• 4806/7806 Fall 16 Schedule

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    *All Monday and Wednesday classes meet in Ag 2-06. Friday classes meet in Tucker Forum from 8/26-9/16 and in 35 Walter Williams thereafter.*

     

    Week 1

    Mon. Aug. 22
    Topics/subjects: Introduction to class
    Lecturers: Judd Slivka, Mark Hinojosa

    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: Judd Slivka, Randy Reeves
    KBIA-FM – faculty contact: Mark Hinojosa, 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: Judd Slivka
    Read through dress code policies for your newsroom rotations, including project management in the Futures Lab (which mirrors KBIA’s dress code):

    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 27. Send your blog address to 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://cifs.files.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 are coming into 4806/7806 without taking 4804/7804 in the Fall 2015 semester, or you did not use Premiere Pro, 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.

    Wed. Aug. 24
    Topics/Subjects: Blogging and building your brand
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa

    After blogging for extra credit last semester — this year, blogging is a required part of the curriculum. Convergence faculty member Mark Hinojosa 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? What’s the difference between a blog and a column? Should you blog about your newsroom experiences? What kind of blogs generate the most traffic?

    Out-of-class Readings

    The 4 Essentials to Building Your Brand on Social Media

     

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

    Fri. Aug. 26
    Topics/subjects: Coaching a story
    Lecturers: Judd Slivka, Mark Hinojosa

    Stories succeed and fail for a multitude of reasons. We’ll  examine how to find holes in stories and how to fix them, how to get the most out of your team and how to provide criticism in a humane and positive way.

    Style quiz 1 due in Blackboard, 6 p.m., 8/22

    Out-of-class Readings

    Find your resilience: 5 tips for new editors 

    Week 2

    Mon. Aug. 29
    Topics/subjects: Introduction to Project Management: What is it? What is expected?
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka, Mark Hinojosa

    Project management is one of the most gratifying and challenging parts of this class — and it’s something every person in the class will do.  Today we’ll lay out the expectations we have for project managers and the things you can do to help your team.

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

    Project manager rubric

    Story checklist

    Project manager schedule and expectations

    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.

    Out-of-class Readings

    Coaching Journalists in Cyberspace: Your Role as a Newsroom Manager

    Futures Lab Dress Code

    Wed. Aug. 31

    Topic/Subjects: Working with 4804 students to manage their Camp Convergence Projects
    ***There is no lecture but you are expected to be in the Futures Lab working with your students***

    This is your first taste of project management. Every 4806 student is going to be assigned a number of 4804 students. Your job is going to be guiding them in their 4804 Camp Convergence assignments, giving the scripts a first read and edit and sending the script to the assigned faculty editor on Thursday. You will be expected to get in touch with them

    Management assignments are below:

    Thurs. Sept. 1

    ***Camp Convergence Deadline Day No. 1***

    You will be functioning as a project manager today with your students. Your job is to help get their projects over the finish line.

    Out-of-class Readings
    Ten keys to morale and management

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

    Fri. Sept. 2
    Topic/Subjects: Lessons learned
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa

    One of the most valuable experiences that you can have is de-briefing and talking about what went and what went wrong on deadline day. We’ll spend today talking about how your first experience managing other students went.

    Out-of-class Readings

    Jessica Abel’s podcast available on iTunes

    Style quiz 2 due in Blackboard, 6 p.m., 9/2

    Week 3

    Mon. Sept. 5
    Labor Day. No class. 

    Wed. Sept. 7
    Topic/Subjects: Work with 4804 students for their 2nd Camp Convergence assignment
    ***There is no lecture today, but you are expected to be in the Futures Lab with your students through the day***

    This is your next taste of project management. Just like last week, you’ll have a handful of 4804 students to manage.  Your job is going to be guiding them in their 4804 Camp Convergence assignments, giving the scripts a first read and edit and sending the script to the assigned faculty editor on Thursday.

    Out-of-class Readings

    The difference between Management and Leadership

    Thurs. Sept. 8

    ***Camp Convergence Deadline Day No. 2***

    You will be functioning as a project manager today with your students. Your job is to help get their projects over the finish line.

    Fri. Sept. 9

    Topic/Subject: Lessons learned

    We’ll be talking again about what we learned in our second management go-around.

    Style quiz 3 due in Blackboard, 6 p.m., 9/9

    Week 4

    Sun. Sept. 11

    Han Pitches due by 6 p.m.

    Project manager feedback due to faculty by 8 a.m. Mon.

    Mon. Sept. 12
    Project managers will meet with faculty editors to get feedback to their teams on the first round of pitches.

     

    Wed. Sept 14

    Topics/Subjects: Understanding analytics
    Lecturer: Annie Hammock, KOMU

    What’s important in story analytics on the web? What to look for? What works and what doesn’t?

    Chewie Pitch Day No. 2

    Out-of-class Readings

    Analytics in the Newsroom: Just How Powerful Can They Become?

    Han Pitch Day 1 — Project managers need to be  with their teams at 8 a.m.

     

     

    Fri. Sept. 16

    Topic/Subjects: Managing sideways
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    Sometimes it’s hard to manage within a peer group. We’ll teach you some strategies to help you guide your teams when you don’t have the management structure to command them.

    Vocab quiz 1 due in Blackboard, 6 p.m., 9/16

    Out-of-class Readings

    How to Manage Work Without Formal Authority

    Week 5

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

    Sun. Sept. 18

    Chewie pitches due by 6 p.m.

    Project manager feedback due to faculty by 8 a.m. Mon.

    Mon. Sept. 19

    Project managers meet with faculty for feedback on team pitches

     

    Wed.  Sept. 21
    Chewie Pitch Day 1 — Project managers need to be  with their teams at 8 a.m.

    Topic/Subject: Managing up and down
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa

    Being a middle manager is the hardest job in the newsroom — you manage down to your staff and up to your boss. How do you manage both your manager’s expectations while still meeting the expectations of your staff?

    Out-of-class Readings

    The New Editor’s Guide to Newsroom Management

    10 Techniques for Managing Up, Down, Sideways…and Inwards

    Thurs. Sept. 22

    Han Deadline Day No. 1 — Project managers are expected to be in the Futures Lab throughout the day, as possible.

    Fri. Sept. 23

    Grading in 35 WW.

    Project managers have digital production package proposals due by 8 a.m.

    4806 Digital Package Template

    Style quiz 4 due in Blackboard, 6 p.m., 9/23

    Week 6

    Sun. Sept. 25

    Han pitches due 6 p.m.

    Mon. Sept. 26
    Project managers meet with faculty for feedback on team pitches

    Wed. Sept. 28

    Han Pitch Day No. 2

    Topic/Subjects: Producing for the Web and social media
    Lecturer: Hannah Smith, Senior Digital Producer, KSHB-TV, Kansas City

    Social media is rapidly becoming the gateway drug for journalism. building a relationship between content and readers. We’ll talk about how to think about stories in those dimensions and what kind of content moves stories.

    Out-of-class Readings

    Learning from prize-winning journalism: how to cover a breaking news story

     

    Thurs. Sept. 29

    Chewie Deadline Day No. 1

    Fri. Sept. 30

    Grading. Project managers need to be in WW35 at 9 a.m.

    Project managers have digital production packages due by 8 a.m.

    Vocab quiz 2 due in Blackboard, 6 p.m., 9/30

    Readings

     

    Week 7

    Sun. Oct. 2

    Chewie pitches due

    Mon. Oct. 3

    Project managers meet with faculty for feedback on team pitches

    Wed. Oct. 5

     

     

    Topic/Subject: Storytelling attack plans
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    So there’s a story. How do you approach what will ultimately be published? How will it be published? Where will it be published? What elements will you need?

    Out-of-class Readings

    Learning from prize-winning journalism: how to cover a breaking news story

     

    Thurs. Oct. 6

    Han Deadline Day – Project managers are expected to be with their teams in the Futures Lab.Grading

    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 -Bleyl, Wrigley, Zhao, Hase, Hughes

    Group 2 – Managing the Third Floor Team

    A -Brown, Sheets, McManus, Pavlova,Kopsky

    Group 3 – When Mediocrity Meets Tragedy

    A – Compton, Semke, McClain, Iftekhar

    Group 4 – Creative Casey

    A – Foster-Gimbel, Prohov, Hogerty, Parkins

    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”

     

    Fri. Oct. 7

    Han 2 grading in 35WW

     

    END OF FIRST NEWSROOM ROTATION. YOU MOVE TO YOUR SECOND NEWSROOM STARTING MONDAY, OCTOBER 9.

    Sun. Oct. 9

    Pitches due 6 p.m.

    Mon. Oct. 10

    Project managers meet with faculty for pitch feedback

    Wed. Oct. 12

    Topic/Subject: Newsroom scenarios

    You’ll play out the scenarios that you read last week.

    Out-of-class Readings

    Managing the Unmanageable: The 6 Most Common Types of Difficult Employees

    Thurs. Oct 13

    Chewie Deadline Day No. 2

    Fri. Oct. 14
    Grading in 35ww
    Project managers have digital production packages due by 8 a.m.

     

    Week 8

    Sun. Oct. 16

    Pitches due 6 p.m.
    **SET UP MEETING TIMES WITH JUDD OR MARK 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.

    Mon. Oct. 17

    ***NOTE: CLASS WILL BE IN 35WW today***

    Project managers meet with faculty for pitch feedback

    Wed. Oct. 19

    Topic/Subjects: How different outlets use their space
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    Take a look at two newscasts from two different stations and you’ll see a difference in how they evaluate the importance of news. Throw a newspaper into the mix and you’ll see even more of a difference. We’re going to examine how different mediums approach the same time frame.

    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.

    Out-of-class Readings

    9 key elements that can help journalists be better video storytellers

     

    Thurs. Oct. 20

    Han deadline day 3

    Fri. Oct. 21

    Grading in 35 WW

    Project managers have digital production packages due by 8 a.m.

    Week 9

    Sun. Oct. 23

    Pitches due 6 p.m.

    Missouri Honor Medalist Extra Credit assignment due 6 p.m., 10/21

    Mon Oct. 24

    Project managers meet with faculty to get pitch feedback

    Wed. Oct. 26

    Topic/Subjects: The importance of diversity of ideas in a newsroom
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa

    How do use the diversity of ideas and viewpoints to improve our newsroom products?

    Out-of-class Readings

    Unconscious stereotypes slow newsroom diversity

    Thurs. Oct. 27

    Chewie deadline day 3

    Readings

    Fri. Oct. 28
    Grading in 35WW

    Project managers have digital production packages due by 8 a.m.

    Week 10

    Sun. Oct. 30

    Pitches due 6 p.m.

    Mon. Oct. 31
    Project managers meet with faculty to get feedback on pitches.

    Wed. Nov. 2
    Topic/Subject: Capstone preview
    Lecturer: Mike McKean

     

    Thurs. Nov. 3

    Han Deadline Day 4

    Fri. Nov. 4
    Grading in 35WW

    Week 11

    Sun. Nov. 6

    Pitches due by 6 p.m.

    Mon. Nov. 7

    Project managers meet with faculty to get pitch feedback

    Wed. Nov. 9

    Topic/Subject: Portfolio beginning

    We’ll talk about owning your name online and how to build a portfolio site that showcases who you are to potential employers.

    Assignment: Create and turn in a link to a “first draft” of your portfolio to Mark and Judd via email by 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. This is a draft in the sense that you can always add to and revise it. But, what you turn in on Dec. 3 should be something you’d feel comfortable submitting for an internship, scholarship or job application.

    Out-of-class Readings

    How to: write a covering letter and CV

     

    Thurs. Nov. 10

    Chewie deadline day 4

    Fri. Nov. 11

    Grading in WW35

     

    Week 12

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

    No Pitches due this week

    Mon. Nov. 14
    Topics/Subjects: #jobsearchfails
    Lecturer: Walter Middlebrook, Assistant Managing Editor, The Detroit News

    Let’s learn from the mistakes of others. Real-world hiring miscues that will shock, horrify and stupefy you.

    Out-of-class Readings

    5 Interview Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

     

     

    Wed. Nov. 16

    Topics/Subject: Pitch review – Chewie 5

     

     

    Thurs. Nov. 17

    All-day resume’/portfolio/cover letter/interview workshop in the Futures Lab from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

     

    Fri. Nov. 18

    ***CHEWIE 5 PITCH DAY***

    Topics/Subject: Cover Letter
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    A cover letter is your seven seconds of glory or disaster. It’s most employers’ first interaction with you. So we want you to get it right.

    Out-of-class Readings

    How to Write a Cover Letter

     

    Week 13

    Thanksgiving Break. No class.

    *You must have one blog post by the Saturday 6 p.m., deadline*

    Week 14

     

    Mon. Nov. 28

    Topics/Subject: Interview questions

    How to answer those sticky interviewer questions. 

    Wed. Nov. 30
    Topics/Subject: You will get a job!
    Judd and Mark host a panel 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.

    Thurs. 12/1

    Han deadline day 5

    Fri. Dec. 2

    Grading in 35ww 

    Project managers have digital production packages due by 8 a.m.

    Week 15

    Mon. Dec. 5

    Evaluations

    Project management meeting

    Wed. Dec. 7

    Wildcard day

    Thurs. Dec. 8

    Chewie deadline day 5

    Fri. Dec. 9
    Project management team stories and digital production packages are due at 6pm today

    Project managers have digital production packages due by 8 a.m.

    Fri. Dec 9 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.

    Week 16

     

     

     

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