4 reasons to attend #JOU3109 lecture on April 7

Here are four reasons to attend lecture on April 7:

  1. Take Quiz 4 – The quiz will be 10 multiple-choice items over the Media Law chapter (Chap. 14). This is the last of the four quizzes for the semester. Your three best quiz scores will be averaged for your quiz grade. If you already have taken the other three quizzes and are satisfied with those scores, you do not have to take this quiz.
  2. Learn about Lab 14 and the five-point extra-credit assignment you can complete for the April 12 lecture.
  3. Participate in team activity to talk about issues related to Media Ethics (Chap. 15) and Multicultural Sensitivity (Chap. 16).
  4. Be part of the #JOU3109 community learning experience. :)


Posted in lab assignment

Prof. Bridget Grogan provides insights on video storytelling in #JOU3109 & is last live tweeting opportunity

Bridget Grogan in Innovation News Center

Prof. Bridget Grogan works with students to edit their newscast in the Innovation News Center. Photo by Julie Dodd

The communications field continues to blur the lines between what used to be the very separate jobs of journalism, public relations, telecommunications and advertising/marketing.

To better prepared to for possible internship and job opportunities, you need to have a range of skills.

Prof. Bridget Grogan will be our guest in class to talk about video storytelling and how telling a story in text and video are similar and different.

[She provides a great addition to the chapter in the textbook on Broadcast News Writing, which will be on Exam Two.]

This is the fifth of your five live tweeting opportunity. You need to have three live tweeting opportunities

Posted in lecture assignment, media example | Tagged , ,

Media law: Important to know for communications internships/jobs & for #JOU3109 Quiz 4

by Rich Shumate

Carole Rich - Writing and Reporting New

Read “Media Law” – Chapter 14

Multimedia Writing students need to be familiar with major facets of media law to guide and protect them as they work in the media. Chapter 14 in Writing and Reporting News goes into detail regarding many of these aspects.

These notes highlight my lecture on March 31. Be sure to read Chapter 14 for yourself, using my lecture as an alert for some of the specific cases to know. Remember, we’re having Quiz 4 over Chapter 14 during class on Thursday, April 7.

Libel: Printing or broadcasting information about someone that is false and harms their reputation (called defamation.) The most common cause for a libel suit is saying someone committed a crime when they didn’t, which is why it is important to always make clear that someone is being charged with a crime, not that they did it.

Continue reading

Posted in lecture assignment, resources | Tagged ,

Media law: Focus of March 31 #JOU3109 lecture & Quiz 4 on April 7


Journalistic writing style, commas and AP style are all important for you to know and demonstrate as someone going into the communications field.

Also very important are the legal and ethics issues involved in communications work.

We’re having two lectures to focus on these two areas. In lecture on March 31, Mr. Shumate will talk about legal guidelines and provide highlights of Chapter 14. Quiz 4 will be based on that chapter and Mr. Shuamte’s presentation — April 7.

Posted in lab assignment, lecture assignment, resources | Tagged ,

Prepare for Lab 12’s news release in Thursday’s #JOU3109 lecture with Prof. Bridget Grogan, our client

The CJC Summer Institute will be the topic for your Lab 12 news release.

The CJC Summer Institute will be the topic for your Lab 12 news release.

We’re working with a client for the Lab 12 news release.

You will be writing a news release about the College’s Summer Institute.

Prof. Bridget Grogan is co-director for CJC SI and will be in lecture on March 24 to provide information and direction on what she wants for the news release.

In lecture, I’ll take the role of being her intern with the task of writing the news release. We’ll have the kind of conversation you would have to prepare for writing a news release for an organization you intern/volunteer for. Some of the process is like doing a journalism-type interview for a story. Some of the process is different. [What are those similarities and differences? At this point in the semester, you should know.]

You’ll be taking notes, as we won’t be providing a fact sheet. You also may want to record the conversation. (You can place your phone on a table that we’ll have on the stage — as we did when Allison Vitt was in class.)

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Prior to class, please visit the Summer Institute’s website and see what information you can find — dates, costs, activities. What information do you need for the news release? What information will you need from our conversation with Prof. Grogan?
  2. Imagine that you are going to be the one interviewing Prof. Grogan. What are the questions you would ask? You should have questions both about the Summer Institute and about the news release.
  3. In lecture, take notes. You may want to have your laptop or tablet so you can check the website for information. You also may record the lecture.
  4. Be listening for guidance on the structure and contents of the news release. You won’t be receiving a rubric for this news release, as on the job you don’t receive rubrics for your work.
  5. Be ready to ask strategic questions. I’m familiar with the Summer Institute. (In fact, I was co-director for six years.) And I’ve written many news releases. So I may not ask something that you need to know. I’ll budget some time for you to ask questions. But we want those to be strategic questions — not about issues you could find on the website or what already was discussed in lecture.
  6. Before Lab 12, write the news release and the other assignments that you’ll learn about in lecture. Take your materials in print and digital form to Lab 12.

See you in lecture on Thursday. This is not a live tweeting day, as you want to focus on collecting information for the news release assignment

Posted in lab assignment, lecture assignment, resources | Tagged , ,