• 4806/7806 Schedule (Spring 2016)

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    Week 1

    Wednesday, January 20
    Topics/subjects: Introduction to class
    Lecturer: Amy Simons

    Newsrooms: Each of you will be spending a half semester in two different newsrooms. Our newsrooms include the Missouri School of Journalism’s traditional professional media outlets: KOMU-TV, KBIA-FM, KBIA Sports Extra, and Vox. Newsroom choices also include professional media partners: Global Journalist (also a Missouri School of Journalism media partner), Newsy.com, Missouri Business Alert, and a full-blown project management experience.

    Your job this week is to connect with a faculty member assigned as the contact person for your first newsroom rotation and to make sure you orient yourself to the job you’ll be performing beginning next week!

    Make sure you have access to our classes server where you will file a weekly report about your work in different newsrooms.

    Vox Online – faculty contact: Judd Slivka, Heather Lamb
    KOMU-TV – faculty contact: Amy Simons, Randy Reeves
    KBIA-FM – faculty contact: Amy Simons, Ryan Famuliner
    Global Journalist – faculty contact: Judd Slivka, Amy McCombs & Jason McClure
    Newsy.com – faculty contact: Mark Hinojosa, Nathan Byrne
    Missouri Business Alert – faculty contact: Mark Hinojosa, Michael Stacy
    Project Management – faculty contact: Mark Hinojosa
    Read through dress code policies for your newsroom rotations (below)

    Assignments Due: This week, you are required to get an orientation in the first of your two newsrooms, read the syllabus and read the performance evaluation expectations in the grading section of the syllabus. You’ll need to create a new folder in the !Finished Stories file and create your own blog post by Saturday at 6 pm.

    Your folder on the classes server is not accessible to anyone outside of our class and you might consider whether there are comments that are appropriate for a limited audience and those that you’d be willing to have “out there” for the world.

    Your weekly reports on the server should be about 100-200 words, but detailed enough that so we know what you worked on. You should definitely include links to any finished work and you should carefully explain your role in work whether it was published or not.

    Since this week is primarily orientation week, there is no report due this week, but you do need to start your blog and create your first post before 6pm on Saturday, August 30. Send your blog address to Amy, Judd and Mark by that time.

    Do not assume we have your blog URL from a previous semester, please send it again.

    Your weekly report needs to be filed at this address:

    on Macs: smb://doit-bfs1.col.missouri.edu/journalism/classes

    Don’t remember how to connect to the classes server? Here are instructions.

    For instructions on how to connect from a PC, click here.

    Find the folder called 4806-7806. Find the folder called, !Finished Stories. Make a folder with your last name, first name. Next create two sub-folders for each of your newsrooms.

    classes.jour.missouri.edu/Classes/4806/!finished stories/Last Name, First Name/newsroom1

    classes.jour.missouri.edu/Classes/4806/!finished stories/Last Name, First Name/newsroom2

    Video training: If you did not use Adobe Premiere Pro in 4804/7804 or are coming into 4806/7806 without taking 4804/7804 in the Fall 2015 semester, you must sign up for and attend video training so that you are familiar with how to use Adobe Premiere Pro.  Click here to find details on where and when sessions will be held and how to sign up.  It is imperative that you sign up, as space is limited in each session.

    Friday, January 22
    Topics/Subjects: Blogging and building your brand
    Lecturer: Amy Simons

    **Class will meet in Tucker Forum today**

    After blogging for extra credit last semester — this year, blogging is a required part of the curriculum. Convergence faculty member Amy Simons will lead a discussion on ways to think about your blog and your professional identity.

    What’s the best kind of blog for a beginning reporter? Should you blog about your newsroom experiences? What kind of blogs generate the most traffic?

    Out-of-class Readings

    To All The Young Journalists Asking For Advice
    When Journalists Blog: How It Changes What They Do
    Five Tips on Blogging For Journalism Job Hunters
    How Live Blogging Has Transformed Journalism
    How my job as a business journalist has changed
    What is Creative Commons (Video)
    The best ways to be sure you’re legally using online photos
    The $8,000 mistake that all bloggers should beware
    50 blogs for journalists

    Resources
    Creative Commons FAQ
    Flickr: Creative Commons
    53+ Free Images Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts
    Choosing between WordPress and Blogger

    Week 2

    Monday, January 25
    Topics/subjects: Introduction to Project Management: What is it? What is expected?
    Lecturer: Amy Simons

    QUIZ: Copy Editing quiz, available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 6pm Wednesday. No extensions are given.
    AP/Missourian stylebook

    Story checklist

    At some point in the semester, you’ll spend several weeks serving as a project manager in addition to your newsroom work. Everyone has been added to a list called: MUJourConvergenceProjectManagers@missouri.edu — this is the email address convergence reporting students use to submit story pitches.

    Unless you’re on your project management rotation, you can ignore/delete this email. All faculty are also on this list.

    Project managers provide the first feedback to reporting students on their story ideas.

    Project managers coach students on the different audiences for each newsroom. Project managers always review first drafts of stories for editorial content and appropriate style. (AP style for print, conversational writing for broadcast) Project managers remind students of deadlines and show them how to save to their folders on the classes server.

    If there’s something about a reporting assignment that YOU don’t know — it is your responsibility to find out (from faculty) and get back to your reporting team. Failure to communicate with a reporting team will result in a lower project manager grade for you.

    Project managers attend story idea meetings on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. in 2-10 Agriculture. They also join faculty and 4804-7804 students for story meetings on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. in the RJI Futures Lab. Finally, project managers attend evaluation sessions for the students they have managed each Friday at 9 a.m. in 35 Walter Williams conference room. During the evaluation session, project managers offer details about the strengths and weaknesses of their group and their group’s finished work.

    Project managers may also help reporting students navigate our newsrooms once work is approved for publication and post it on the Convergence website.

    Click here for a full description and expectations for project management.

    Assignment: Read the following four case studies for discussion next week. You and your team mates will be assigned one case and you will act out your “solution” to the problem posed. Use classroom handouts to frame the discussion with your teammates. Turn in one one-page solution via email to the three faculty members.

    Your grade on this assignment is based on your preparation and participation during class and your team’s turned in one page response.

    Your grade will be averaged in with the classroom attendance portion of your class grade.

    Group 1 – The Perfectionist

    A – Riley Beggin, CiCi Chen, Hailey Godburn, Yili Liu, George Schramm, Chelsea Vaughn
    B-

    Group 2 – Managing the Third Floor Team

    A – Christopher Beyer, Jonathan Doty, Kevin Henderson, Calli Luna, Dorothy Sedovic, Joyce Tao
    B-

    Group 3 – When Mediocrity Meets Tragedy

    A – Amanda Byler, Fan Feng, Ginger Hervey, Brendan McDermott, Mitchel Summers, Yinzi Zeng
    B –

    Group 4 – Creative Casey

    A – Carlo Canta, Anel Ganic, Kaveh Karden, Zack Newman, Shuya Zheng
    B –

    The Perfectionist
    Managing the Third Floor Team (Lundin, Paul and Christiansen)
    Case studies by Charles Warner – choose “When Mediocrity Meets Tragedy”
    Case studies by Charles Warner – choose “Creative Casey: disciplining a star reporter”

    Wednesday, September 2
    Topic/Subjects: Managing Up & Down
    Lecturer: Amy Simons

    In convergence classes, you’ve had numerous opportunities to manage in ways we call: Up, down and sideways. Managing “up” means working with people who hold some position of authority above you, whether that is your immediate boss, a CEO, a newsroom supervisor or even your faculty. Managing “down” is the traditional management scenario, where a boss or employer is trying to communicate and obtain certain outcomes from an employee or group of employees. Managing “sideways” is what happens when we work with peers or colleagues and one person is not superior or subservient to the other.

    Out-of-class Readings
    Ten keys to morale and management
    The difference between Management and Leadership

    Resources
    StrengthsQuest
    Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
    MBTI – Myers Briggs
    (or take the free test based on Myers Briggs research)

    Friday, September 4
    Topic/Subjects: Managing Sideways
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    Week 3

    Monday, February 1
    Topic/Subjects: How do you manage?
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa

    Quiz 1, available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 6pm Wednesday. No extensions are given.

    Act out case studies/skits assigned last week.

    Wednesday, February 3
    Project management meeting

    Friday, February 4

    8:00-8:50 a.m. in the Futures Lab
    Project managers (only) story meeting.

    Week 4

    Monday, February 8
    QUIZ: Vocab Quiz 1, available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 6pm Wednesday. No extensions are given.

    PRODUCER Topic/Subject: Writing Headlines & Teases
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa

    Out-of-Class Readings
    10 Questions to help you write better headlines
    Optimizing Headlines – This Boring Headline Brought to you by Google
    How we read online – Slate Magazine
    SEO for News Publishers by the folks at Google
    How to: Get to Grips with SEO as a Journalist
    7 keys to SEO: How to help people find your blog
    Why are Upworthy headlines suddenly everywhere?

    REPORTER Topic/Subject: Storytelling attack plans
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    Too often, we just go at stories without a plan, which leads to holes in pieces and panic on deadline. We’ll build a methodology for attacking stories.

    Readings

    Wednesday, February 10
    Project management meeting

    Friday, February 12
    8-8:50am in Futures Lab
    Project managers (only) story meeting, followed by team story evaluation from 9a-11a in 35 WW.

    Graduate students: Installment 1 of your graduate project is due today at 6 p.m.

    Week 5

    **SET UP MEETING TIMES WITH JUDD, AMY OR MARK FOR THIS WEEK FOR FEEDBACK ON YOUR FIRST QUARTER NEWSROOM PERFORMANCE**

    Monday, February 15
    QUIZ: Quiz 2 available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 6pm Wednesday. No extensions are given.

    PRODUCER Topic/Subject: Understanding analytics
    Lecturer: Amy Simons

    You’ll learn how website traffic data is collected, what types of information you can learn about your audience and its habits — in real time — and how that information can be useful to journalists.

    Out-of-Class Readings
    Introduction to Web Analytics for Journalists
    Six Rootin Tootin Myths About Web Analytics
    The Journalists’ Guide to Analytics
    Resources
    Setting Up Google Analytics on your Blog
    Quantcast
    Chartbeat (30 day free trial available)

    REPORTER Topic/Subject: Developing facts, lines of inquiries
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    A fact is never just a fact. It should lead to more facts and revelations. These are the lifeblood of your reporting. This class will help you get the most of your reporting by training you how to think in linear and non-linear approaches.

    Readings

    Wednesday, February 17
    Project management meeting

    Friday, February 19
    8-8:50am in Futures Lab
    Project managers (only) story meeting, followed by team story evaluation from 9a-10a in 35 WW.

    Week 6

    Monday, February 22
    QUIZ: Quiz 3, available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 6pm Wednesday. No extensions are given.

    PRODUCER Topic/Subject: News Judgement
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    What is news? What makes a good story?

    Assignment: Click here for homework assignment that must be completed prior to next Monday’s class.

    REPORTER Topic/Subject: Anticipating Action
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa

    You’re out on the scene. How do you know where to go to get the next shot? The best shot? We’ll work on positioning and some mental strategies to help you anticipate and be in the right spot when the decisive moment happens.

    Readings

    Wednesday, February 24
    Project management meeting

    Friday, February 26
    8-8:50am in Futures Lab
    Project managers (only) story meeting, followed by team story evaluation from 9a-12n in 35 WW.

    Week 7

    Monday, February 29

    PRODUCER Topics/Subjects: Producing/Editing Decision Making
    Lecturer: Amy Simons

    You’ve got limited staff, limited equipment, a limited news hole… and a ton going on today! Learn how to make the tough choices …what to cover, how many of your valuable resources to devote and what to pass on. This is the ultimate test in developing your own news judgment and exercising it. What are the key factors that help news editors make decisions about how and what to cover in a daily news environment. We’ll use a classroom exercise to identify the thought processes common in many newsrooms.

    Assignment Due: Click here for homework assignment that must be completed prior to today’s class.

     

    REPORTER Topic/Subject: Investigative for Multimedia
    Lecturer: Jamie Greber, Managing Editor, KOMU

    Investigative stories are important for society — but also for ratings. ??? will talk about how to approach investigative stories from a visual standpoint.

     

    Readings

    Wednesday, March 2
    Project management meeting

    Friday, March 3
    8-8:50am in Futures Lab
    Project managers (only) story meeting, followed by team story evaluations from 9a-12n in 35 WW.

    END OF FIRST NEWSROOM ROTATION. YOU MOVE TO YOUR SECOND NEWSROOM STARTING MONDAY, March 7.

    Week 8

    Monday, March 7
    **SET UP MEETING TIMES WITH JUDD OR AMY FOR THIS WEEK FOR FEEDBACK ON YOUR SECOND QUARTER NEWSROOM PERFORMANCE**
    QUIZ: Vocab Quiz 2, available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 6pm Wednesday. No extensions are given.

    PRODUCER Topic/Subjects: Stacking & Pacing
    Lecturer: Amy Simons

    Last week we determined what stories to cover… now we’re going to put a show together!

    REPORTER Topic/Subject: Beat the Press
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    At some point in your career you’re going to come up against someone who doesn’t want to give you information. This is a view from the other side that will show you some of the strategies used to deny reporters information — and how you can work around it.

    Readings

    Wednesday, March 9
    Project management meeting

    Friday, March 11
    8-8:50am in Futures Lab
    Project managers (only) story meeting, followed by team story evaluations from 9a-12n in 35 WW.

    Graduate students: Installment 2 of your graduate project is due today at 6 p.m.

    Week 9

    Monday, March 14
    QUIZ: Quiz 4, available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 6pm Wednesday. No extensions are given.

    PRODUCER Topic/Subjects: Breaking News!
    Lecturer: Amy Simons

    We’ve stacked our show… but now there the assignment desk says there are sounds of some major police activity on the scanner… what now?!?!

    Readings

    REPORTER Topic/Subject: Asking better questions
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    Questions are the foundation of your interviews and your “take.” How you ask questions often determines how successful your story will be.

    Readings

    Wednesday, March 16
    Project management meeting

    Friday, March 18
    8-8:50am in Futures Lab
    Project managers (only) story meeting, followed by team story evaluations from 9a-12n in 35 WW.

    Week 10

    Monday, March 21
    Topics/Subjects: Newsroom, source and story diversity. What should “diversity” mean in this context?
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa

    Out-of-class readings
    “Decline in Newsroom jobs slows,” American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 11, 2010.
    “U.S. newsroom employment declines,” American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 14, 2009.
    RTDNA/Hofstra Survey: Number of Minority Journalists Down in 2009; Story Mixed for Female Journalists
    “Cover Story: 2008 Women and Minorities Survey,” Radio Television Digital News Association, Bob Papper.
    Look at some of the stories/commentaries on the New America Media web site.
    State of the News Media – 2010, Pew Research, Project for Excellence in Journalism, March 15, 2010.
    “Press Accuracy Rating Hits Two Decade Low” Survey by Pew Research Center for People and the Press, Sept. 13, 2009.
    “Values and the Press,” Survey of Journalists, Pew Research Center for People and the Press, May 23, 2004.

    Important note: This discussion focuses on various types of journalistic diversity, including intellectual diversity. The faculty won’t be lecturing and we don’t expect you to parrot “politically correct” opinions.

    Wednesday, March 23
    Project management meeting

    Friday, March 25
    8-8:50am in the Futures Lab
    Project managers (only) story meeting, followed by team story evaluations from 9a-12n in 35 WW.

    Week 11

    SPRING BREAK: No classes, no newsrooms shifts
    **YOU MUST BLOG ONE WEEKEND DURING THE BREAK IN ORDER TO REMAIN ON TRACK WITH THE ASSIGNED NUMBER OF POSTS**

    Week 12

    **SET UP MEETING TIMES WITH JUDD, MARK OR AMY FOR THIS WEEK FOR FEEDBACK ON YOUR THIRD QUARTER NEWSROOM PERFORMANCE**

    Monday, April 4
    Topics/Subjects: Portfolio Beginnings
    Lecturer: TBA

    You are doing some magnificent work in our newsrooms. Now is the time to start thinking about how you want to begin to showcase that work — and yourself — for the job market. Mike McKean will join us today to talk about building your professional portfolio. You’ll learn what employers are looking for, which elements you should include, what platforms you might want to use, etc.

    Assignment: Create and turn in a link to a “first draft” of your portfolio to Amy, Mark and Judd via email by 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. This is a draft in the sense that you can always add to and revise it. But, what you turn in on April 30 should be something you’d feel comfortable submitting for an internship, scholarship or job application.

    Wednesday, April 6
    Project management meeting

    Friday, April 8
    8-8:50am in the Futures Lab
    Project managers (only) story meeting, followed by team story evaluations from 9a-12n in 35 WW.

    Graduate students: Installment 3 of your graduate project is due today at 6 p.m.

    Week 13

    Monday, April 11

    Topics/Subjects: Editing and Producing Job Opportunities
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa

    Check out Mizzou Convergence Grads and Friends on Facebook!

    Out-of-class Readings
    JourNerdism Survey of online jobs, titles, salaries
    For Communications Grads, Slight Improvement in Daunting Job Market, Aug. 10, 2011
    “How to Make Your Resume Stand Out: 5 Tips from Chris Spurlock” Craig Kanalley Feb. 26, 2011

    Resources
    JournalismJobs.com
    MediaBistro.com listings
    Jobs for coders and developers
    Journajobs.edu

    Wednesday, April 13
    Project management meeting

    Friday, April 15
    8-8:50am in Futures Lab
    Project managers (only) story meeting, followed by team story evaluations from 9a-12n in 35 WW.

    Week 14

    Monday, April 18
    Topics/Subjects:
    Getting your first job… it WILL happen!
    Lecturer: Amy Simons

    Amy hosts a panelists of recent grads via Google Hangout. It wasn’t so long ago they were sitting where are right now… let them tell you what it was like.

    Wednesday, April 20

    Project management meeting

    Friday, April 22
    8-8:50am in Futures Lab
    Project managers (only) story meeting, followed by team story evaluations from 9a-12n in 35 WW.

     

    Week 15

    Monday, April 25
    Topics/Subjects: Capstone Preview
    Lecturer: Mike McKean

    Today we’re going to have a discussion about industry news driven by you — and how that factors into what you will be doing in the Convergence Capstone course.

    Wednesday, April 27

    Project management meeting

    Friday, April 29
    8-8:50am in Futures Lab
    Project managers (only) story meeting, followed by team story evaluations from 9a-12n in 35 WW.

    Portfolio links due to faculty via email at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.

    Week 16

    Monday, May 2
    Topics/Subjects: Course Wrap-Up & Evals
    Lecturer: Amy Simons

    Wednesday, May 4
    No class or story meeting

    Thursday, May 5
    Project management team stories are due at 6pm today.

    Graduate students: Installment 4 of your graduate project is due today at 11:59 p.m.

    Friday, May 6 is reading day – project managers may attend story evaluation session beginning at 9am or may email evaluations to faculty editors. YOU MUST HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR NEWSROOM MANAGER TO MAKE CLEAR EXPECTATIONS OF WHEN YOU WORK YOU FINAL SHIFT. WE DO NOT EXPECT THAT YOU WORK DURING FINALS WEEK — BUT SOME OF YOUR NEWSROOM MANAGERS MIGHT. BE SURE TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE FULFILLING EXPECTATIONS — OR AT LEAST CLARIFYING THEM WELL IN ADVANCE.

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