Instead of a full-fledged blog portfolio (in the manner of Portfolios 1-3), this assignment gives you the option instead to post a single reflective blog entry. (You may choose a normal portfolio, but if you do, please ensure that your cover blog entry provides the information I’m requesting below. Feel free to ask me for clarification.)
Format: Use the “Blog Me” button to create, on your blog, a new entry; using Kershner 36 as your launching point, identify the one homework assignment, the one in-class activity, and the one online activity that you found most helpful in your achievement of the goals of EL227.
Length: About 250 words, broken up into several short paragraphs, with links (as appropriate).
Content: In addition to making specific references to Kershner 36, please make specific reference to several of the key points mentioned in the syllabus; for your convenience, I have reproduced the appropriate section of the syllabus below.
As a student in this course, you receive my guidance and feedback, as you work your way towards these specific objectives.
- Learn how to gather news and report it through writing.
- Develop an appreciation for how the news educates the public (which includes you).
- Demonstrate the ability to identify, comprehend, and analyze current events (as reported in the news).
- Examine the role of the journalist in a democratic society.
- Identify and embrace depth, balance, transparency, and accountability in news coverage.
- Identify and reject shallowness, bias, opacity, and elitism in news coverage.
- Demonstrate the ability to follow the grammatical and stylistic conventions of writing, according to the Associated Press Stylebook.
- Meet deadlines while producing quality work for a general readership.
- Contribute actively to a positive learning environment.
To achieve these objectives, you will develop your ability to write fair and balanced accounts of important issues, while at the same time cultivating a healthy skepticism of the material widely published as “news.”
The course is intended to help you achieve the following outcomes:
- demonstrate a thorough familiarity with the conventions of journalism (as presented via reputable publications, as spoofed in The Onion, and as presented in your own work)
- speak and write knowledgeably about important issues in journalism and how they interact with the culture at large
- accurately assess the credibility of a potential source (such as a web page, a press release, or an anonymous tip)
- exhibit communications skills and research methods which adhere to the standards and conventions of contemporary journalistic practice