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.
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:
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!
IF YOU ARE LIZA’S STUDENTS — PLEASE READ THIS ASAP
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com 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:
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.
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.
- 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.
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.