Blogging assignment – s. 4

Section 4 students: Toward the end of last Tuesday’s class, I sent you out to observe the close of SJSU’s commemoration of the day 39 years ago when Tommy Smith and John Carlos raised their black-gloved fists during a medals ceremony at the 1968 Olympics. I told you to observe the scene and blog about it; I asked you to be descriptive and include at least one quote from someone involved in the event or at the scene.

Update News teamSome of you have already blogged about this event; others have not. If you want a little more information on it, you might want to watch this week’s Update News program — it’s the lead story.

You can find a link to Update News on the Spartan Daily website and on SJSU’s Academic Technology webcast page.

Also, here’s a description of the event from an email I received about it:

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007, marks the 39th Anniversary of Tommie Smith & John Carlos’ historic stand during the 1968 Olympics. In honor of the anniversary, the Associated Students in conjunction with several professors on campus have planned a noon hour lecture titled “Student Advocacy: Past and Present” to occur on the sculpture garden lawn, adjacent to the statue of Tommie Smith & John Carlos and Clark Hall. We will be using a small sound system to amplify the voices of our guest speakers (who are all SJSU professors and the AS President), and having a short drumming performance prior to the lecture. We expect about 100-150 students and staff to attend.

Please be sure to get your description of this event posted on your blog before next Tuesday’s class.

Being on time

I’m afraid Tuesday was the last straw for me. I’m beginning to feel like a dog owner… always having to open the door to let somebody in or out. Too many latecomers are interrupting the start of class…again, and again, and again.

So, I’m over it. Starting tomorrow, I will close the classroom door at 12:05 p.m. sharp. If you arrive after that, you’re out of luck. You’ll miss the class…no make-ups, no excuses, no more revolving door.

Broadcast writing

On the Lectures and Podcasts page, I’ve added links to downloadable pdf and rtf (rich text file) versions of the powerpoint that accompanied Tuesday’s lecture on Writing for Broadcast.

I’ll also post a podcast of that lecture as soon as possible, but be aware that it takes me a few hours to edit an audio file and my participation in today’s RTVJ Reunion activities is slowing me down.

Section 80 students: Please note I’ve added a short broadcast writing assignment to your class schedule and pushed back the due dates for this week’s assignments. 

Britney and Blackwater

In last Thursday’s class, as we reviewed some of your “Top New Stories,” one person asked a question that baffles so many of us: When there’s so much real news out there, why do the news media focus so much time and space on Britney Spears?

So we talked a bit about celebrity and that prominence news value, and I talked a bit about the era of Yellow Journalism and how we’ve been down this path before…and survived. (I always like to keep hope alive.)

Then the next morning, while reading the San Francisco Chronicle, I happened across a Mark Morford column that explained it all to me (at least as much as anything subtitled “Showdown! White-trash diva versus mercenary war thugs. Who rapes your spirit more?” could explain it).

In case that doesn’t do it for you, here are some online resources on Yellow Journalism: