COURSE and ASSIGNMENT REQUIREMENTS:
• GOOD GRAMMAR. You must be fluent in English or you will flunk.
• Faithful attendance. Because of the extremely condensed nature of the class, if you miss a day--regardless of reason, you cannot pass. MAXIMUM grade with a half day’s absence will be a 'B." You cannot make up assignments missed.
· Email and Fax assignments not accepted.
• Be on time for class. I take this personally and being late is the quickest way to get on my
bad side. Two times late equal one absence. If you are more than 15 minutes late, it equals an absence.
· Adoption of a mass communications professional who uses Twitter in your major. Interview and Tweet to entire class viewpoints for in-class discussion the day before your five-minute class presentation. Information on potential professionals and industries provided first day of class.
· Three-page summary paper comparing two of in-class speakers with information from
· adopted tweeters. Information on first day of class. This will be graded on the basis of grammar, punctuation, spelling and how well you analyze and draw your conclusions.
· Daily Tweets on combined class Twitter site #clarkclass about class speakers and issues.
· Comments on class blog reading, by assigned deadlines.
· Twitter Top Ten project paper, completed during holiday break and before final. Discovery and analysis of ten twitter Internet links and their influence on the twitterverse. Five-page paper, plus sources. Due on day of final. Information on first day of class. This will be graded on the basis of grammar, punctuation, spelling and how well you analyze and draw your conclusions.
· Final test.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES for three-page paper and Top ten paper: No fancy covers. First page includes your name, date, subject title. Fourth page lists sources contacted. Paper to be stapled in upper left hand corner. All work, except in class exercises, must be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman or Palatino typeface, on one side of the paper, with 1” or 1 1/2"
margins. Follow Associated Press style. Make sure your toner is readable (dark). Work will
not be accepted unless it complies with these guidelines. E-mail submissions allowed only
on designated assignments.
DEADLINES: Must be met. Absolutely. Period. End of Discussion. Journalism is a deadline
business. Accordingly, late work will not be accepted. Don’t bother to hand it in—you get a
“0” grade. Absence is no excuse.
GRADING SCALE: 100-91--A; 90-81--B; 80-70--C; 60-69—D
· Daily Tweets on class Twitter site—100 points--20 percent
· Adoption and posts of professional Tweeters and presentation--100 points--20 percent
· Paper on speakers--100 points—20 percent
· In-class assignments--50--10 percent
· Twitter top ten project paper—100 points—20 percent
· Final Test—50 points--10 percent
· Total Points—500
· (Points are subject to change reflecting class activities. Final scale will be posted last day of class.)