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CMAT 240 Welcome Presentation

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Please look at/listen to this short presentation advising you about our Introduction to Journalism & PR class online for the Summer II term.

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CMAT 240 Welcome Presentation

  1. 1. Welcome to cmat 240 online! Professor Jennifer Cox Summer II 2012 July 9-Aug. 3
  2. 2. About me• Professor Jennifer Cox• Just finished my first year at SU• Finishing my Ph.D. from UF• Several years as newspaper journalist throughout Florida• Worked on various multimedia projects in Alabama and The Washington Post
  3. 3. The course
  4. 4. The course• Working knowledge of principles and practices shaping the journalism and public relations fields today• Be able to write clearly and concisely, using AP Style and appropriate grammar.• Understand and have practiced good reporting techniques• Understand strong relationship between journalism and public relations
  5. 5. communicating• No in-class meetings• Online lectures Monday-Thursday; Friday workday• Lectures will be posted on our course website: http://cmat240summer.wordpress.com/• I am available via email, Facetime, Skype, and phone• I will reply within 24 hours of your email (by 3 p.m. Monday if emailed during the weekend)
  6. 6. Class blog
  7. 7. Course materials• Writing & Reporting News: A Coaching Method (Carole Rich) • Different from the book previously used in this course • Chapters listed are according to the 7th edition; Pay attention to chapter titles rather than numbers! • Buy used on Amazon – new books are quite pricey• The Associated Press Stylebook • You will need this for weekly style quizzes • You will use it in many of your upper-level courses later
  8. 8. expectations• View/listen to a lecture Monday-Thursday• Homework/projects due at 5 p.m. on assigned day • Work turned if after 5 p.m. will receive a 5-point deduction • After midnight – 10-point deduction for each day late• Communicate with me before you fall too far behind; I can’t help you after the fact• Keep up with the readings
  9. 9. grading• Homework grades emailed; quiz grades in MyClasses• Projects: 250 points each • Reported news story • Media kit• Homework: 100 points each
  10. 10. gradingCONTENT TOTALMECHANICS
  11. 11. grading• Based on rubric• Varies with each assignment• Includes: • Writing Style CONTENT • Organization of Information • Clarity • Thoughtfulness • Appropriateness
  12. 12. grading• -2 = grammar & punctuation errors• -2 = AP style errors MECHANICS• -2 = spelling errors (including typos)• -10 = factual error• ZERO = using friends or family as sources DO NOT PANIC! One or two bad grades will not sink you!
  13. 13. Grading• Homework grades emailed; quiz grades in MyClasses• Projects: 250 points each • Reported news story • Media kit• Homework: 100 points each• Quizzes: 50 points each (by 9 p.m. on quiz days) • Tuesdays: AP Style • Thursdays: Readings & The Daily Times (DelmarvaNow.com)
  14. 14. Daily Times emails
  15. 15. Daily times emails
  16. 16. Grading• Homework grades emailed; quiz grades in MyClasses• Projects: 250 points each • Reported news story • Media kit• Homework: 100 points each• Quizzes: 50 points each (by 9 p.m. on quiz days) • Tuesdays: AP Style • Thursdays: Readings & The Daily Times (DelmarvaNow.com)• Participation: 75 points per week
  17. 17. Grading breakdown Point Totals Projects 500 points Homework 600 points Quizzes 400 points Participation 300 points _____________________________ TOTAL: 1,800 points
  18. 18. Last bits• Tentative schedule in the syllabus & online• Tune in for first lecture on Monday, July 9• Email me at jbcox@salisbury.edu Good luck!

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