Blogging means offering people an original piece of reporting or it could meanlinking to an article, photo, video or other relevant piece of online information youfound interesting and giving it some context. What cannot be is just your opinion — so no partisan political polemics, please. Spelling and factual errors will deduct fromyour grade. Grading standards are outlined below. Also, once you pick a topic youhave to stick with it until the semester is over. And hey, maybe keep it going after you graduate.
— Stories: 75 percent of grade, or 12.5 percent each
Over the course of the semester you will be required to propose, report and create fiveoriginal stories that relate to the class topic using a variety of online tools. They willbe published on your blog and, if your able to set it up, another publication such asthe Nevada Sagebrush or another media outlet. At the end of the semester you will berequired to develop a 10-minute group presentation with two other classmates. Theassignments will be required in this order:1.
Live blog an event (Due by March 9)2.
Create a click through slide show with copy (Due Feb. 23)3.
Record an audio story or podcast (Due March 23)4.
Create a visual story by using of data (Due April 4)5.
Create a video story and upload it to Youtube (Due April 6)6.
Participate in a 10-minute group presentation addressing this question: Isjournalism still relevant? Why or why not? (Due week of April 25)A story must be turned in on each assigned due date. Late work will not be accepted andwill result in an automatic 0 percent for that particular story unless there is a pre-approved or verifiable and acceptable reason for the missed deadline. Over the course of the semester the class will include “budget meetings” where the class will discuss storyideas and reporting ideas. Along the way there will be occasional progress reports onstories and your blog, too.The 10-minute group presentation can be presented with any online tool of your choosing, through a survey of compelling websites, with just plain, old PowerPoint or acombination of all of them. Just be creative. Your task is to develop a thesis and ananswer, supported by at least three sources, to the question: Is journalism still relevant?Why or why not?
— Quizzes: 12.5 percent
You will be given five in-class quizzes over the course of the semester that will testyou on your knowledge of AP style, video editing, HTML editing, social media termsand photo editing. They are worth 2.5 percent each and are scheduled in the datesbelow.