5. Course Requirements
Because a small core of dedicated students can burn out if others in the organization do not share the load, the course asks you to demonstrate your willingness and ability to participate in the group effort to publish the voice of the student body, and in so doing to serve the entire Seton Hill community.
- Contribute substantially to each issue of the paper. Shortly after each print issue comes out, submit a brief reflection (in the form a 400-words news story, including quotations from your peers and supervisors) on your contributions to the paper. (These are the "Portfolio" assignments, which typically also include other short assignments.)
- Unit 1: Basic journalism skills: The editorial (for those new to the class) and advanced editing practice (for those who already know the basics)
- Unit 2: Basic Audio Skills
- April: A 600-word "evergreen" story with a 200-word sidebar.
- Evergreen: A story with a long shelf life (no references to snow, the Steelers' superbowl aspirations, Obama's first 100 days in office, etc.)
- Sidebar: A shorter article related to, and printed alongside, a longer one. (Maybe the article is about a new building, and the sidebar would have brief paragraphs, culled from the archives, about the opening of other important buildings on campus.)
Students holding positions of responsibility on the Setonian (or the Setonian Online) may be eligible for work-study funding. If the work you get paid to do also helps meet your EL 200 requirements, that's fine with me.
I will often send out bulk e-mails to the address on file for you in the J-Web system. If you check a different address more regularly, please use SHU's e-mail forwarding service so that you don't miss important updates.
Submit your portfolios and exercies to Turnitin.com. All students will have a SHU weblog, where they will post responses to assigned readings. Since journalism is rapidly moving away from print and towards the the 21st century, unless a homework assignment specifically mentions a printout, you may assume that I do not want a hard copy.