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.)
- September: Visit The Newseum (a news museum) in
Washington DC (Saturday, Sept 20... Bus ticket is about $20, admission
to the museum is about $8 for students. I'll provide precise costs once
we have a headcount. Bus leaves from SHU about 5am, and returns late
that same night.)
- October: EL200 students will sponsor a public event (perhaps a debate between College Democrats and College Republicans, or a celebration of the First Amendment, or something else entirely)
- October-early November:
Attend a local political event and write a 400-words story (coordinate
with peers so we don't have everyone covering the same event)
- Nov 4: Election Day (plan some time to follow the coverage, online and on TV)
- December: A 600-word evergreen story with a 200-word sidebar. (The idea is to build up a bank of stories that The Setonian can draw
from for its first issue in the spring semester, or future Summer
Setonian or Welcome Back issues. An "evergreen" story is a topic that will remain "fresh" for publication anytime -- no stories about winter, exams, Christmas, or New Year.)
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 work to Turnitin.com. Unless a homework assignment specifically mentions a printout, you may assume that I don't want a hard copy.