Recap of Week 1, Spring 2015

The class has met twice so far. Here are some important things to keep in mind.

Winter Is Coming

First of all, PLEASE STAY WARM!

ATTENDANCE COUNTS, starting Tuesday, Jan. 13. Nothing was lost if you missed class on Jan. 6 or 8, but from now on, you will lose points when you come late or you miss class.

You really need to check the Course Schedule page once a week. Assigned readings and due dates for homework are posted there. I might not remind you when you have a deadline, and it’s your responsibility to hand in all assigned work on time. Late work will not be accepted.

I expect you to know everything that is written in the Syllabus, so please read it carefully.

Please be sure to read ALL of the assigned readings BEFORE class on Tuesday. Find them on the Course Schedule page under Week 2.

NEWSROOM SHIFTS will start on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Details about shifts will be discussed in class next week.

TWITTER SCAVENGER HUNT: This is worth 10 percent of your course grade, so please check your calendars and the assignment itself (there’s a link on the Course Schedule page under Week 3) to make sure you are well prepared to do a good job. More about this next week in class.


Week of Nov. 17–21 and week of Thanksgiving

This week, follow what the syllabus says, and complete your readings before class on Tuesday. You might find these readings a bit unexpected. It’s a fairly new topic in journalism.

On Thursday, Nov. 20, we will have three student presentations. Please practice and time your presentation so you don’t exceed 15 minutes, okay?

Next week, we have class as usual on Tuesday, Nov. 25. The Monday and Tuesday shifts will also be as usual. Students who have shifts on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, of course, will not come in Nov. 26, 27 and 28.

Course Schedule changes

Today I updated the Course Schedule pretty thoroughly. All the dates for your presentations AND the Nick Kristof assignment stay the same. Some readings and topics have been moved around. I did manage to eliminate one more assignment. (You’re welcome!)

Remember to check the grid for your assigned dates. If you have any questions about the exact date when YOUR presentation or YOUR Kristof assignment is due, either email me or post a reply to this post and ask me. First, read the assignment instructions closely. I think your exact date will be clear to you if you do that.

The date at the top of a grid column is the date of Monday in that week. This should not be too hard to figure out!

Something you should look ahead to: Your LIVE TWEETING (or live blogging) assignment. I have given you a long time frame for this (Oct. 30–Nov. 17) because I want you to choose an event you are interested in. Even though there are blocks on the grid for this assignment, we will not put any of your names into the blocks. You can just pick an event during that time frame and cover it — live!

There is one important rule for the live tweeting assignment, and that is, you MUST send me advance notice of the event you are going to cover. I want to follow your tweets live! So do not wait until the day of the event to email details to me. That also gives me veto power in case you chose an unworthy event. For example, you cannot live tweet any sports. Sorry, but no.

Next up, week of Sept. 1

Monday is Labor Day. No school, no shifts.

I am still hoping someone will drop/add and change his/her shift to Tuesdays (section 03DG).

Shifts: We’ll discuss briefly in class on Tuesday. Shifts this week ONLY will be half-length, 10:40 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. with NO BREAK. Starting Monday, Sept. 8, full-length shifts, always. 

PLEASE complete the form I sent to you (a link to the form is in an email I sent Tuesday morning, Aug. 26). If you lost it, email me, and I’ll send you the link.

Tuesday’s class: Read all the assigned stuff before class, and write down what you’ve learned from it. If you don’t write it, will you remember it? No? So write it.

Twitter Scavenger Hunt: Sept. 4–7 activities. Read the assignment! Start thinking! But DO NOT do any of the tasks until after 10:40 a.m. on Sept. 4. Tweets sent before that time will NOT count. 

Twitter analytics: What I showed in class. How cool it is: TechCrunch article.

How many of your followers on Twitter are fake? Find out (as seen in class).

Things to do before Thursday

So we’ve had our first class meeting, and we will meet again on Thursday morning.

Before then, you should read the Required Work page and make sure you’re comfortable with the structure of the class and the assignments. Questions? You can reply to this post if you like, or email me privately, or ask in class.

The first assignment due will be the Twitter Scavenger Hunt — as I mentioned in class, you’ll need to be in Gainesville and have a good chunk of free time Sept. 4–7 to complete this assignment. You must NOT do any of the tasks before the end of class on Sept. 4! I want all the tweeting, retweeting and replies to happen only on those four days: Sept 4–7. Reason: You’ll be checking your colleagues’ tweets during the same time.

The Course Schedule is almost complete, but I’m still working out some of the readings. Deadlines for assignments are all there now.

The following can be found only on the Syllabus:

  • Course objectives
  • Academic dishonesty policy
  • Students with disabilities information
  • Course deadlines and makeup work policy
  • Grade scale for this course
  • Course evaluations information

On Thursday we’ll discuss whether you should start a new Twitter account for use in this course, or use one you already have (if possible, you should use one you already have, but there will be some exceptions). One important thing is to use your real name. That is a professional MUST DO. 

Please complete the form I sent to you (a link to the form is in an email I sent Tuesday morning). Check your Gatorlink email once a day to stay on top of communications from your professors.