I’m looking forward to having you as a class member in Multimedia Writing (JOU3109) this fall.
Classes start at UF on Monday, Aug. 24. Our labs start that week (with three JOU3109 labs on Monday), and our first lecture is Tuesday, Aug. 25.
I’d encourage you to make arrangements now for your textbooks so you’ll have them for the beginning of the semester. As you know, textbooks are expensive, so planning ahead can give you some options. You may want to purchase the eBook version or rent the books to save money. Another option is to purchase the books with a classmate and share the cost. You will need to take the books to lab for reference, so consider that as you make any textbook-sharing arrangements with a classmate.
Writing and Reporting News by Carole Rich (required) – This is the primary textbook for the course. You’ll be reading chapters in this textbook throughout the semester to help you prepare for the variety of writing assignments we’ll have.
The 8th edition is the latest version and is the one that is ordered for the UF Bookstore — ISBN 9781305077331.
You may purchase the 7th edition, but don’t buy an earlier version than that, as the book was significantly updated in the 7th edition. If you use the 7th edition, be sure to check the chapter assignments, as I’ll be referring to the 8th edition page numbers.
Associated Press Stylebook 2015 (required) – The Associated Press (AP) is a worldwide news-gathering organization that provides news coverage (i.e., news stories, photos, video) to news outlets.
To provide consistency in writing style, the AP developed the AP Stylebook. The stylebook is the guidebook not only for AP reporters but for the communications/media field. So whether you are writing a news story, a caption for a photo or a news release, you’ll want to follow AP style.
The AP updates the stylebook every year — adding new terms and making changes (such as going from Web site to website). I’d encourage you to get the 2015 edition so you’ll have the latest version. Two options are the spiral-bound book (ISBN 9780917360619) or purchasing an online subscription and using the AP Stylebook Online app.
When Words Collide (recommended) – In the communications field, you can set yourself ahead of others by having a strong command of the mechanics of writing — knowing how to use commas correctly and using the correct word (it’s vs. its or stationary vs. stationery, as examples). Your weekly writing assignments will have points deducted for mechanics errors.
You already may have a grammar book or a favorite grammar website to assist you with your grammar. If so, that’s great. But if you don’t have a system for checking grammar, I’d advise you to obtain “When Words Collide.” This is the recommended grammar book for the College of Journalism and Communications.
The newest edition is the 8th edition (ISBN – 9781285052472). However, any edition will work, as no new comma rules have been invited. :)