Fall 2017

class news

MCOM 341 students: Syllabus is here.

MCOM358 students: Syllabus is here. Exercises are online here. Gradebook is here. Follow me on Twitter for links to class-related readings, or search Twitter for the hashtag #mcom358.

contact, internships, independent studies

Need to get in touch with me? E-mail me

Interested in an internship? Start here. Then download my instructions for what you need to turn in to me at the end of the semester. You can find required evaluation forms and other materials at the Career Center website.

Need a letter of recommendation? Except in extenuating circumstances, it is my policy to provide recommendations for jobs on LinkedIn rather than to write individual letters. That way, you will be able to use my recommendation for multiple employers over a longer time period. Generally speaking, I will write a recommendation only after a student has completed at least one course with me with a grade of at least a B. If you meet that condition and you are required to get a letter for a job, internship or scholarship, please make sure that your request includes the following:

  • a list of the courses you took with me, what dates you took them, and what grades you received;
  • a description of the internship, scholarship or job; the date the position begins;
  • a current copy of your resume;
  • your current GPA; and
  • the deadline for the letter.

Email your request to me with the subject line "Request for letter of recommendation." Please note that I need at least two weeks to guarantee I will be able to deliver a letter.

Interested in an independent study? Most independent studies result in an original research report of 25 to 30 pages. Here's an example. You'll need to start with the form found on this page. Your proposal must be approved by me and the department chair before you can register and begin work.

Getting ready to look for a job? Spend some time thinking about this list of 50 common interview questions, and you'll increase your odds of landing the job.

recommended reading
Read about the challenges the press is facing in Winter Is Coming.

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Links

Editing for the Digital Age

Encyclopedia of Journalism

All the News

SitDown/ListenUp

Towson University Journalism and New Media

TU Journalism and New Media Facebook page

Online News Association

resume (PDF file)