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Final Grades Fall 2019

Hello 1165,

The grades have been sent in, not sure when they post. If you want to unsubscribe to this class blog – please do so. I can’t do it for you.

The grades:

If you believe you received the grade in error, please email me at

I am usually generous with the grades but sometimes things happen, book-keeping errors can be made.

To figure out your final exam grade…

Add up your first 2 exams, blog score and there’s an extra ten points for attendance/lateness/cell phone use/participation, etc… so if you’re someone who used their phone or was absent or late a lot… you probably didn’t get much of those 10 points.

Then take the total number and you can figure out what you needed to receive whatever you did.


Final Grade = B+ (87-89 range) You received a total of 87 out of 100 points.

Exam 1 (15) & 2 (20) = 30 out of 35 total points

Blog Work = 27 out of 30 points

Attendance/Lateness/etc = 8 out of 10 points

Total = 65 out of 75 points so far

Estimate the Final Exam: Worth 25 points, 87 (final total points/grade) – 65 (what you have so far before final exam) = 22 out of 25 points, so you received an 88 for the final exam…

Add: 30+27+8+22= 87

Final Grade = B+ (87-89 range) You received a total of 87 out of 100 points.

Have a great break and good luck in Brooklyn College!


Professor Dunphy


Blog Grades 1165 F2019

Hi 1165,

You will receive one more message from me — when the final grades are in and then a quick goodbye. My hope is before the holidays begin but make no promises.

I finished all the blogs (unless I missed you, please email me at and I wanted to send some info out.

Please before you message me with inquiries on why you scored what you did (multiply your score by 3.333 to know what you got out of 100) look at the rubric (sent awhile ago) and the “Best Blogs” of the class.

The best blogs: All have flaws -but they did all the requirements and more. Some are better than others but before you question what you got, take a read. You’ll understand pretty quickly why you got what you did. Also, not every blog that received a high score is up here.

Congrats to those who are on this list and those who did well on the blog portion of the course.


Professor Dunphy


Best Blogs Fall 2019:

Final Exam Reminder 12/16 10:30-12:30pm

Hi 1165,

I’m hard at work on the blogs — I may finish them by Monday but it’s 50/50 at the moment. The blog assignment grade is out of 30. So if you received a 24 x 3.333 = 80. If you received a 27 = 90… if you received a 21 = 70, etc etc.

The exam!

Chapters: NEWS, MEDIA LAW & MEDIA ETHICS — 3 chapters. 100 questions. Matching and Multiple Choice.

Bring a #2 pencil.

Date & TIME:

Monday, December 16th from 10:30am-12:30pm in Room 222 Whitehead. 

Please make sure you show up to the correct room.

See you on Monday!

Good luck studying.

Professor Dunphy

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1165 Fall 2019 Final Exam Info

Hi Everyone,

I made it home in 3 1/2 hours on Monday! Not bad! Ha. It was awful.

This Monday your final blog post is due. The details were sent out and explained in class on Monday.

I will begin grading on Monday night/Tuesday AM. My hope is to finish by your final exam but I do not make any promises. There are 90+ of you, if I average 25+ per day, that’s 4 days. That’s possible but not easy.

If you are wondering about how you’ll be scored, below is the rubric.


Your Final Exam is on Monday, December 16th from 10:30-12:30pm in Whitehead 222. Different time, different room! I was just made aware of this switch.

If there is a conflict — email me at ASAP

The exam is the same — #2 pencil, scantron, etc.

100 Questions total. Multiple Choice and Matching. No true/false.

The chapters: Chapter 11 – News (we’ll discuss more on Monday) and Chapters 14 & 15 Media Law & Media Ethics. We will cover as much as we can on Monday. That’s it. 3 chapters for a 100 questions. That works out to 33 questions per chapter so KNOW these chapters and you should be more than fine.

Good luck studying!

Here’s that rubric:

Blog Rubric 1165

How the blog score is reached:

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…

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

Figure that one missed post = 2 points but more posts missed = more points off.

20-23+/ 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.

That’s about it!

Have a great weekend and see you for our final class on Monday!


Professor Dunphy

1165 Fall 2019 Final Blog Post

Hello Again!

This is the information for your final blog post. Please read it in full.

The final blog is due on Monday, December 9th before 12:30pm. You will receive comments before the final exam on Monday, December 16th — no promises.

The Final Post:

You have two options, please see below and do the one that interests you most. You do not need pre-approval, you just choose.

Word Count: 1500-2000

Option #1:

Look back on a previous blog post and improve on it significantly. Take a different argument, or look at the post, and maybe disagree/agree with it but expand. Or take a completely new approach to the assignment.

DO NOT COPY and PASTE what you wrote. That will be an easy F.

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 Pump Up the Volume and Unproductive Seasons 3 & 4 discuss the main characters… you see what I mean.

Why this kind of post: 

I will mention 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.

Option #2:

What is going on with Sascha Baron Cohen (Borat, Ali G, Who is America) and tech companies?

Watch the speech he gave to the ADL, read the Washington Post op-ed he wrote… look at the online reactions to what he wrote/said — including Facebook’s reaction. Plenty of people had things to say!

Do NOT summarize what happened here or what he said — engage with the work, the reactions, and your personal feelings towards it.

Try to “go down the rabbit hole” and see various POVs, relate it to previous posts you worked on.

These are your options, choose wisely!

Good luck and I am excited to read them!


Professor Dunphy

Monday, Dec 2nd & Dec 9th 1165 – Classwork

Hi Everyone,

Hope you enjoyed our guest speaker yesterday. She’s pretty great, at least, I believe so. Her story is special to me because I know her so well. Btw, there’s no email proof of my meanness, it may have been my response in class. But look at her now!

This information is ONLY for the readings for our last two classes:

Your extra credits are due by Monday, Dec 2nd, week 13. None will be accepted after that day.

Monday, December 2nd, please read Rodman’s Evolving News chapter. It’s before the PR/AD chapters.

Also, please read the two articles below:

We will discuss Good Night, & Good Luck and The Most Dangerous Man in America.

Monday, December 9th

Please read Media Law & Media Ethics chapters — these will definitely be on the exam! You’ll read them and see why the exams are not cumulative.

Monday, December 16th

Final Exam 1:00-3:00pm, same room. Chapters TBD.

Another post to follow with your final blog assignment.


Professor Dunphy



1165 F19 – Monday, 11/25

Hi All,

You will receive your exam grade at the end of our next class.

If your TA hasn’t responded to your latest set of blog posts (some not all) by Friday, November 22nd, please let me know at

For 11/25:

We will have a guest speaker — be on time + no cell phone use. I’ve said it enough for you to know.

Readings: Please read the two Rodman chapters on PR and Advertising

Blog Assignment: Due Monday 11/25

Watch the TWO films and write a review of ONE (do both for extra credit) — NOT a summary of them. Summary = fail

I may do a quiz on both films so watch both.

Use all you’ve learned over these past few months to really write this blog post. What makes a good post– what do you need to do, what elements need to be in there… what questions should you ask and answer? What should be discussed? Should you do research? Use sources?

This is the last one BEFORE the final one so you should  be operating at your PEAK here.

Take this one seriously. Spoiler: I may end up grading this one instead of the last one.

The Two Films:

Good Night & Good Luck and The Most Dangerous Man in America

The link expires in one week:

That’s about it!

See you all next week.

Professor Dunphy


1165 F19, Monday Nov 18th

Hi everyone,

Quite a bit of information here so please read all of it.

I told you about the second exam’s chapters – film, radio, tv and internet. The questions will be in true false, multiple choice and matching form. 60-70 total questions.
Same as before – the exam starts at 12:50 and will last one hour. #2 pencil. Scantron.
A mandatory screening will follow after the exam. Attendance will be taken.
There is no blog post this week. All you have to do is study. Good luck!
Your TA will respond to some not all of your blog posts…. If you haven’t heard from them by Friday, November 22 please email me at
On November 25th, we will have a guest speaker. Please arrive on time and be respectful of your cell phone use. She works in the advertising/PR world so I think this is perfect for that week. You’ll be reading about those two subjects.
Week 13 is the last week for extra credit.
How much blog work is left?
You will have one more blog before your final blog. I will send that info out shortly.
Your final blog post is due the last day of class, December 9th. I will post that sometime soon.
Starting on the 10th, I will respond to each and everyone of you. My plan is to give you your grade before the final exam. Though things can go wrong. I do my best.
Once you have the blog grade plus two exams plus knowing your attendance, lateness, cell phone use (you know who you are), you should have a pretty good idea on where you’re headed towards for an overall grade.
When is the final exam?
Final exam – Monday, December 16th 1-3pm. Chapters TBD. Obviously, more details to come. If you have a conflict, please let me know asap.
That’s enough for today!
Good luck studying and stay warm.
Professor Dunphy

Monday 11/11 Work + Blog

Hi Class,

Sorry for the delay.

Please have Rodman’s Internet chapter read.

The blog:

I mentioned in class… What is going on at the website: Deadspin?

Do some research, use sources, and tell me what is going on…. what happened? When did it all begin? What’s the latest news?

What are the main questions at play with the story?

This requires a bit of research.

Word Count: 750-1000 words

Cell phone use: I will simply mark you down if you are on your phone. I won’t tell you, I’ll just mark it and keep track of it. When your grade is dropped, you’ll know why. Please make note of this and step outside if you need to use your phone. I have stated several times I find it rude, and there are too many of those who are using their phones in class.

See you Monday.

Professor Dunphy