You will be expected to be read the Atlanta Journal Constitution each day as well regularly monitor broadcast media. These sessions are not mandatory, but this individual attention will help your writing.
It is also the scale used in determining your final grade in the course: Sign up for one of the spots. You should feel free to discuss grades with me, especially as they relate to a specific assignment or quiz, at any time.
Mistakes in spelling, grammar, style and punctuation will be treated as technical errors. If you must know your final grade earlier than the usual reporting period, please provide me with a self-addressed, stamped post card or envelope.
In the interests of privacy, I will not post grades. I will record your grade and mail it the day grades are determined. All the following will add up to count the same as one publishable story: In addition all students must familiarize themselves with the AP Stylebook and use that style on all stories handed in.
You should plan to back up your files and allow extra time before the deadline for possible computer, roommate, dog, car or other extracurricular problems. These minute conferences are outside my regular office hours. Unexcused late work is not accepted and will be given a zero.
Also keep a portfolio of all your work so you can better monitor your own progress and have a nice record of what you accomplished during the class. This participation will count towards your grade. During the first five weeks every student must read all of The Elements of Style.
Time will be best spent in pre-writing and or rewriting discussions. You will be writing on deadline, but will be given an opportunity to rewrite each story.
Have a paper copy of all assignments you hand in. Absolutely no food or drink is allowed in the computer lab. There will be spot quizzes to test how well you are keeping abreast of current events regionally, nationally and internationally. Finals Week Once finals week begins in December, I prefer that grade discussions cease.
The goal will be to produce nine publishable or broadcast ready quality stories by the end of the semester. This will protect both you and me if something is lost. Course Outline and Reading Assignments You will be expected to have read the text assignments before the day on which they are listed here.
Story selection, coverage of the beat, and ultimate team output will be considered. Every writer needs an editor. Printer failures and computer crashes are not acceptable excuses.
Some early assignments will not be assigned a letter grade so you will have an opportunity to get up to speed on writing and style. We must be ready when it comes to deadlines. Once you know how to get it right, speed should follow.
I will have time slots for every 10 minutes from Provisions can be made for those exceptional times when you will not be able to attend class, but advance notice must be given and permission must be received from me preferably by email.
All stories and class exercises must be typed, double-spaced, on soft-surface paper. However, the more time you focus on discussing your writing, the better are the chances your writing will improve and consequentially the more likely you will be to improve your grades.
In general, the following scale will apply to all major stories submitted. However, during some of the writing sessions using cell phones will be allowed if their use is directly related to reporting for stories at hand.
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