Requirements and suggestions

The flipped classroom

I will be experimenting this term with a new style of teaching called flipping the classroom. Lecturing, as you may have discovered, is not always the best way to teach someone how to do something. Instead, for most of the semester, for homework you’ll do (relatively) short readings and watch screencast lectures showing you how to perform specific tasks. Then, we’ll discuss—and I mean discuss, not sit there and listen to me pontificate—what you can accomplish with such tasks and how they relate to writing and publishing. We also will be doing numerous short writing projects in class, and your homework in many cases will prepare you for these projects. For more information on flipped classrooms, this and this are handy introductions.

Required books:

Christian, D.; Jacobsen, S.; and Minthorn, D. (eds.) (2011). The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law. New York: Perseus Group. (which you should have from 3410) Or a subscription to the online version.

Briggs, M. (2012). Journalism Next (2nd ed.) Thousand Oaks, Ca.: CQ Press.

Williams, J.M. and Colomb, G.G. (2010). Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (10th ed.) New York: Longman.

NOTE: The Stylebook is available as an online subscription; the Clark book can be gotten as a Kindle book. The Williams book is available as an e-book. Always get the cheapest option and the one with which you feel most comfortable.

Required tools:

As per Journalism Department requirements, you will need to have a still/video camera and an audio recorder that meet the standards set in this link. Here’s another link if the first is broken. If you have a DSLR or mirrorless camera that records video, that’s great, but you still need a recorder. If you really want to use your iPhone, that’s okay (as a recorder; it won’t cut it as a camera), but you’ll need a mic attachment like this one.

Strongly recommended accessories:

Small tripod SD card with a minimum of 16GB of memory for the camera SD or microSD card with a minimum of 1GB of memory for the recorder Extra battery Speaker cord with 3.5mm jacks to connect recorder/mic to camera Portable external hard drive with at least 500GB of memory Help! for Writers app, iOS

Required (free) online accounts:

Google: You will be using Google Docs to submit and edit stories.

Twitter: You will be connecting to potential sources, opinion leaders, and each other via the Twitters. I’d prefer you use your own account but you can create one specifically for this class if you really don’t want me or other folks to follow you.

WordPress: We will be posting and commenting to a WordPress blog.

UGA: All official correspondence will take place via your email account. Check it every day.


Evernote: Amazing organizational software that syncs among computers and devices. I’ll show examples of how to use it to keep your material organized and suggest others. 

Pocket or Instapaper: Great tools for clipping and saving stories from the Web.


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