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Schedule updates

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.




Writing Center

good-writing-is-hard-workIf grammar is not your game, and I’m starting to bug you about writing problems such as sentence fragments and passive voice, you might to consider visiting the SJSU Writing Center. Located in Clark Hall, the Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring, skill-building workshops, and online writing resources. Check them out at:

If, on the other hand, writing is your game — and your writing, editing and communication skills are pretty darn stellar — you might be interested to know that the Writing Center is planning to hire some new tutors. Here’s the link to the center’s jobs page:

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

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

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.

Finding our way

It’s clear that you all have pretty good skills of deduction, since you found ENG 301 for today’s class, despite the error in my previous blog post. Like you, I was left wondering if the Engineering Building had a basement. Fortunately, I ran into a 100W student who’d already figured out it probably should be Room 301, not Room 30 … or I might still be wandering the halls.

Thank you for your patience as we work around the temporary closure of Dwight Bentel Hall. As I receive new information about the building and such, I will keep you posted via this blog and emails.

New classroom

They’ve found a classroom we can use until Dwight Bentel Hall is cleared for occupancy. It’s Room 30 (oops, that’s Room 301) in the Engineering Building.

I’ll see you there on Wednesday.

This just in

Welcome to the class blog for MCOM 100w, section 1. It looks like we’re going to have a rocky start.

The big news is that we will not be meeting in DBH 224 tomorrow due to recent water damage in the building. Instead, you will be directed to go to the new Student Union Ballrooms A and B to look for me at a table with our classroom number on it (e.g., DBH 224). We will probably reconvene outside somewhere nearby for the day, and then see where they decide put us for Wednesday’s class.

In the meantime, you can find information about this class — including the syllabus, class schedule and assignments — on this blog. You can download a pdf copy of the course syllabus from the syllabus page of this blog. Or click below:

>> Download_fall ’14 syllabus (pdf) <<

Please check this blog regularly, as the class schedule, assignments and due dates can change. If they do, those changes will be noted on the class schedule in orange so they’ll be easy to spot.

Throughout the semester, I expect you to write like an entry-level media professional — that is, I expect your writing to be accurate, clear and concise. If you have any unresolved writing issues, this is the semester to work them out. Don’t make me resort to “vandalism.”


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