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Assignments, Summer 20102 Comms239

Assignments, Summer 20102 Comms239

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Assignments, Fall 2010Beginning Sept. 16 your blog entries will be graded. You will be asked to blogabout the following:• The assigned reading (your thoughts--do you agree or disagree?)• The group presentation pertaining to that assigned reading (we may askfor your thoughts, whether you agree or disagree, or give you a specific issueto address or question to answer)• Current media developments (you will want to keep an eye on new stories(via
New York Times
, web pages, Twitter) regarding journalism, media, andnew media, then comment on those developments). The due dates for these blog entries are listed in the class schedule as "BlogAssignment"; there are 11 of them.For each of these due dates you will be required to print the blog entriespertaining to that due date and bring it to class.Late assignments will not be accepted. These blog entries will be graded by the group that gave the presentationyou wrote about.Assignment No. 1Create a blog… Your assignment is to create a blog on Blogger and send the URL to Prof.Campbell. On your new blogpost your thoughts from the first two classes on“What is journalism?” and “Who is a journalist?”Assignment 2Write about the subject of “ What is journalism for?” discussed in class.Please write definition. What is the role of journalism in society?Assignment 3Write about the subject of New Media and The Future of News discussed inclass today How do you think social media is affecting and will affect thedelivery of news and information? How do you think social media changesthe role of a reporter? Do you believe there will still be a need for journalistseven if the delivery platforms change or go away (i.e. newspaper)? Why orwhy not? Point to and (and link to) any examples to illustrate your thoughts.Can bloggers replace traditional journalists? You can comment on any of the ideas presented in class and/or in theassignedreading. What do you agree or not agree with? Why?
 
Assignment 4 Your assignment is to write on the subject presented in class today
:
 Truthand journalism and Presses and Democracy. You may consider journalistic truth and explore your thoughts on it: what isit, what isnʼtit? Point to (and link to) any examples to illustrate your thoughts.What do you think are the weaknesses and strengths of different mediasystems around the world? What about the U.S. media system? You can comment on any of the ideas presented in class and/or in theassignedreading. What do you agree or not agree with? Why?Print out our blog entry (make sure your name is on it) and bring it to class.
 Assignment 5
 Your assignment is to write on the subject presented in class today : Loyalty& Journalism and historical underpinnings. You may consider loyalty as an element of journalism and explore yourthoughts on it:what is it, what isn’t it? Point to (and link to) any examples to illustrate yourthoughts.Write briefly about how historical media structures and methods influencetoday’s practice of journalism. You can comment on any of the ideas presented in class and/or in theassignedreading. What do you agree or not agree with? Why?Print out your blog entry (make sure your name is on it) and bring it to class.
 Assignment 6
 Your assignment is to write on the subject presented in class today: Theprofession. Journalism has been likened to a professional priesthood. Whatdoes that mean? Do you agree or disagree? Also, how does the journalists’world view differ from that of the average person, if at all? Provide examples. You can comment on any of the ideas presented in class and/or in theassignedreading. What do you agree or not agree with? Why?Print out your blog entry (make sure your name is on it) and bring it to class.
 Assignment 7
 Your assignment is to write on the subject presented in class today : Thediscipline of verification and the functions of press in a democracy.How is journalism of verification different from journalism of assertion? Howdoes thisdiscipline affect journalistic bias? What is the place of transparency? Why dotheauthors say journalists need to practice intellectual humility?
 
How can the media best serve democracy? Examine at least one of theseideas: agenda setter role, watchdog role, informational role and/ordemocratic role. You can comment on any of the ideas presented in class and/or in theassignedreading. What do you agree or not agree with? Why?Print out your blog entry (make sure you name is on it) and bring it to class.
 Assignment 8
 Your assignment is to write on the subject presented in class today (July 15):independence and journalism. You may consider journalistic independence and explore your thoughts on it:what is it,what isn’t it, why is it necessary? Point to (and link to) any examples toillustrate yourthoughts. You can comment on any of the ideas presented in class and/or in theassignedreading. What do you agree or not agree with? Why?Print out our blog entry (make sure your name is on it) and bring it to class.
 Assignment 9
 Your assignment is to write on the subject presented in class today: Ideologyand the journalist as well as watchdog journalism. You may consider ideology’s role in journalism and explore your thoughts onit: what isit, what isn’t it, why is it necessary? Point to (and link to) any examples toillustrate yourthoughts.How have recent cutbacks in the news industry hurt watchdog journalism?What are some ideas for journalism to compensate?What is the place of investigative journalism? How is the watchdog principlemisunderstood? Provide examples. You can comment on any of the ideas presented in class and/or in theassignedreading. What do you agree or not agree with? Why?Print out our blog entry (make sure your name is on it) and bring it to class.
 Assignment 10
 Your assignment is to write on the subject presented in class today ethicsand diversity and public forum.What are some of the greatest ethical challengThises journalists face? Whatsurprised you about some of the principles in the SPJ/RTNDA Code of Ethics?What are some of the principles you would like to adopt for your personalcode of conduct?

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