• 4806/7806 Schedule – Fall 2012

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    Week 1

    Monday, August 20

    Topics/subjects: Introduction to class
    Lecturer: Lynda Kraxberger

    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, the Columbia Missourian. Newsroom choices also include professional media partners: Global Journalist (also a Missouri School of Journalism media partner), Newsy.com; Missouri News Horizon, Discovery News Tech, a division of the Discovery Network, 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: Amy Simons
    KOMU-TV – faculty contact: Amy Simons, Jen Reeves
    KBIA-FM – faculty contact: Lynda Kraxberger, Janet Saidi
    KBIA Sports – faculty contact: Karen Mitchell
    Global Journalist – faculty contact: Lynda Kraxberger, Pat Smith
    Newsy.com – faculty contact: Karen Mitchell, Jim Flink, Christina Hartman, Nathan Byrne
    Missouri Business Alert – faculty contact: Karen Mitchell
    ColumbiaFAVS – faculty contact: Lynda Kraxberger
    Project Management – faculty contact: Amy Simons
    Read through dress code policies for your newsroom rotations (below)

    Wednesday, August 22
    Topics/subjects: Introduction to Project Management: What is it? What is expected?
    Lecturer: Amy Simons

    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 Convegence website.

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

    Friday, August 24
    No class, no pitch meetings.

    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 5 pm.

    Your blog may duplicate your newsroom self-evaluation or it may differ significantly in content. It will not impact your grade positively or negatively to have a duplicate post on your blog and in your folder on the classes server. 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 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 was primarily orientation week, there is no report due this week, but you do need to start your blog and create your first post before 5pm on Saturday, August 25. Send your blog address to Karen, Amy and Lynda 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

    Week 2

    Monday, August 27
    Topics/Subjects: Intro to blogging and building your brand
    Lecturer: Amy Simons

    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?

    QUIZ: Copy Editing quiz, available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 5pm Wednesday. No extensions are given.

    When Journalists Blog: How It Changes What They Do
    Five Tips on Blogging For Journalism Job Hunters
    21 Great Blogs By Journalists
    How Live Blogging Has Transformed Journalism

    Wednesday, August 29

    Topics/Subjects: Project management meeting

    Friday, August 31 8:00-8:50 a.m. in the Futures Lab
    Topics/Subjects: Project managers (only) story meeting

    Week 3

    Monday, September 3
    Labor Day Holiday — No class, contact your newsroom supervisors to determine if you have newsroom shifts today.

    QUIZ: Quiz 1, available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 5pm Wednesday. No extensions are given.

    Wednesday, September 5
    Project management meeting

    Friday, September 7 8:00-8:50 a.m. in the Futures Lab
    Project managers (only) story meeting, followed by team story evaluation from 9a-12n in 35WW.

    Week 4

    Monday, September 10
    Topics/Subjects: Understanding analytics
    Lecturer: Amy Simons
    **Please bring your laptops to class**

    You will 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 could be useful to journalists.

    QUIZ: Vocab Quiz 1, available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 5pm Wednesday. No extensions are given.

    Introduction to Web Analytics for Jouranalists
    Six Rootin Tootin Myths About Web Analytics
    The Journalists’ Guide to Analytics
    Remember this?

    Wednesday, September 12
    Project management meeting

    Friday, September 14 8-8:50am in Futures Lab
    Project managers (only) story meeting, followed by team story evaluation from 9a-12n in 35 WW.

    Week 5

    **SET UP MEETING TIMES WITH LYNDA, KAREN OR AMY FOR THIS WEEK FOR FEEDBACK ON YOUR FIRST QUARTER NEWSROOM PERFORMANCE**
    Monday, September 17

    Topic/Subject: Managing People
    Lecturer: Lynda Kraxberger

    Identifying and motivating different types of employees. Managing up, down and sideways. Discuss management challenges you’ve experienced in the workplace.

    The difference between Management and Leadership

    Read the following four case studies for discussion in two weeks. You and your team mates will be assigned a case and you will act out your “solution” to the problem posed. Your grade on this assignment is based on your preparation and participation during class. Your grade will be averaged in to your classroom attendance grade. Send an email to Lynda Kraxberger with your group’s proposed solution to the case.

    Group 1 – The Perfectionist

    A – Zach Garcia, Andrew Gibson, Dalton Barker, Mallory Ensor

    B – Natale Cheng, Clare Murphy, Maoling Xiong, Rob Abel

    Group 2 – Managing the Third Floor Team

    A – MinHee Kim, Gina Cook, Kylie Hennagin, Casie Kolbinsky

    B – Sydney Miller, Sarah Karney, Katarina Sostaric, Tyler Fine

    Group 3 – When Mediocrity Meets Tragedy

    A – Kristian Mundahl, Laura Davison, Jonathan Seppo, Anna Burkart

    B – Orko Bagchi, Hannah Schmidt, Charles Minshew, Jiaxi Lu

    Group 4 – Creative Casey

    Veneta Rizvic, Amanda Sohaney, Jiselle Macalaguin, Travis Zimpfer

    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”

    Additional resources:

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

    Wednesday, September 19

    Project management meeting

    Friday, September 21 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, September 24

    Topics/Subjects: Editings Headlines and Teases/Writing for Online
    Lecturer: Amy Simons10 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
    SEO for high traffic Web sites
    Heads on the Web
    How to: Get to Grips with SEO as a Journalist

    7 keys to SEO: How to help people find your blog
    QUIZ: Quiz 2, available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 5pm Wednesday. No extensions are given.

    Wednesday, September 26

    Project management meeting

    Friday, September 28 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, October 1
    Topic/Subjects: Managing People, Part II
    Lecturer: Lynda Kraxberger
    Act out and critique the case studies assigned last week.

    Wednesday, October 3
    Project management meeting

    Friday, October 5 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, October 7.

    Week 8

    Monday, October 8
    **SET UP MEETING TIMES WITH LYNDA, KAREN OR AMY FOR THIS WEEK FOR FEEDBACK ON YOUR SECOND QUARTER NEWSROOM PERFORMANCE**

    Topics/Subjects: Producing/Editing Decision Making
    Guest Lecturer: Jeimmie Nevalga, Supervising Producer, KOMU-TV

    News producing/Editorial decision-making 101. 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.

    QUIZ: Quiz 3, available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 5pm Wednesday. No extensions are given.

    Wednesday, October 10
    Project management meeting

    Friday, October 12 8-8:50am in Futures Lab

    Project managers (only) story meeting, followed by team story evaluations from 9a-12n in 35 WW.

    Week 9

    Monday, October 15
    Topics/Subjects: Missouri Honor Medals guest lecturer Kevin Quealy

    In town to accept a Missouri Honor Medal on behalf of the New York Times’ graphics department, Mizzou alumnus Kevin Quealy shares some of their best work and answers your questions.

    Wednesday, October 17
    Project management meeting

    Friday, October 19 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, October 22
    Topics/Subjects:Editing and Producing Job Opportunities
    Lecturer: Lynda Kraxberger

    Check out Mizzou Convergence Grads and Friends on Facebook!

    JournalismJobs.com
    MediaBistro.com listings
    Jobs for coders and developers
    Journajobs.edu
    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
    QUIZ: Vocab Quiz 2, available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 5pm Wednesday. No extensions are given.

    Wednesday, October 24
    Project management meeting

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

    Week 11

    Monday, October 29
    Topics/Subjects: Getting your first job… it WILL happen!
    Lecturer: Amy Simons hosts a panelists of recent grads via Google Hangout

    Wednesday, October 31
    Project management meeting

    Friday, November 2 8-8:50am in the Futures Lab
    Project managers (only) story meeting, followed by team story evaluations from 9a-12n in 35 WW.

    Week 12

    Monday, November 5
    **SET UP MEETING TIMES WITH LYNDA, KAREN OR AMY FOR THIS WEEK FOR FEEDBACK ON YOUR THIRD QUARTER NEWSROOM PERFORMANCE**

    Topics/Subjects: Newsroom, source and story diversity. What should “diversity” mean in this context?
    Lecturer: Karen Mitchell

    “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.

    QUIZ: Quiz 4, available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 5pm Wednesday. No extensions are given.

    Wednesday, November 7
    Project management meeting

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

    Week 13

    Monday, November 12
    Topics/Subjects: Capstone Preview
    Lecturer: Mike McKean, Director, RJI Futures Lab

    Capstone class and new opportunities with RJI Futures Lab. Demo how we do “News of the Week” for the capstone.

    Wednesday, November 14
    Project management meeting

    Friday, November 16 8-8:50am in Futures Lab
    Project managers (only) story meeting. No team stories to evaluate this week.

    Week 14

    Thanksgiving Break: No classes, no newsroom shifts

    Week 15

    Monday, November 26
    Subjects/Topics: News of the Week
    Lecturer: Lynda Kraxberger

    Mike McKean introduced this capstone feature last week. Today we’re going to have a discussion about industry news driven by you. Find an article online that you’d want to discuss in class related to online journalism.

    Email a link to Lynda, Karen and Amy no later than 10 p.m. the night before class using the subject line “4806 News of the Week”

    Wednesday, November 28
    No class, no project management

    Friday, November 30
    No 8 a.m. story meeting – faculty and project managers meet at 9 a.m. to begin grading in 35WW

    Week 16

    Monday, December 3
    Topics/Subjects: Class Evaluations

    Debrief about lessons learned over the past semester; complete class evaluations.

    Wednesday, December 5
    No class or story meeting

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

    Friday December 7th is reading day – project managers may attend story evaluation session beginning at 8am 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.

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