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Spring 2019 – Final Grades

Hello 1165,

I just wanted to give you a head’s up that your final grades are in… I was generous as always but not generous where the grades mean nothing.

I’m taking a few days off so if you have questions, please be patient when emailing me about your grade, the class or anything else.

If you do not want to remain part of the class blog, please unsubscribe. I cannot do it for you…

Lastly, I hope you enjoyed the work as much as I love teaching it. I hope you learned something, you were moved by something, or changed in some way. Whatever it was — my hope is you got something from the work.

Have a great summer and best to all of you.

Professor Dunphy


Best Blogs Spring 2019

Hi Again Everyone,

A large portion of you have received your grade for the blog assignment. It’s based on a 1-30 scale… so take your score and multiply by 3.333. If you received a 23.5, that’s about a 78. A 27 is a 90 and a 15 is a 50.

In case you were wondering why you received (or will receive) the grade you did take a look at this short list of high scoring blogs. While far from perfect, do a quick compare and contrast to yours, and you’ll see why they earned higher marks than you did.

Just because you’re not on the list doesn’t mean you did not do well…

Here are some:



Professor Dunphy

Final Grades & Blog Status

Hello 1165,

Congrats on finishing the course — I hope you enjoyed it as much as I loved teaching it.

I haven’t received all of the blog addresses from some of your classmates, so I can’t finish the blog grades and final grades until then. I emailed each one and now I’m just waiting for them.

I am hoping to finish the blogs today but the final grades will not be in till after the weekend.

Just wanted to give you that update.

Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!

Professor Dunphy



I sent this email to the email you have registered through BC. You may have received it, you may not have. Please respond so I can grade your blog.

Do not respond on the blog – email and so we can handle the situation.

ONCE AGAIN – THIS IS FOR LIZA’S STUDENTS ONLY. If you received responses from Medina throughout the semester this does not apply to you.

Dear Liza’s Students:

First and foremost, I want to apologize for the TA’s responses to your blogs this semester. This assignment depends on the TA being active and letting you know how you are doing during the semester. I was aware there were issues but the TA promised things would be handled. However, a large majority of you did not receive adequate responses. This is unacceptable to me and I will remedy this.
I’ve never encountered this situation before so I am sorry this happened. I put my trust in responsible students but sometimes things go array. Sadly, this is one of those times.
What I plan to do:
Please respond to this email by hitting REPLY all to myself and Medina, INCLUDE the link to your wordpress blog.
Medina the ta –
Step 1 – # of blogs done:
We will tally your blogs and make sure they were done by the due date.
Step 2 – How I plan to grade:
I cannot look at each post, grade them, and go from there… instead, I will grade on a curve while factoring in the lack of responses.
— You will still be graded on a 1-30 scale.
— Each blog completed on time will count for full points
— Each missing blog will count for less than usual vs those who had Medina as their TA.
— I will factor all the issues this semester into your final score, hence the “curve.”
If you didn’t do the work — this situation doesn’t apply to you. If you didn’t do a majority of the work that has everything to do with you and nothing to do with the TA’s performance.
However, if you want to be graded — send in the wordpress link.
Step 3 – Grading
I will make comments on the final blog via email.
Once again, I am sorry this happened.
I plan to have these all done by Tuesday/Wednesday of next week.
Professor Dunphy

Mass Media Final Spring 2019

Hi Everyone,

Congrats on finishing the class — I will start responding to blogs today. My hope but no promises is to finish by the time your final exam comes around.

Speaking of final exams:

Monday, May 20th 10:30am-12:30pm in our room.

Chapters: 11, 12, 14 & 15

100 Questions – multiple choice and matching

#2 Pencil, etc etc.

Everything from the chapters is fair game.

Good luck studying.

As a “gift” here are the slides — do not just study the slides but a student asked and I was feeling generous.






Professor Dunphy

Final Blog Spring 2019

Hello Again 1165,

As promised here is the information on the final blog. I mentioned in class, this is the one I grade and comment on, though you are assessed for all the work you did this semester. You will receive an email or comment on your blog, your grade will follow shortly thereafter.

The final blog is worth around 15 points out of the 30 points for this section.

The Blog Post is due on MONDAY, MAY 13th before 12:30pm

You have TWO options for the final blog assignment:

Option 1: Create your own final blog assignment, with research.

Word Count: 1500-2000

You do not need permission but make sure your blog post is MASS MEDIA related.

Cannot be a straight opinion piece, nor a simple review of any kind.

At least 4+ sources are required, use Rodman’s text.

Use your best judgment on what is an adequate final post, DO NOT do something  easy or trite. Do the work. Earn the points.

Think about it before committing to it.

If you’re struggling to figure out what to do, go with…

Option 2: Take any previous post and expand on it.

DO NOT COPY & PASTE the previous post. Put the link to the previous post in your post so I can look back on it. This is required.

Word Count: 1500-2000

At least 3+ sources are required, use Rodman’s text.

Possible Ideas:

  • Interact with the previous post — did you opinion or outlook change? Do you feel differently? Are there elements you would like to dig deeper into? Improve on the piece.
  • Reflect on your work
    • Did you learn something or through research you do not agree with what you wrote?
  • Combine different aspects from different blogs if you like, and react to them. Add to them.
    • After watching Talk Radio, Pump Up the Volume and Unproductive Seasons 3 & 4 discuss the main characters… you see what I mean. This could be option 1 as well.

Why this kind of post: 

I spoke about the blogger Andrew Sullivan who was an Iraq War supporter and would constantly blog about the war. As the war continued, his opinion changed, his views were altered because of the disastrous decisions made by the Bush campaign. After awhile he looked back on the original posts and reacted to his writing. It was astounding to see someone reconcile with being so wrong and understanding why he was so wrong. He’s been wrong since, and has done the same thing. It’s how I feel about my book, Satire’s Brew. In it I praised the emergence of the 5th estate (the bloggers, twitter, other forms not in the journalism field) and now I see the flaws in the theory. This came with time but has reshaped my point of view.

OK! That’s it. This is the first time I’m doing this so we will discuss it on Monday because I know some of you will have questions.

Oh and if you’re still here, I’m giving a quiz on advertising on Monday too.

Best, and have a great week.

Professor Dunphy



Week 13 & Week 14 – Spring 19

Hi Everyone,

Only two more classes left in the semester.

Please read Rodman’s Advertising and PR chapters for Week 13. As I said before, this is the final week for extra credit. Some of you should consider using the opportunity….

Remember, you have to earn the extra credit. I’ve mentioned so many over the entire semester. And no, Avengers: Endgame doesn’t count. Nor does Game of Thrones.

For Week 14:

Please read Rodman’s Media Law & Media Ethics chapters.

Your final blog post will be due this week. Those details will be in a follow-up post.


Professor Dunphy