Julie Dodd retires from UF, celebrates #JOU3109 teaching

JOU3109 alum panel

Multimedia Writing students took notes and live tweeted during the panel presentation of JOU3109 alums that I moderated. Photo by Raina Barnett

Teaching Multimedia Writing (and previously Writing for Mass Communication) has been one of the highlights of my faculty life at the University of Florida.

Students who have taken writing classes with me have gone on to a wide range of jobs and careers, including being a Hot Dogger (brand ambassador) for Oscar Meyer.

Students who have taken writing classes with me have gone on to a wide range of jobs and careers, including being a Hot Dogger (brand ambassador) for Oscar Meyer.

And now I’m retiring after teaching for 28 years at the University of Florida. Thanks to all of you who have been part of my UF experience.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with more than 10,000 undergraduates who have taken JOU3109 or MMC 2100. Teaching a course with such practical skills — from interviewing to writing to editing — has been rewarding, as I know we’re helping everyone prepare for professional goals, whatever those goals are.

FullSizeRender copyI’ve worked with more than 200 graduate teaching assistants and adjuncts as lab instructors. I’ve enjoyed creating teams of instructors to help students have a good learning experience and also providing the opportunity for the graduate students to discover teaching as a potential career.

The course has been a great learning experience for all of us — students taking the course and instructors teaching the course.

We live tweeted during Lauren Gonzalez' class visit via Skype -- one of many live tweeting activities during class.

We live tweeted during Lauren Gonzalez’ class visit via Skype — one of many live tweeting activities during class.

We’ve taught and reinforced the fundamentals of professional media writing — from news stories to news releases to correct grammar. We’ve worked on keeping up with trends in the communications field by adding blogging, Twitter and photography to the course.

I started my first blog — Thoughts on Teaching — to learn about blogging so we could include blogging in the course. I’ve worked on my own blogs and also have become a blogger for other blogs, including the Friends of the Smokies blog.

Together we’ve figured out professional use of Twitter, including being the Twitter Team for the inauguration of President Fuchs.

Anthony Williams and Catherine Dickson joined me in the INC to record a video lecture about news writing.

Anthony Williams and Catherine Dickson joined me in the INC to record a video lecture about news writing for the online version of JOU3109.

Part of my continuing to learn process was creating an online version of Multimedia Writing for UF Online. The course will be offered starting Fall Semester 2016. I really learned a lot through that experience — figuring out how to convert face-to-face activities to online and including more than two dozen former students in the course, including on-site video lectures.

The lab instructors surprised me with a bouquet during the last class, and Rich Shumate created a great video of former student testimonials.

The lab instructors surprised me with a bouquet during the last class, and Rich Shumate created a great video of former student testimonials.

What a great last class day in JOU3109! The lab instructors gave me a lovely bouquet of flowers. Rich Shumate created a great video of testimonials of current and former students. I knew they were up to something, but they definitely surprised me. And then I surprised the class with Hyppo Pops at the end of class.

Thanks to all of you — former students and lab instructors — for our positive learning experience together!

tweetThis will be the last post for this Multimedia Writing blog.

I will continue to be posting for my own blogs — Thoughts on Teaching and Successful Teaching — and for the Friends of the Smokies blog. One of my retirement activities will be hiking, including completing the Hike 100 Challenge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

I will stop tweeting on my @dodd3109 Twitter account. I hope you’ll add me to your Twitter feed with my other account — @profdodd.

My wish for you is that you have a career that is as purposeful and rewarding as my experience at UF and working with you.

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Create (or update) your LinkedIn profile to add to your online presence

LinkedIn blog postYour summer to-do list should include: Create (or update) my LinkedIn profile.

LinkedIn is a great, free social media tool that lets you have an online professional presence.

When we discussed presenting yourself through a portfolio or online website, many in the class said they had LinkedIn profiles. But our brief discussion of LinkedIn, including critiquing a class member’s profile, showed that effective profiles go beyond just typing in the basic info.

Thanks to former students Andrea Carroz (@andrea_carroz) and Erica Hernandez (@EricaAlyssa) for writing three blog posts about developing a LinkedIn profile.

9 steps for creating your LinkedIn profile
3 steps for setting up and utilizing LinkedIn connections
Improve your LinkedIn profile by listing coursework, describing work duties and joining professional groups

My added suggestions:

  • For your professional headline, use descriptive terms rather than job titles. So instead of “Journalism major,” give a description, such as: Environmental writer or Enthusiastic about covering politics or Visual Storyteller.
  • Use an appropriate photo. The photo doesn’t need to be a business suit photo but shouldn’t be a selfie or too casual.
  • If you are interested in adding professors or employers to your connections, be sure to write your own invitation that is sent out by LinkedIn. Don’t use the default invitation, as it’s too informal.
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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. :)

 

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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

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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.

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