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Final Grades Are In

1165 Fall 2018,

The grades are in so once they are available on CUNYFirst, you should be able to access them. Remember, before you question your grade, look at your work. I was quite fair. Probably too fair.

I have final papers to grade and then a small vacation so if you do have an issue with your grade, I will respond sometime after the new year. Please be patient.

I wish you all success, a great end of year, and an incredible 2019.

Lastly, if you want to unsubscribe to the blog, please feel free to do so on your own.


Professor Dunphy



1165 Blog Grades Fall 2018

Hi Class,

Hope you are studying for finals. I’ll see you on Thursday for our final exam. Remember to bring a #2 pencil, etc.

Please read this entire post.

All the blogs SHOULD be finished by Thursday but starting tomorrow students who had Brittany, Stephanie, and Jessica can email requesting your blog grade. I am about to begin Magdalena’s so please be patient with that, she doesn’t have the grades yet. I may end up just giving you the grade with the comments.

The blog grade is on a 1-30 scale. If you wonder what it works out to… take 100/30 = 3.33 x your score. So, if you received a 27 out of 30 x 3.333 = 90 or an A.

If you missed a blog/lateness/under word count etc, you were dropped a few points, the less you did, the more points were taken off. There were 10 blogs in total so if you missed 3, you missed 30% of the work plus two late posts. This hurts the grade quite a bit.

As you can see I read them, and comment on each of them with some detail.

Most did well, and I was very happy with the overall work.

Here are some (not all) well done blogs. Look at them and see what they did vs what you did. The work is not perfect but all did a solid job.

A few things that showed up throughout:

It’s spelled Michael not Micheal. A bunch of you did that. Spelling errors as well. I can’t understand that one.

Writing — a visit to the writing/learning center is not a bad idea.

A lot of you questioned Roxy punching Michael… but I think it was one of the most important aspects of the show. It was the moment that led to Roxy/Austin breaking up as a team, the protests, etc. If she just talked to Michael or yelled, it wouldn’t have started the chain reaction for episodes 4, 5, and 6. You’re also expecting someone to act rationally in that situation… easier said than done.

Shorter season = less other things. Some criticized seasons 1 & 2 for doing too much then wanted more supporting elements in season 3. Per example: Seeing Michael and Valerie or Emily & her parents. While that’s fine, this is not what the show is about. The focus was Roxy/Austin. If we had those scenes, it wouldn’t add to the show, and probably ends up on the cutting room floor. Also, we have limitations on what we can shoot for time. We had 12 shooting days and 65 pages. That’s not easy.

There’s so much more but you get the point.

I believe the blog grades are more than fair. Of course there are 130 of you, so if one or two of you believe the grade is wrong, that’s 98% accuracy. I’ll take it. If you have an issue with the grade — look at those blogs before questioning the score. Look at what you missed, didn’t do, and see I was probably MORE than fair with the score.

As a gift for making it this far– here are the powerpoints — do not just study these. But maybe they will help as a guide.





See you all on Thursday.


Professor Dunphy

Final Exam Chapters & Information – Fall 2018

Hi Everyone,

Two more classes to go!!! Media Law and Media Ethics to finish the semester, plus your final blog on Tuesday. Check the previous post for that information.

Your final exam details:

Thursday, December 20th 1-3pm in our room.

#2 pencil please. Same deal as before.

100 questions. Multiple choice and Matching. NO more true & false.

Chapters: Evolving News (Chapter 11), PR (Chapter 12), Media Law & Ethics (Chapters 14 & 15)

I will consider supplying the powerpoint slides.

See you tomorrow. Have a good one.


Professor Dunphy

Final Blog Post – Tuesday, Dec 11

Hi Everyone,

This is the information for your final blog post of the semester. I sent out the next few class readings in the previous post. Please read them.

Your TA has given you pointers and advice throughout the semester. The hope is you have improved from blog one to blog ten.

Your TA has kept track of your blogs from missed ones, lateness, word count, effort, extra credits and all in between. They will send me an assessment giving me all the information I need to know.

I read your final blog, look at the overall blog, and give the score on a 1-30 scale. The blog is 30% of your grade so that’s how this works. I will respond to each and every one of you either via email or comment on your blog.

The rubric is as follows:

27-30/ 90 and above
Student did all the work, on time, no missing elements. Went above what was required and/or showed improvement throughout semester. Put in the effort that deserves an A in this section… Possibly TA-worthy.

24-26/ 80-87
Student did most of the work with a few blemishes such as lateness or missing required elements… the final post not being up to A standards. But did well.

20-24/ 66-77
Student missed posts/elements/lateness/word count but did enough to pass but was average throughout the semester…

Below 19
Missed several posts, late, and barely did the required work. Final post may or may not have been done. Missed too many posts regardless of final post.


Onto the final blog post:

No blogs will be accepted after 2:00pm on Tuesday, December 11th. Hit your deadline.

Everyone will watch all 6 episodes from Unproductive Season 3.

Word Count: 1500 minimum with a 2500 word max. Please stay within the word count. And don’t miss the word count either.

What To Write About:

All should have a few sources, so make sure you do that.

You have several options here and there’s a level of difficulty attached to each.

Most Difficult – Option 1 – You can write whatever you want for the final post regarding season 3. Sources are needed.

Option 2

Using all you’ve learned this semester from class 1 to class 26. Discuss the third season, and the issues that come up throughout the season. Go into detail with the issues, using sources.

Option 3

Compare and contrast the seasons, characters, issues that are involved in each season. Use sources to discuss them.

Option 4

A combo of all of the above.

Sources can range from Rodman’s book to articles written about the issues discussed to films, etc.

As always, I do not need to know the sound is bad in episode 3, scene 2… etc etc.

I look forward to discussing the season with you on the last day of class.

Hope you enjoy the season.

Best, and have a great weekend!

Professor Dunphy

1165 – Tuesday 12/4 & Thursday 12/6

Hey Everyone,

See you tomorrow but getting you situated for next week’s classes.

Tuesday 12/4: You will read the advertising chapter and PR chapter.

No blogs are due as your final one is due on Tuesday, December 11th. A separate blog will follow on the details.

Thursday 12/6: Media Law chapter

Tuesday 12/11: Media Ethics chapter

Some Notes:

Extra Credits due by Tuesday, December 4th before class. No exceptions.

Final Exam: Thursday, December 20th 1:00-3:00pm

100 questions. #2 pencil. Same deal as before.

I’m debating on a study guide or something… we will see.

Everyone will receive their blog grades by the final exam. If you look at your stuff, you will know where you stand with Exams 1 & 2, the blog, attendance. So, you will know what you need to get that A or hopefully an A+… or a passing grade.

The Evolving News chapter, Media Law, Media Ethics chapters will definitely be on the final exam. I may put Advertising and PR on there as well but I am giving a quiz on them on Tuesday, so who knows.

See ya tomorrow!


Professor Dunphy

Exam Update

Hey All,

I just picked up the exams, and… well… I’d do extra credit. Like almost all of you. Seats for tonight can be counted as an extra credit. At least it’s a start to salvaging your grade.

We will discuss on Thursday but obviously studying is not a priority for most of you. But being on your cell phones during class is.

Professor Dunphy


Link for Blog – Thurs 11/29

Hi Again,

Because I’m in a good mood — in case you didn’t click the link:

Look back for the required work.

See ya tomorrow!