It’s the last day of class … that must be why everyone looks so happy.
When we visited the visited the Japanese-American Internment Memorial in downtown San Jose last week, you probably thought we were talking about the history, looking at the past. But the next morning, I found this headline on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle: “Japanese Americans’ furor blocks internment-era artifact auction.”
The story opens: “Facing anguished protests from Japanese Americans, an auction house late Wednesday canceled Friday’s planned sale of 450 artworks and mementos from the camps where the United States held 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry during World War II.”
A follow-up story was published the next day: “Backlash cancels auction of internment camp item.”
As promised, here are some extra credit options for this class. As previously noted, you can submit up to 30 points worth of extra credit.
The last day to submit an extra credit assignment is Monday, May 11.
Your extra credit options are:
A leading authority on social media, Bryan Kramer, will be the keynote speaker at the Spuler Integrated Communications Summit, to be held April 22 at SJSU.
Kramer is CEO of PureMatter, a marketing consulting firm. An active blogger, he is a featured contributor to SocialMediaToday.com, Business 2 Community, and the IBM Smarter Commerce blog. He has been listed as a Global Top CEO Influencer on Social Media by Kred and named a Top 25 Influencer by Forbes, and has worked as a senior advertising account executive, interactive planner/strategist and marketing consultant for some of the Bay Area’s largest marketing firms.
The Spuler Summit, which will be held in the SJSU Student Union ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will also include three panel sessions and a “Meet Us After School” job/internship fair. The panel sessions will focus on topics related to integrated communications in public relations, journalism, marketing and advertising.
The event is named for Phil and Dean Spuler, who met at SJSU in the late 1940s as staff members of the Spartan Daily newspaper and the La Torre yearbook. In 2008, the Spuler estate created an endowed fund for media ethics at the SJSU School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
It’s not just your imagination — you do remember more of what you read when you read it in print, instead of onscreen.
And that’s why, according to a recent study reported in the Washington Post, most Millennials prefer real books to e-books.
Why are real books better than digital versions? It’s because we tend to skim when we “read” online articles and digital books. We also tend to experience more distractions (social media, email, etc.).
Naomi S. Baron, an American University linguist who studies digital communication, said she found “jaw-dropping” results when she asked students whether they were more likely to multitask when reading in hard copy (1 percent), as compared to reading on-screen (90 percent). Baron also cited research showing readers spend a little more than one minute on a Web page, and only 16 percent of people read word-by-word.
Skimming, plus a lot of distractions, adds up to poor recall and low comprehension.
A similar problem crops up when students take notes on laptops. According to a 2014 article published in Scientific American, “New research by Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer demonstrates that students who write out their notes on paper actually learn more.”
Why? According to Mueller and Oppenheimer, students using laptops can take notes “in a fairly mindless, rote fashion, with little analysis or synthesis by the brain.” That does not promote understanding or retention of information.
On the other hand, when you take notes by hand, you can’t possibly take down every single word. Instead, you’re forced to listen closely, digest the information, and then summarize it in your own words. Doing that improves both your understanding and your retention of the information in question.
In another study, Mueller and Oppenheimer found that students who took notes longhand, and studied from those notes before a test, did better on the test than those who took notes on computer.
The takeaway: Read books and take longhand notes, and you’ll do better in class.
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We will indeed be going to the MLK Library for a library research overview session this Wednesday, however we will be meeting in Room 213, not 125.
As noted on the class schedule, please download the Library Scavenger Hunt assignment and bring it with you (on your laptop or as a print-out) to the library session. Librarian Toby Matoush will point you to the answers for many of the questions in this assignment, which is now due Wednesday, March 4.
Also, I’ve added links to the News Story assignment on both the assignments page and the class schedule page. I’ve pushed back the due date for this assignment to Monday, March 2. Submit this assignment in class as a hard copy; do not post it on your blog.
If you were on campus last March, I hope you got to attend the West Coast debut of “Documented,” a film about US immigration by Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist who is also an undocumented immigrant.
Vargas was awarded the School’s 2014 Hearst Foundation Award that night, and spoke to a large crowd of students, faculty and community members after the screening.
His film was broadcast nationally on CNN in June.
Now, Vargas is continuing his focus on immigration in a new venue: He is partnering with the Los Angeles Times to create a new section of the Times website devoted to race, immigration and multiculturalism. The Vargas/LA Times partnership will be called #EmergingUS.
In a recent article on CNN Money, Vargas described the new venture as “a multimedia platform that, through articles, original videos, shareable data and graphics, will focus on the intersection of race, immigration and identity and the complexities of multiculturalism.” In addition to the website, #EmergingUS will also produce videos and hold events.
Because Vargas is not a U.S. Citizen, the LA Times could not legally hire him. So, said Austin Beutner, the publisher and CEO of the Times, the media company decided to develop a business partnership with him instead.