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Vargas update

vargas posterIf 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 LA Times logoVargas 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.

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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:  http://www.sjsu.edu/writingcenter.

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: http://www.sjsu.edu/writingcenter/jobs.

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.

Job fair

Now that you’ve tuned up your resumes, you might want to head over to the campus Job Fair this Thursday, March 6.

The event, sponsored by the SJSU Career Center, will bring more than 100 employers to campus Thursday afternoon to discuss potential jobs and internships with students.

More than a third of the employers are offering internships … so this could be a great way to kickstart that internship hunt, or to get a lead on that first job after graduation. job fair

Covey to speak at JMC

Extra credit opportunity: Lou Covey, a 1974 SJSU Journalism graduate and former member of the Spartan Daily, will speak at JMC at 12 noon, Tuesday, March 19 (Room TBA).

Covey will discuss his newspaper and online career, and reflect on working with his JMC mentor, Dr. Dwight Bentel. Covey served as Dr. Bentel’s teaching assistant while attending SJSU.

For up to 15 points extra credit, you can write either: 1) a news story about his presentation or 2) a reflective essay on the media industry trends he discusses and how those trends could impact your planned career path. Your news story or essay should be 250-350 words; it is due by the start of class on Wednesday, March 20. (Yes, tight deadlines are a fact of life in the media fields.)

Read more about Covey and explore his website, Footwasher Media. You might want to get started by watching “Journalism is Dead,” a recent video commentary by Covey:

New study space

The SJSU Student Learning and Research Commons, a new student-only study space in the MLK Library, is now open.

The entrance to the SJSU Student Learning and Research Commons is located on the first floor of the library adjacent to the Children’s Room. Tower Cards are required for entrance into the Commons, which features laptops and iPads available for checkout, wireless internet, and a pay-to-print station.

During the spring term, the new Commons area will be open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Staff will be available during open hours to assist students with research.

A Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony, with complimentary coffee, snacks and hourly prizes, will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, starting at 1 p.m. Provost Ellen Junn and the University Library faculty and staff will be on hand to welcome SJSU students to the new space.

Welcome

Welcome to the class blog for MCom 100w, sections 1 & 2, for Spring ’13.

Here you’ll find links to the class schedule and descriptions of assignments, as well as information about grading and what it takes to pass this class.

Please review the syllabus and other information posted on this site. In particular, check out the Resources page — it contains a variety of helpful resources, including links to samples and examples.

MCom 100w is a lot of work, but it can also be fun. This semester you’ll need to write at least 8,000 words (that’s the required minimum to pass this class), and work at improving your media writing skills. You’ll write news stories, opinion pieces, reflective essays, memos and summaries, and you’ll hone your proofreading skills.

The ability to meet deadlines is a critical skill for those who plan to work in media-related fields. To succeed in this class, you’ll need to keep up with the assignments and hand them in on time. Don’t let yourself fall behind — that’s the surest route to a failing grade in this class.

If you get lost or don’t understand something, please speak up. You’re probably not the only one who’s pondering that question. And if you find you need some help, please ask … just ask early in the semester, not at the end, so there’s time for me to help you.

See you in class.

The afternoon crew

Posing beside the Japanese-American Internment Memorial in downtown San Jose — the site of our fall “field trip.”

MCom 100w students

The afternoon crew — MCom 100w, section 2.

Feeling entrepreneurial?

Then check out Catalog Spree and SVIC.

Catalog Spree: Joaquin Ruiz, CEO of Catalog Spree, will discuss “how to become an entrepreneur, and have fun doing it” this Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. in Washington Square Hall, Room 207.

Catalog Spree is the leading iPad and HTML5 catalog shopping experience. The company’s mission? Nothing less than “…defining the future of mobile shopping.”

Ruiz’s presentation is part of a fall lecture series put together by JMC graduate students in the new fall class, MCOM 215 – New Media Visionaries. The lecture series is dedicated to innovation, entrepreneurship, and how to bring an interactive product to market.

Kim Komenich, assistant professor – new media, who leads the class, notes that Ruiz’s LinkedIn profile says it all: “We’re Hiring!” (web developers and programmers, that is).

Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge: Consider taking part in the 2012 Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge, an event that gives you an opportunity to showcase your innovative business idea … and get valuable feedback from faculty, business professionals, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. The SVIC is open to all students, faculty and staff at SJSU.

The last day to submit your business idea is Friday, Nov. 16. The top business ideas will be showcased in the Barrett Ballroom on Dec. 6 from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

To sign up for the SVIC, please click here. (You can also sign up here to join the SVIC community so you can view and comment on the proposed business ideas.) For additional information or questions please contact Bobbi Makani-Lim with the SJSU College of Business at bobbi.makani@sjsu.edu.

Watch the debate

If you’re planning to watch the first presidential debate tonight (and I sure hope you are), you might want to consider joining other SJSU students and faculty at the downtown San Jose Hilton Hotel.

The SJSU political science club is hosting a debate party at the Hilton, starting at 5:30 p.m. The debate airs live from 6 to 7:30 pm. Expect some local media to be on hand for local reactions. (Yes, if you go, you could end up on the evening news.)

You could also write about the presidential debate for extra credit for this class. Please refer to the Assignments page of this blog and review the directions for Blog Post #6 (NPR interview) to get some ideas of things to watch for (and write about) while viewing the debate.

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