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Midterm Study Guide

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 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.

  1. News
  2. Advertising
  3. Entertainment
  4. Raw Information
  5. All of the above

Good luck, everyone!

You can download these instructions here.

Submitting to

As you know, we will have you submit your midterm exam to You should have already received an email inviting you to establish or confirm a turnitin account for out class.

Here are some helps for working with the site.

Here’s an instructional video.

And here are some written instructions you can download:

NYC Internship meeting

Welcome to Comms 351

Welcome to the class website for Section 2 of  Comms 351, Media & Their Audiences at BYU. During the Fall 2011 semester, students in this section will study News Literacy. This course is designed for non-news majors. So, if you have signed up for this course and you are a print or broadcast journalism major, you will need to drop this section and find a different class.

We’ll meet Wednesdays, 4:00-6:30 p.m. in Room 270 BRMB.

You can look at the course syllabus online (where it will be regularly updated) or read and download the printable version from Scribd: