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COM 110 Media Writing

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    MichaelSkube, Lellis, Sarah Peterson, Elma Sabo, Colin Donohue
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    Lots of Writing

    Always Do the Reading

    Many Small Assignments

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    Mar 24, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Whenever there's the word "writing" in the course title, it's safe to assume the courseload is primarily going to be writing and there's going to be a lot of that. With that in mind, I chose to take it over the course of my January-term class since I wanted to put 110% into the course to get the best grade possible and really focus on learning the skills of media writing. We did over 30 writing assignments over the course of 3 weeks and read the entire textbook but I never felt as if I was in over my head thanks to the careful guidance of the professor (Colin). I came out of Media Writing with stronger writing skills that pertained to the field of journalism and a better sense of where I wanted to take my skills following my graduation (June 2020).

    Course highlights:

    Media writing is a different ballpark than academic writing and learning to keep articles simple, short, and factual was a far cry from what has been instilled in me for me entire life as a student. I found it difficult at first to only include the bare minimum but I left the course realizing that despite a "minimalist" approach helped me read through lots of information and only include what's truly relevant in both journalism as well as academic papers.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    You need lots of time to take this course if you want to do well. The reading usually took a little over an hour each night and then I would make flashcards to go along with the key terms. Doing this really helped me when it came time to the final exam because I did the work in steady increments. Also, there are several out-of-class assignments that needed to be completed within a certain time constraint and you don't always know when they're going to come. An open daily schedule is most ideal when signing up for the course.

    • Winter 2017
    • Colin Donohue
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Dec 05, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Sabo is a very easy grader who gives clear outlines of her expectations. She loves creativity, unlike most journalism professors who want formal, AP-style, robotic articles. She lets you make your own decisions about topics. A lot of writing is required for this course, so prepare to maintain a Twitter, personal blog on a topic of your choosing, and produce 1-3 articles weekly, although they are not long in length. Her lectures are monotonous and boring so try not to take the 8AM, but she's incredibly sweet and supportive.

    Course highlights:

    I learned how to do advanced news releases, provide live Twitter coverage of social and political events, curate news to form my own customized blog, meet deadlines and provide unique perspectives. She focuses heavily on AP style so it definitely helped me with that.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Plan to write a lot, but shorter pieces and a much looser rubric for topic and form. You learn to write for television, radio, newspapers, magazines, social media, blogs and more. I would recommend to any communications major.

    • Fall 2015
    • Elma Sabo
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Many Small Assignments Participation Counts
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    Nov 21, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It's a difficult class for beginner's but it's very based in English so it's easy to catch onto.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot about basic communication and we focused heavily on pronunciation.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study throughout the semester! Don't wait until you have a quiz or it will be overwhelming.

    • Fall 2016
    • Sarah Peterson
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments Participation Counts

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