Learning Associated Press style is a crucial part of this course. Associated Press style is used at almost every newspaper in the nation, as well as at many television and radio stations. Public relations and media relations representatives also often use Associated Press style. In order to help you learn AP style, you will work in groups to develop a presentation of your assigned chapters. Each presentation should include a brief “lecture” with PowerPoint slides (or other visual aid) that covers the most important entries. We will go over these entries in class before your presentation. Your lecture portion should include examples for the chosen entries, and be no more than 10 minutes. The presentation also should include some type of learning activity to reinforce what your classmates learned from your lecture. Activities in previous classes included bingo games and game show-type contests, similar to Jeopardy and Family Feud. You will have up to 30 minutes for your entire presentation. Grades for this assignment will be based on assessment from your group partners and the instructor. The AP presentations are worth 100 points.
Many organizations — those in the media and beyond — engage consumers through blogs. For the second half of our class, each student will create a professional-looking blog on a news topic of his or her choosing (e.g technology, sports, local news) and make at least two posts each week. Weeks will begin when class ends on Mondays and end the following week when class starts. Posts cannot be made within 24 hours of each other. Each post should contain at least four complete sentences, giving some sort of an analysis or evaluation of a current topic relevant to your blog, and must link to another blog or Web site that contains information regarding your post. More details will be discussed later in class.
Each blog post is worth 10 points (for a total of 20 each week). Grades will be assigned based on the appropriateness of the post (news judgment) as well as correct grammar, punctuation, and AP style.