Practicum

Journalism Practicum - Spring 2014
Mount Angel Seminary
St. Benedict, Oregon

Course Description:
The purpose of this practicum is to generate content and materials for the MAS Journalism blog, the website of Mount Angel Seminary, and other seminary publications.

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Assignments:

Group Meetings: We will meet as a class several times over the semester.  These meeting will focus on materials and strategies you can use for work this semester and in the future.

Appointments with Sister Hilda: You will meet individually with Sister Hilda several times over the semester.  You will come to these appointments prepared to report on the progress on your current project or projects, to ask questions, and to discuss strategies for successfully completing the project.

Shelf Talkers: You will complete two shelf talkers for the Abbey Bookstore; you will receive a separate assignment sheet about the shelf talkers.

Student-Selected Project: You will complete one project of your own choosing over the semester.  The project will be determined during your initial appointment with Sister Hilda, during which you will sign an agreement indicating your project for the semester.

Professor-Selected Project: You will complete one (or more!) projects of Sister Hilda's choosing over the semester.  The project will be determined during your initial appointment with Sister Hilda, during which you will sign an agreement indicating your project for the semester.

Extra Credit News Briefs: Sister Hilda will give a 1% raise to your grade for each additional 200-word publishable news brief submitted by the end of the semester.

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Grades: 

Group Meetings: 10%
Appointments with Sister Hilda: 10%
Shelf Talkers: 10%
Student-Selected Project: 35%
Professor-Selected Project: 35%

Because each of you will be working on different projects over the semester, there is not a general rubric that will fit all of you.  However, generally speaking, your grade for a project reflects the following criteria:

A: This project is ready to be published, posted on the blog, or distributed to the wider community without any further revisions.  The reporting is solid, the piece is well organized, the style is enjoyable, and it is free of typographical and grammatical errors.

B: This project is ready to be published, posted on the blog, or distributed to the wider community after some further attention from your editor at the sentence level, usually small grammatical or typographical  corrections.  The reporting is already solid, the piece is already well-organized, and the style is already enjoyable.

C: This project needs significantly more work in the areas of reporting and organization before sentence-level issues of style and grammar may be addressed.  Without further work, it will not be published.