences why each song has a place in the soundtrack to your life
  • Remember that this list is in the public domain, so it’s up to you to decide how personal you want to be in your descriptions/details

Presentation reminder: Check to see if you are scheduled to present during the week we return from spring break. *You are still required to submit your presentation idea one week in advance*

 

March 6: Midterm review

For class today: Arrive with 10 questions AND answers that you think would be appropriate for the midterm. Your questions must be on one page and the answers must be on another page. You *must* put the corresponding page number for the correct answer. Print your pages & bring them to class.

Some guidelines:

  • Have 9 questions that are multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank or true/false. Aim for a mix of question types.
  • Have 1 question that is a short-answer type.
  • Questions can be from any chapter/presentation we have covered so far this semester.
  • You also can post your Q&A materials to your blog for others to use as they study for the midterm. If you plan to use other people’s materials as you study, please post your own.

Also: someone from the Reinert Teaching Center is coming to class to conduct a focus group on your impressions of the class so far. Names will be kept confidential.

Thursday’s class: Midterm! The exam is open note, open book but you cannot use your laptop or other electronic devices. Print out your notes, etc. and bring them with you. The exam will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 10:45 a.m.

Office hours this week: My office hours this week will be 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and by appointment.