COMS 104 assignments

General instructions:  Please number all your assignments and put them in order on your blog, with the most recent at the top.   Your work will not be graded if the assignments are not numbered and  if  your blog is not clear, legible and professional.  Be sure to take photos for  your original writing (speech coverage, professor research, professor authors, other issues).  

SUMMARY

  1. Profile   Classmate – General issues such as where are they from, major, etc.   First week.
  2. Fire story (in class)
  3. Harrower  p 66 #6 – Christmas Eve story    Due Sept. 15
  4. Ten leads  –  Write these 10 leads and rewrite to improve grade.  Due Sept 15
  5. Cover a  speech at RU – Due Sept 27 
  6. Web of Science research project  –   Due Oct. 7 —
  7. Auditor of public accounts  research
  8. In class lead – Poor mountain airplane accident  - Due Oct 9 in class  
  9.  Create a list of questions for the professor in #6  and prepare for interview.    Due Oct. 28.  
  10. Smoking on campus interviews – Oct. 28.
  11. Cover a meeting or sports event. See the book p. 108 and p. 110. Due Nov. 6 
  12. Feature stories:  Interview and write about the professor in #6   Due Nov.  20
  13. Election day (Nov. 5) –  Interview 5 students   One photo at least.  Due Nov. 6 
  14. Editorial or personal opinion column  –  See p. 134   Due  Dec. 4
  15. Press release   — See Ch. 10 Due  Dec. 4  

 Extra Credit  

  1. EC#1 — Tell a news or feature story about any person or group here at RU using photography, audio or video.       Due  Dec. 4 
  2. EC # 2 Audio story  –  Same as above but tell story using audio clips within the web site. Due  Dec. 4  
  3. EC #3 – Second Feature —  Faculty authors  .  Due  Dec.  4
  4. EC4 – Create an infographic as a followup to the APA memo, assignment 7.  Due  Dec. 4    

 

DETAILS ABOUT  SOME ASSIGNMENTS

1. Profile   Classmate – General issues such as where are they from, major, etc.   First week.

2. Fire story (in class)

3. Harrower  p 66 #6 – Christmas Eve story    Due Sept. 15

4. Ten leads  –  Write these 10 leads and rewrite to improve grade.  Due Sept 15

5. Cover a  speech at RU – Due Sept 27 

6.   Research project  –   Due Oct. 7 —  This is a research project where you’ll use three different online subscription databases.  Dont use a Google search — You need to connect directly to the main database page http://mozart.radford.edu/dbfinder/dbfinder/ and then:  

  • Open Web of Science and   pull the search terms menu to “Address”   Type in Radford University.  Then look for papers published by RU faculty.  Find one paper and summarize it in two paragraphs to prepare for an  interview with the faculty member.
  • Open Lexis / Nexis and go to News search.  Then open “advanced” and type “Radford University” (in quotes) into the search terms box.    Find a story to follow up on.

7.  Auditor of public accounts –  Download the latest APA comparative report and compare the city of Radford with your home town in seven basic areas — spending on police, fire, schools, parks, roads and libraries.     Due Oct 9 Rewrite instructions:  Please be sure to use per capita comparisons and not just dollar figures, which will seem meaningless. 

8.  In class leads - Due Oct 9 in class   

(After mid term)

9. Create a list of questions for the professor in #6  and prepare for interview.    Due Oct. 28.  

10.  Smoking on campus interviews – Oct. 28.  In class work, 3 RU students.   Email to Prof. K with photos on Oct. 28.  Get names, majors, year in school (junior, sr, etc).  One photo at least.

11. Cover a meeting or sports event. See the book p. 108 and p. 110. Due Nov. 6 

12.  Feature stories:  Interview and write about the professor in #6.   Read  Ch.6 before interviewing and writing.  Due Nov.  20

13.  Election day (Nov. 5) –  Interview 5 students.  Again, names, majors, year in school (junior, sr, etc).  One photo at least.  Due Nov. 6 

14.  Editorial or personal opinion column  –  See p. 134 Due  Dec. 4 

15.  Press release   — See Ch. 10 Due  Dec. 4  

 Extra Credit  

EC#1 — Tell a news or feature story about any person or group here at RU using photography, audio or video.   See Ch. 9.   Due  Dec. 4 

  • Tell the story with quotes and photos in a slideshow, or;
  • Or tell the story with video.
  • Be sure to include: Long shot; medium shot; close up;   extreme close up (for photo or video)
  • Be aware of framing issues/ Use objects in the foreground to show objects in the background (adds visual interest)
  • Be aware of the rule of thirds, 180 degree rule,  directionality, leading, and other video logic issues.
  • Sequences — At least three shots in sequence to help illustrate to story

EC # 2 Audio story  –  Same as above but tell story using audio clips within the web site. Due  Dec. 4  

EC #3 – Second Feature —  Faculty authors —  Read the book written by any of the following people, or any other RU or VT faculty authors,  and write a short summary. Then interview the author.  Due  Dec. 4   

EC4 – Create an infographic as a followup to the APA memo, assignment 7.  Due  Dec. 4