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Due 2/6: Local News Piece

As discussed in class, your assignment is to write a local news piece on a topic of your choosing. You must have 2 sources you are linking to. Consider also getting a comment from an outside source (ex: ask someone their thoughts on the topic). Your piece must be timely, accurate, and well written. Remember, a hard news story needs to have a factual approach. Answer the questions: What happened? Who was involved? Where and when did it happen? Why? Consider the tone you are writing in.

There is no word limit on this assignment, instead I am looking for you to meet all the other requirements. Content matters! Use your resources. I have provided a list of links to help you find some local topics you want to write about. DO NOT copy a news sites content. That is plagiarism. That would get you fired! Reference them, link to them, quote and cite them,  but write in your own words

As appropriate use the AP Style Cheat Sheet.


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Com 475 Round 2 of essays

Consider it your “midterm.” com-475-due-10-23

Download the document and follow the instructions on there. Any questions, just ask. This is due 10/23/08. If I am feeling generous, it might be all we do, aside from talking about the final project. We’ll see….

And yes, you read that right, final project. It’ll be here before we know it!

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Com 300 game

so if you’re playing the game and don’t get it, here’s what I sent to one student, hopefully this will help all of you: Continue reading


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Com 398: So when am I going?

Presenting their findings from the bib on Wed 4/16:

Natalie, Mindy, Krystin, Matt M, Matt G, Katie, Miranda, Jenna, Lily, Solmarie, Claire, and Tawnie

Presenting on Fri 4/18:

Ed, Jordan, Matt R, Quinneka, Denny, Scott, Risha, Nick, Libby, and Chris.

Monday 4/21: Brian and any spill-overs.

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Com 300 Wed. class

Based on our class discussion Monday and the questions that you all turned in, I think we need to spend a lot more time on Chapter 18, as well as talking about media responsibility, effects, and race issues. Please remember to bring your books to class on Wednesday so that when I refer to a page you can flip to it.

I don’t buy into the concept that 1) we blame the media for everything, 2) that nothing should be done about it, 3) that some of you who don’t speak don’t have opinions (you know who you are-and you have good questions!) We’ll be working through some of the questions that got turned in that are really good. Others of you should be concerned: your question are not very good, not a reflection of the reading and you’re not participating in class. I believe you know who you are as well.

So while there’s no formal assignment, I expect you to bring your books and be familiar enough with Chapter 18 to answer the questions we’ll be going over.


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COM 398 RP1

RP 1 (response paper) is due next Wednesday, March 12th. I will not accept late work. Download the assignment from your page. (It’s in word) And as always, e-mail me if you have questions!

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Com 300 “that’s crap reporting”

For Monday read (from the book) pages 512-514 and pages 306-318 (it doesn’t matter which you read first really, though I suggest reading 306-318 first). Ask yourself:

  • What do I think about this theory?
  • Is it worthwhile for looking at media?
  • Is it more appropriate for a particular medium?
  • What questions or comments do I have about this theory?

Write all this stuff down so we can talk about it in class. Speaking of that, I can tell that some people are, well, less than pleased with how things are going. I’m open to feedback on things guys, I always have been. I know we get off topic, and the last few classes I’ve been disappointed in as well: people don’t have questions or comments, and it seems that a few people haven’t even read what was assigned. McLuhan should have gotten you guys worked up, as much as public TV gets Leon worked up! (Sorry Leon, I still find that funny.) These are real concepts that are being pushed off as “Communication Theories” Are they theories? (Do you remember what we said a theory was?) Is that fair? Should we just let the McLuhan’s and Postman’s speak for our field? The lack of debate makes me wonder if the class accepts that the medium is the message…or that the medium is the “massage”–which wasn’t a typo. That means that it (medium) “massages” our senses, essentially dumbing our senses, making us numb to the content, hence the “massage”.

What about other issues? Who’s responsible for the media–especially in the light of what we listened to in class today? What rights to individuals have? The media? Who needs to make sure information is correct? Where and how can we find truth (or “Truth”) in our worlds? Why, as media majors should we care about theses issues? Why should we know these theories? Does it matter to know how our messages effect audiences?

That’s where I’d like to see conversations going. Today was pretty good–talking about what the news should be, but sometimes questions that I’m asking aren’t getting answered because of the constant “off-topic” chatter. This is your field, your careers, and in reality, big issues that people talk about no matter what they do for a living. Don’t forget–for my quiet people–you can post comments here too if you’re rather not talk in class. I want to know your thoughts.


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