Bring your résumé to #JOU3109 lecture for critique — prepare for @UFJSchool Career Day & other opportunities


Be ready for the CJC Career Day, Oct. 21.

We’re helping you prepare for internship and job opportunities by having you develop a résumé and a cover letter for Lab 2 (Aug. 31 – Sept. 4).

In Thursday’s lecture, we’ll have a writers’ workshop — critiquing résumés and cover letters. Please bring your résumé with you so you can critique it during class.

Please use the following resources to help you write the résumé and cover letter:

In writing a cover letter, select a communications-related opportunity.

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Getting ready to start fall semester — #JOU3109 teaching team holds planning meeting

Multimedia Writing team - Fall 2015

The Multimedia Writing team. Front row (left to right) — Dr. Julie Dodd, Hannah Brown and Earlesha Butler. Back row: Karen Dooley, Michael Stone, Steve Waters, Kéran Billaud, Rich Shumate and Karsten Burgstahler.

The Multimedia Writing team is looking forward to meeting you as we start Fall Semester 2015.

The team met in Weimer Hall on Friday to discuss lab assignments and to determine who is teaching which lab section. Check the lab instructor page (click on About tab at top of blog) to learn more about the instructors and to see which instructor is teaching your lab.

Classes at UF start on Monday, Aug. 24.

  • Lab sections will be held all week, starting with 1A00, 1A10 and 1C65, which meet on Monday, Aug. 24
  • Our first lecture is Tuesday, Aug. 25, 12:50 to 1:40 p.m., in 1064 Weimer Hall (Gannett Auditorium).

The course syllabus and lab syllabus are posted on the Documents page. Please make arrangements now to obtain the course textbooks. And I’d encourage you to read the frequently asked questions about the course.

Best wishes for the start of the semester. I’ll see you in lecture on Tuesday.

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Preparing for #JOU3109 for Fall 2015 — purchase your texts to be ready for start of semester

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,  8th editionWriting 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

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 AP Stylebook appstory, 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, 8th editionWhen 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. :)


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Tips for calculating your #JOU3109 grade and for having productive summer

The JOU3109 teaching team for Spring 2015 (left to right): Dr. Julie Dodd, Kéran Billaud, Rich Shumate, Nicki Karimipour, Steve Waters and Earlesha Butler. Photo by Audreyanna Loguerre

The JOU3109 teaching team for Spring 2015 (left to right): Dr. Julie Dodd, Kéran Billaud, Rich Shumate, Nicki Karimipour, Steve Waters and Earlesha Butler. Photo by Audreyanna Loguerre

The JOU3109 teaching team wants to thank each of you for your work in the course this semester.

We know the course has been a challenge in a number of ways, including:

  • Learning a variety of new writing forms — from news stories to Twitter, from news releases to blogging.
  • Having your writing evaluated in a more “intense” way than you have been graded before.
  • Writing on deadline and writing in a group setting.

We also hope that you have seen a number of improvements:

  • Being able to develop interview questions and conduct interviews.
  • Being a better editor of your own writing.
  • Having materials (i.e., résumé, cover letter and portfolio) to help you in seeking out internships and jobs.
  • Having an online presence with Twitter and your blog that shows you know how to use social media in a professional way.

Here’s an update on course grades:

  • Your lecture grade is posted in Canvas.
  • You should pick up your lab grade from your lab instructor.
  • Use the formula in the lecture syllabus (pp. 5-6) to calculate your grade and then determine what letter grade you have earned.
  • Once you receive your grades from UF, contact me if you have a question about your grade.

Summer plans

We’ve heard from quite a few of you that you have internships for the summer. That’s great. I’d also encourage you to:

  • Create or update your LinkedIn profile
  • Keep blogging and tweeting (in a professional) way to add to your online persona.
  • Work on your grammar and AP style skills.

Best wishes for a good summer!

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Create or improve your LinkedIn profile — one of our topics for #JOU3109 lecture on Thursday

LinkedIn.comThis semester as a JOU3109 student, you have taken steps to prepare to apply for an internship for job.

  • You’ve created a résumé.
  • You’ve written a cover letter for a potential communications-related volunteer opportunity or job.
  • You’ve created a paper-based portfolio of your work.
  • You’ve participated in a mock job interview with your lab instructor.

Quite a few of you have told me or your lab instructors that those materials have enabled you to secure a job or internship. That’s great!

One of the next steps you can take to enhance your professional presence is to create a LinkedIn profile. Creating a profile is free and provides you a way to post your résumé and examples of your work.

In lecture on Thursday, I’ll offer some tips for creating your LinkedIn profile and adding to you profile if you’ve already set up an account.

LinkedIn blog postThanks to former students Andrea Carroz and Erica Hernandez for writing three blog posts about developing a LinkedIn profile. I’d encourage you to read these posts before class to help you have a better background on LinkedIn, which will help you in asking me better questions during our discussion.

You can learn more about using LinkedIn by checking out the free tutorials that UF faculty and students can access on, such as Up and Running with LinkedIn (2014). Log on to UF’s e-Learning to access

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