MCom 100w

Writing Workshop

Seats still available? Maybe

I may have spoken too soon when I said I’d have no room to add any juniors to this class, since I had four seniors and only two openings. Well, it turns out that one of those seniors hasn’t yet taken the WST — one down. And one or two others aren’t quite as “senior” as they first appeared.

So if you’re still trying to get into MCOM 100W this semester, please email me. I might just have one more opening.

Spring 2015 hello

Welcome to the home page for MCOM 100W, section 2. We’re scheduled to meet in DBH 222 on Mondays and Wednesdays at 3 p.m.

While you’re here, please look around the site. On this blog, you’ll find the syllabus, class schedule and descriptions of the assignments, as well as links to resources that could help you prepare for and complete the assignments.

You’ll find my contact information and office hours on the instructor page.

Since I’m also the undergraduate adviser for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, it can be difficult to get in to see me during my regular advising hours. So I will reserve the half hour immediately after our class (M/W 4:15-4:45 p.m.) to meet with you.

I’m always happy to help, so feel free to stop by or email me if you have a question about an assignment, or whatever, or if you run into a problem.

P.S. As of today, I still have a few spaces open in this class … probably because SJSU didn’t list it in the spring class schedule, so a lot of students don’t know it’s here. I will give preference to seniors.

Extra credit options

The last day to submit anything for extra credit for this class is Monday, Dec. 8. As previously noted, you can submit up to 30 points worth of extra credit.

Your extra credit options are:

  • Copy Edit the World: You are required to submit 30 points worth of Copy Edit the World (with your corrections) for this class. If you get on a roll, you can submit up to 15 more points worth of Copy Edit the World for extra credit.
  • Common Sayings: Look up the meaning and origins of up to three common sayings (or unusual phrases). Each one is worth five points for up to 15 points extra credit. One that we discussed in class was “a long row to hoe,” which turned out not to mean or be spelled the way most of you expected. For a good example of this option, you might want to check out Colette’s recent “sayings” submission on her blog.
  • IMHO: Write a second In My Humble Opinion. (See the assignments page for specifics of this option.)
  • Letter to the Editor: Write a letter to the editor to the Spartan Daily or a local newspaper (or to the CSU Board of Trustees or your state legislator). Your letter should be 125-250 words; it’s worth up to 15 points). If you’re looking for topic inspiration, check out these two articles:


Field trip


Field trip

Today, after practicing a little wordplay in class, we’ll head over to the Japanese-American Internment Memorial, which is located just a few blocks from campus at the Second Street entrance to the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building.

What’s due

If you didn’t finish your scholarly journal article summary in Monday’s class, please submit it Wednesday, along with the Library Scavenger Hunt assignment. Be sure to attach a copy of the first page of your scholarly journal article to your summary.

Submit both assignments as hard copies — do not post them on your blogs.


Yes, it’s jury duty

Yes, I do have to report for possible jury duty Wednesday morning, Sept. 24, so our class is canceled.

I’ll keep you posted, but I’m assuming I will be back for class on Monday … when your news story assignment is due.

You were supposed to submit your first 10 points of Copy Edit the World tomorrow. If you were planning to publish them on your blog, please go ahead and do that by the end of the week. If you were planning to hand them in as hard copies, just bring them to class on Monday.

Greetings from jury duty. Wish you were here

News story assignment

You’ve had some practice writing leads and a short news story in class. Now it’s time to write a news story that will be fully graded.

I’ve posted a link to the fact sheet for the News Story assignment, which is due next Monday, Sept. 29, on both the class schedule and on the assignments page. Please check the assignments page to review the requirements for this assignment. (Note: It’s the third item listed under the Outside Writing Assignments heading.)

This is a shortish new story. Make it around 200 words, which is about a page double-spaced.

Do not post this assignment on your blog. Print it out and submit it in class Monday as a hard copy.

Editing practice

Your first 10 points worth of Copy Edit the World is due Wednesday, so it’s time to get in some practice. Check out the images posted below to see if you can spot the errors.

If you find an error, click on the “comments” link at left and write a comment identifying and correcting the error. Each error is worth 2 points extra credit, and the first person to get it right gets the points.

The two print items have one sneaky error each; the ad contains several errors. (One error per person, please. Give someone else a chance to earn some extra credit too.)

typo exampletypo example 2  errors in ad
Good work so far, but there are still a couple errors left to find. Good luck!

DBH reopens

I’ll see you in DBH 224 for Wednesday’s class. Dwight Bentel Hall has been cleared for occupancy, so we’ll be back on our home turf this week.

Dwight Bentel HallHere are excerpts from an email about DBH’s reopening from Andy Feinstein, Provost and VP of Academic Affairs at SJSU:

I am pleased to report that Dwight Bentel Hall (DBH) will reopen on Tuesday Sept. 2. Classes scheduled for DBH will resume there on Tuesday….

Repair crews have completed virtually all repairs related to water damage that resulted from a steam valve leak. (A few remedial steps remain, but they should not materially affect building occupants.)

Independent air quality tests on Wednesday determined that being inside DBH poses “… no greater risk of exposure to fungal spores than the general public walking on campus in the outdoor air.”

I am grateful to FD&O staff and the work crews that worked diligently to address this situation, and to the affected faculty, staff and students for their patience.

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