Week 5 – News Talk

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Looking Back

1.png Prepare: Here you are, in the final week of the final class you will take before graduating with a degree in journalism and mass communication. It is important that we take a moment to look back on the experience. Read Felix Salmon’s article, To All the Young Journalists Asking for Advice (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Next, read two response articles: Career Advice for Young Journalists: Don’t Take Older Journalists’ Career Advice (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.and ‘Don’t Take My Job,’ ‘Run Away’ Among Top Pieces of ‘Advice to Young Journalists.’ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
2.png Reflect: Take a day or two to reflect on the time you’ve spent pursuing this degree and getting to this point in your career.

· What have you learned about the responsibilities of those who are news media practitioners?

· How have your goals related to career aspirations changed?

· What three points of advice would you give to those who are pursuing a degree in this field related to how to make most out of their educational journey in preparing them for career opportunities?

3.png Write: After you have taken the time to reflect on your experience and on the advice given by other journalists, write a 250-word advice column to incoming freshman majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication. Be sure to incorporate at least three of the things you have learned about yourself and at least three of the things you would have done differently. Your column will be formatted like a news story. Review the resource document Formatting Stories and Blogs Preview the document for assistance on how to format your column in the discussion area.

Check it! Your post must be submitted through Grammarly Preview the document prior to submission.

4.png Respond to Peers: After you have written your initial post, read the posts of your peers and respond to at least three of them. Your responses should address them by name, be between 100 and 150 words in length, and include your name at the end.

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