Hello, reporter!

We’re about to meet for the first time in person, but now — while things are still relatively quiet — I thought I would welcome you to a space you’ll be spending a lot of time in this semester: my blog. This is where you will find almost everything you need to read to be prepared for class. Here, I have posted (at the top, under “About Reporting”):

  • the syllabus
  • the lecture schedule (still incomplete)
  • the grading rubric (“how we grade”)
  • information about the multimedia project
  • information about the graduate student project
  • information about plagiarism
  • information about requesting documents under the Sunshine Law
  • Do-It-Yourself links to helpful advice about multimedia reporting

Quite soon, I will also begin posting thoughts about journalism — yours and others from various news sources — as well as discussion questions, new resources and links to examples of great/not-so-great journalism.

I may also post an ethical question for you to consider. Or a cartoon from The New Yorker. Depends.

The best way to stay on top of all of this is to SUBSCRIBE to this blog. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the blog and look to the left: You can just sign up to be notified via your favorite email address that I have just blogged.

If you follow me on Twitter, you will know when I have posted. Follow me at reedkath.

For now, just read this blog post from a reporter from last semester who had some very smart things to say about this class. Here’s a good thing to remember as you get started in this class:

Don’t shy away during the first few weeks. The editors want you to succeed. They will be tough on you but that’s not because they do not like you–it’s because they want you to write the best article possible.

This is true, Constance. Thank you for saying it.

See you all soon.

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One Response to Hello, reporter!

  1. Dive right in…

    Words of advice I ignored the first time I tried taking this class. The stress of being behind is completely worse than the anxiety of diving in. I know.

    Glad to have a fresh start and this time I’ll hit the ground running.

    Thanks for the orientation. You guys are a well-oiled machine!

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