Welcome to Journalism 61, s. 80

If you’ve found your way to this blog, it’s probably because you’ve signed up (or are thinking about signing up) for Journalism 61, section 80. Or perhaps you followed the link from my SJSU faculty page, or from one of my other class blogs.

In any case, welcome to the class blog for Journalism 61, section 80.

As you may have gathered, Journalism 61, s. 80, is a fully online class. There are no scheduled class meetings, and most of your assignments will be submitted online. Other than the textbook, all class materials are on this blog — that includes the syllabus, class schedule, resources and links to assignments. Please feel free to poke around — just understand that I’m in the process of updating some of the links.

At the start of the semester, I will email all students enrolled in this class and ask them to set up their own blog to use for this class (the “Getting Started” link at the top of this page explains how to do that). In this class, you will submit most of your assignments on your blog. I will read your assignments on your blog, and I will use your blog’s “comment” feature to critique your assignments and coach you on how to improve your writing.

To succeed in an online class like this, it helps to be organized, self-motivated, and able to work independently. Specifically, the key to doing well in this class is to complete all of the assignments on time, and to rewrite any assignments where your grade is below a “B.” (Yes, I encourage rewrites because I think it helps you improve your writing.)

If you run into problems with any of the assignments, I’m always happy to meet with you on campus during my office hours (M/W), or to talk with you via email, phone, or chat.