• 4806/7806 Spring 17 Schedule

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    **Classes are in Geological Sciences 108 unless otherwise noted**

    Wed. Jan. 22
    Topic/Subject: Introductions. Expectations. Syllabus review. Getting Started.
    Lecturers: Judd Slivka and Mark Hinojosa

    Meet your faculty and find out what you’ll be doing in the Convergence Editing and Reporting course.
    QUIZ: Quiz No. 1  will be open on Blackboard from 9 a.m. today until 6 p.m, Friday, January 20.


    Thurs. Jan. 19

    Convergence Media Credentials: Come by the Futures Lab between 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. to have your photo taken for a media credential if you need them..

    Fri. Jan. 20 
    Topic/Subject: Intro to project management
    What you need to do to be an effective project manager.
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka, Mark Hinojosa

    Out -of -class reading


    CAMP CONVERGENCE ASSIGNMENT (to manage) : Audio and still photography

    Futures Lab Dress Code

    Out-of -class reading

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    Mon. Jan. 23
    Topic/Subject: How to coach a story
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka, Mark Hinojosa
    How do you make a story better? What are the questions you should ask and the holes you should look for?

    Wed. Jan. 25

    OFF, but work with your 4804 students for Camp Convergence No. 1. 

    Camp Convergence Assignment: Video Assignment

    Thurs. Jan. 26: Camp Convergence Assignment 1 due on the Classes Server by 6 p.m.

    Fri. Jan. 27

    Topic/Subject: Blogging
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa

    Blogging is building your personal brand and establishing a unique online identity. It’s also a huge part of this class.

    Quiz No. 2 due in Blackboard, 6 p.m., 1/27

    Out-of-Class Readings

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    Mon. Jan. 30

    Pitch reviews, Bly 1

    Wed. Feb. 1

    Bly Pitch Day No. 1

    Out-of-Class Readings


    Thurs. Feb. 2: Camp Convergence Assignment 2  due on the Classes Server by 6 p.m.

    Fri. Feb. 3

    Topic/Subject: Management lessons learned
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa

    You’ve had two shots at managing. What worked? What didn’t?

    Quiz No. 3 due in Blackboard, 6 p.m., 2/3

    Out-of-Class Reading


    Week 4

    Mon. Feb. 6

    Pitch review, Tarbell 1


    Wed. Feb. 8

    Tarbell Pitch Day No. 1


    Thurs. Feb. 9

    Bly Deadline Day No. 1

    Fri. Feb. 10


    Grading, Bly 1

    Quiz 4 due in Blackboard, 6 p.m., 2/10

    Out-of-Class Readings


    Week 5

    Mon. Feb. 13

    Pitch review, Bly 2

    Wed. Feb. 15

    Topic/Subject: Building packages
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    The package is the whole box of content. We’ll talk about how to target content for the right channel — and how to get all those channels working together.

    Thurs. Feb. 16

    Tarbell Deadline Day No. 1

    Fri. Feb. 17

    Grading, Tarbell 1

    Quiz 5 due in Blackboard, 6 p.m., 2/17

    Mon. Feb. 20

    Pitch review, Tarbell 2

    Wed. Feb. 22

    Topic/Subject: Life as a digital producer
    Lecturer: Hannah Schmidt, Senior Digital Editor, KSHB-TV

    One of the most popular career fields for Convergence grads is digital or web producing. Hannah Smith skypes in to talk about her days and what sets web content apart.

    Thurs. Feb. 23

    Bly Deadline Day No. 2

    Fri. Feb. 24


    Grading, Bly 2

    Copy editing quiz due in Blackboard, 6 p.m., 2/24

    Out-of-Class Readings

    Week 7

    Mon. Feb. 27

    Pitch review, Bly 2


    Wed. March 1

    Topic/subject: How to deal with problem employees
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa

    Every newsroom has that employee: The cranky, unhappy miserable person who constantly throws a wrench into works. We’ll talk about how to manage that person.

    HOMEWORK: Newsroom scenarios for next week

    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”

    Thurs. March 2

    Tarbell Deadline Day No. 2

    Fri. March 3

    Grading, Tarbell 2

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

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     Mon. March 6

    Pitch review, Tarbell 3

    Wed. March 8

    Newsroom scenarios

    Thurs. March 9

    Bly Deadline Day No. 3

    Fri. March 10

    Grading, Bly 3

    Vocab Quiz No. 1 due Friday, 3/10, 6 p.m.

    Mon. March 13

    Pitch review, Bly 4


    Wed. March 15

    Topic/Subject: Diversity in the newsroom
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa

    Thurs. March 16

    Tarbell  Deadline Day No. 3

    Fri. March 17

    Grading, Tarbell 3

    Vocab Quiz No. 2 due Friday March 17, 6 p.m.

    Mon. March 20

    Pitch review, Tarbell 4


    Wed. March 22

    Tarbell Pitch Day No. 4

    Thurs. March 23

    Bly Deadline Day No. 4

    Fri. March 24

    Grading, Bly 4


    Mon. April 3

    Pitch review, Bly 5

    Wed. April 5

    Portfolio beginnings

    Thurs. April 6

    Tarbell Deadline Day No. 4

    Fri. April 7

    Grading, Tarbell 4


    Mon. April 10


    Pitch review, Tarbell 5

    Wed. April 12


    Thurs. April 13

    Deadline Day, Bly 5

    Fri. April 14

    Grading, Bly 5

    Mon. April 17

    Pitch review, Bly 6


    Wed. April 19

    Resumes/cover letters

    Thurs. April 20

    Tarbell Deadline Day No. 5


    Mon. April 24

    Grading, Tarbell 5


    Wed. April 26

    Tarbell Pitch Day No. 6

    Thurs. April 27

    Bly Deadline Day No. 6

    Fri. April 28

    Grading, Bly 6


     Mon. May 1


    Wed. May 3

    Wildcard Day

    Thurs. May 4

    Tarbell Deadline Day No. 6

    Fri. May 5

    OPTIONAL grading, Tarbell 6

    ----------Posted on December 30, 2016 by in 4806

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