Please do note that I’m looking for more thoughtful answers in the final. Some of you did a great job on your midterm. For others of you I thought you could do better. A few of you looked like you were winging it the night before it was due. You’ll need to do better than that on the final.
Next week is, of course, the Thanksgiving Holiday. The following week our lecture will be online, so don’t come to class the next two weeks. We’ll next meet in person on December 7, which is our last class.
The Final exam will either be a take-home or in the Testing Center — either way it will be during finals week. More information to come on that and your final essay (so please tune in for the online lecture the week after the Thanksgiving holiday).
In this evening’s lecture we learned how to deconstruct news stories, looking to see whether headlines and leads supported main points; whether reporters “opened the freezer” or relied upon arm’s-length information; we evaluated reporters sources, checked for transparency, context, fairness and completeness. The lecture slides are provided here, followed by the homework instructions.
We worked with a workbook in class, which is also embedded below. Your assignment is to complete the workbook. That means examining the story examples we did not get to in class and answering all the questions in the workbook. Bring your completed workbook to class next time (and don’t forget to put your name on the workbook).
The exam will be emailed to you on November 2. Please be sure that your email of record with the university is correct.
It will be a Word (.doc) file in which you will write your responses.
When you have finished writing your responses, please change the file name to your last name (for example, if your name was John Smith, you would name it smith.doc or smith.docx) then upload it to turnitin.com before Tuesday, November 18 8 at 11:59 p.m. Instructions for submitting to this site can be found here. Because the turnitin website will generate an alert for duplicative work (that is, anything that is not your original writing), you must properly cite any quotes you use—whether from the textbook or from any other source.
This exam covers the topics presented in the first six weeks of class.
The exam consists of ten questions—each worth ten points—that should elicit brief essay-style answers. Your responses will be graded on how thoughtfully and completely they answer the questions, using specific examples from your assigned readings, the lectures, and news events. Spelling and grammar will also be considered.
You can best prepare for this exam by being current on your reading assignments (Chapters 1 through 4 in Kovach and Rosenstiel and Chapters 1 through 5 in Gillmor) and by reviewing your notes for lectures 1 through 6.
Here is an example of the type of questions you will see in the exam:
From the list below, what information neighborhood might you be in when you’re on YouTube? Explain your answer, using specific examples from the course, to illustrate you understand the differences between neighborhoods.
We discussed journalism’s first obligation today–that of truth of verification. We discussed some ways journalists verify information and how verification can sometimes be challenged. We also addressed the changing nature of knowledge and how we arrive at the best available version of truth.
Please note that the upcoming test will not in the offered in the Testing Center as previously announced, rather it will be a take home test (I decided I wanted to read typed responses, rather than your handwriting). It will be available between November 2 and November 8. You’ll get a study guide of sorts next week. Please be aware that because we’ll be using Turnitin.com, you will be receiving instructions on signing up for it (if you haven’t already established an account) and uploading your finished test.