Be ready for Exam Two in #JOU3109 lecture on April 22 — study now; bring pencil with eraser and picture ID to test

Exam Two is on Tuesday, April 22.

  • Please arrive in lecture before 12:50, so you’ll be seated and ready to go.
  • Bring a pencil with an eraser.
  • Bring a picture ID.
  • Pick up a Scantron when you enter the auditorium.
  • Sit every other seat.
  • Turn off and store your cellphone. (Please turn your phone off and not just on vibrate mode.)
  • For the start of the exam, put away your laptop, textbook and notes.

The exam is 53 multiple-choice items — that includes three extra-credit questions. Be sure to use the study advice to help you in reviewing for the exam. exam2_study_advice_S14

If you have at least two other exams on April 22 and want to take the exam at the alternative time on April 24, you must have your request approved in advance by Mr. Riley or me. We had a signup sheet last week in the lectures for students to sign up who had two or more exams and were requesting to take the exam on April 24.

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Get your calculator — Here’s how to calculate your overall grade in #JOU3109

UF will release your grades after the grade deadline, which is Monday, May 5. Here is how you can calculate your own grade in JOU3109:

Lab – You should receive your lab grades from your lab instructor.
* Add Labs 2 -14 scores + Twitter (out of 50)
* Then add the extra credit you’ve earned during the semester:

  • 5 NewsU “Cleaning Your Copy”
  • 15 = 3 practice assgns. (3 x 5 each)
  • 5 (max.) – photo & caption for EHST story
  • 25 (max.) – EHST published
  • 20 (max.) – portfolio interview

* Divide your total number of points by 13.5
That is your lab average.

Lecture grades are posted in Sakai.
Average of best three quiz score

  • Exam 1 + Exam 2 + Quiz average / 3

That is your lecture average

Overall grade for course: lab grade = 75 percent and lecture grade = 25 percent
* lecture avg + (lab avg x 3) = ___ / 4
That is your grade for the course

Overall grade rounded up at .5

Grading Scale (Note that we do not assign minus grades):
A 90-100
B+ 87-89
B 80-86
C+ 77-79
C 70-76
D+ 67-69
D 60-66
E 59 and below

Once you receive your grade, if you think we made an error in calculating your grade, please contact me (Dr. Dodd). Even though we know you are eager to know your grade, please do not contact Mr. Riley or me to tell you your grade, as it would not be fair for us to provide that information to one student and not to everyone — and we can’t take on emailing more than 150 students with their individual grades.


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Create a LinkedIn profile to add to your professional presence

LinkedIn homepageA step you can take to enhance your professional presence is to create a LinkedIn profile. Creating a profile is free and will provide you with an online résumé. If you already have a LinkedIn profile, you should consider how you can improve your profile by adding contacts and including links to your social media.

Thanks to former students Andrea Carroz and Erica Hernandez 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


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April 17 lecture provides tips for your future and directions for calculating your #JOU3109 grade

Snickers barI hope you’ll join me for our last lecture on April 17.

[Our lecture on April 22 will be Exam Two -- exam2_study_advice_S14.]

I’ll explain how to calculate your grade and will offer several strategies for being successful when you take Reporting (JOU3101) and Multimedia Reporting (JOU3346L).

I’ll provide tips for thinking about your future and will tell the story of how two Snickers bars helped me move into a management position — and how you need to be ready for such opportunities.

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News-feature writing and AP style are the focus of Tuesday’s #JOU3109 lecture — gain 5 points of extra credit and prepare for Lab 14

We’re using Lab 14 and the lecture on Tuesday, April 14, to help you get into the mindset for Reporting — writing a news-feature story and considering AP style issues.

2013_APSTYLEBOOK_COVERBe sure to take the opportunity to practice with the extra-credit news-feature story. Use the information provided on this handout to write a news-feature. Bring two typed copies of the story to lecture. You’ll hand in one copy and use the other for an in-class critique. Here is the handout – lab 14 extra-credit fact sheet

Reread the soft lead section of Chapter 7 and practice writing several different kinds of soft leads for the story.

Write a headline that has SEO potential.

What are the AP style issues contained in the story?

Bring your AP Stylebook to lecture for a scavenger hunt on AP style issues.

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