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MC102: Lecture 1 Introduction

May 22, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: teaching journalism.

Welcome to MC 102, Writing for the Mass Media. This course is designed to teach you some of the techniques of good writing in a professional media environment. It also introduces you to the major forms of writing for the mass media. In this section you will learn a little more about the course content • Read More »

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JPROF: New look, new location

May 22, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: JPROF, teaching journalism.

JPROF has been around for more than eight years, but this month (May 2013) we made some changes:

• We switched from a pure HTML base to a content management system (Wordpress). About time.
• We thus acquired a new look. The theme is Canvas from Woo Themes.
• We’re in the process of getting ourselves re-organized. That may take a bit of time, but we’re working on it.

The change-over wasn’t easy, but we have tried to preserve all of the content that viewers come to expect. If you can’t find something you need or you’ve seen here before, let us know (jgstovall@gmail.com).

There is also a lot of new material that never has appeared on JPROF.com before. We consolidated content from other sites, mainly JN-21.com, the educational resources site of the Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN). We hope all this makes it easier for those who want to teach and learn journalism.

Thanks very much for visiting JPROF.com.

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Exercise: Writing headlines and summaries 02

May 21, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: exercises, headlines, teaching journalism.

This exercise includes two of the stories in exercise 7.4, page 187, of Writing for the Mass Media (7th ed). Instructors: The purpose of this exercise is to provide students with some practice in writing headlines and summaries for the web. Students: Write headlines and summaries for the stories below. You should read Headline writing • Read More »

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Exercise: Writing headlines and summaries 01

May 21, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: exercises, headlines, teaching journalism.

This exercise includes two of the stories in exercise 7.3, page 186, of Writing for the Mass Media (7th ed). Instructors: The purpose of this exercise is to provide students with some practice in writing headlines and summaries for the web. More writing for the web exercises can be found lower on this page. Students: • Read More »

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Exercise: Headline writing for the web 04

May 21, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: exercises, headlines, teaching journalism.

Instructions Instructors: The purpose of this exercise is to provide students with some practice in writing headlines for the web. Headlines, in the words of Jakob Nielsen, should be “pearls of clarity.“ Students: In the spaces on the right, write headlines for the stories below. You should read Headline writing for the web before starting • Read More »

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Exercise: Headline writing for the web 03

May 21, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: exercises, headlines, teaching journalism.

Instructions Instructors: The purpose of this exercise is to provide students with some practice in writing headlines for the web. Headlines, in the words of Jakob Nielsen, should be “pearls of clarity.“   Students: In the spaces on the right, write headlines for the stories below. You should read Headline writing for the web before • Read More »

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Exercise: Headline writing for the web 02

May 21, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: exercises, headlines, teaching journalism.

Instructions Instructors: The purpose of this exercise is to provide students with some practice in writing headlines for the web. Headlines, in the words of Jakob Nielsen, should be “pearls of clarity.“   Students: In the spaces on the right, write headlines for the stories below. You should read Headline writing for the web before • Read More »

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Exercise: Headline writing for the web 01

May 21, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: exercises, headlines, teaching journalism.

Instructions Instructors: The purpose of this exercise is to provide students with some practice in writing headlines for the web. Headlines, in the words of Jakob Nielsen, should be “pearls of clarity.” Students: In the spaces on the right, write headlines for the stories below. You should read Headline writing for the web before starting • Read More »

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HTML tags

May 21, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: teaching journalism.

Even if you never come close to programming a web site (and that’s a big IF), you need to know would basic HTML tags. HTML stands for hypertext mark-up language, and that is the basic language that tells a web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc.) what to do with a web site or web page.

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Answers: Subject-verb agreement 03

May 20, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: exercises, teaching journalism.

Subject-verb agreement exercise 03 1. Laughter and joy always punctuate the child’s shrieks. Compound subjects joined by the conjunction “and” usually take plural verbs. In this sentence, “laughter” and “joy” are the subjects of the sentence. 2. Neither the team nor the coach was satisfied with the victory. Compound subjects joined by the conjunction “or” • Read More »

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