News Writing (EL 227)


29 Aug 2005

EL 227 Homework Reminder

I was happy to see all of you (some of you for the first time) in class this morning. I look forward to a stimulating class.

You can find the course website by clicking this link:

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/DennisJerz/EL227

The easiest way to use the course website is to begin with the "Outline"

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/DennisJerz/EL227/outline/

Just click on the day devoted to a particular class meeting, and you'll find a list of all the assigned readings, due dates, and class topics scheduled for that day. Here's the link to the first class:

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/DennisJerz/EL227/2005/08/29

Note that the last part of the URL is the year, month, and date. You can go directly to a date by typing it in the URL, or you can click on the calendar.

I won't do this for every class, but here's a reminder of what's due for Wednesday.

First of all, here's is the link to the web page that shows all of Wednesday's entries:

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/DennisJerz/EL227/2005/08/31

1) On Tuesday (tomorrow), watch WTAE Channel 4 local news at 5, 6, or 11. See more details on this page:

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/DennisJerz/EL227/010252.php

2) Also on Tuesday (tomorrow), pick up a copy of the Tribune-Review (free copies are outside the cafeteria; an issue is always on reserve in the library; and they are also easily purchased all over town). I'm asking you to pay attention to certain sections. More details are here:

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/DennisJerz/EL227/010253.php

3) Write Exercise 1. First, jot down a list of ways that the TV news, the print version of the newspaper, and the online version of The Tribune-Review differ. Choose one of those differences, and write a 400-word essay on it. (There were some missing words in the printed description of "Ex 1: Media Analysis" that I handed out this morning... I've corrected the oversight now.) Important details are available on the website for instance, I want you to bring two copies. I'm not to repeat all the instructions in this e-mail, so be sure to check the website:

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/DennisJerz/EL227/010254.php

4) Read up to page 28 of The Reporter's Notebook. [Note: I mistakenly called it "The Reporter's Handbook" in my e-mail. Sorry. --DGJ] It's a very quick read, and Im asking you to fill in some of the blanks in the book. More details are available on this page:

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/DennisJerz/EL227/010255.php


If you have any questions, please feel free to post them directly on the course website, or reply to this e-mail.

As I said in class, you will all receive individual weblogs before long. If you've never blogged before, don't worry -- plenty of people in this class are experienced bloggers, and I'll have a set of step-by-step instructions to follow.

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