(Education, Professional Goals, Hobbies, Family)
(Name, Major, Year, What do you hope to learn in this course?, What’s something fun you did this summer What’s something about you that not everybody knows?)
Why This WordPress Blog?
We’ll use this class blog to post course materials and students’ work. Course materials include assignment guidelines, rubrics, and the syllabus. See our page, COJO 3530: Fall 2016 on the sidebar.
We will also use WyoCourses for grades and quizzes, in addition to the assignment instructions and rubrics.
Plus, I require YOU to keep a blog, so I should keep one as well for our class.
What Will We Do?
Let’s take a look at the syllabus and find out.
What do you know?
What Should You Know and Why?
Second, visit The New York Times multimedia page to get a taste of what the future of journalism looks like. Take 10 minutes (I’m timing you) and explore anything that grabs your interest.
What did you explore? What was interesting and engaging? Did you quickly leave the story, or did you spend a long time on the story? Why?
These are the critical questions you need to be asking yourself whenever you read ANYTHING now, especially when you engage with multimedia stories. If you want to be in the business of telling and selling stories, then you need to develop the critical thinking skills to understand what makes me (the reader/user) keep reading.
In this class, you’ll begin to learn the basic skills that are needed to succeed in multimedia communication. I say “communication” in addition to “journalism” because I strongly believe that even if you aren’t a journalism major, you will learn from this class. If your career interests lie in public relations, marketing, advertising, or public affairs, you will learn key skills in multimedia that will help you get a job.
Multimedia Production on Your Blog
In order to promote your media career, I require students to maintain a professional blog throughout the semester. You can show potential employers your multimedia work through this platform. Please visit former COJO 3530 student blogs (see left-hand column) for ideas about your own blog. You’ll also see what kind of storytelling that you’ll be engaging in during the semester.
This class is a big step in the right direction for your journalism or media career. I hope you’re excited!
So let’s set up your WordPress blog now. You need to submit your Blog Post 1 and About Page Setup by next Thursday.
***A Word of Advice: Proofread your writing. Like, seriously proofread. Writing that has spelling, grammar, typographical (e.g., typing a word twice or writing “if” instead of “it”), or capitalization errors (e.g., writing “i like news”) is not “A” work (see the grading rubric–a “B” is the highest grade you can get if any of these errors is made). Your multimedia story may be fantastic, but if your blog post writing has any of these errors, you lose credibility with your audience. Thus, I read your writing VERY carefully, and I’m always looking for these errors. Don’t make them, please. **