Professor Atwater

Teaching Journalism/New Media at TU

Welcome back!

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Welcome back to campus! This WordPress site is the hub of all my journalism/new media classes. If you look at the menu bar, you should see your course listed. Make sure you check out this site every day before class. I’ll place announcements/things you ought to know, etc. here.

Happy Summer!

Two of my children gazing at the Atlantic Ocean up in Rhode Island. This photo was taken several years ago. (Photo by: John Anglim)

Two of my children gazing at the Atlantic Ocean up in Rhode Island. This photo was taken several years ago. (Photo by: John Anglim)

I just wanted to wish everyone a productive yet relaxing summer. I am not teaching summer courses, but I am always reachable by email if you have a question. See you in August!

How to publish your final project

This project may be your last obstacle standing in the way of summer. (Photo by: Your name/TU Student)

This project may be your last obstacle standing in the way of summer. (Photo by: Your name/TU Student)

Make sure you give your project a good headline that uses keywords and makes the visitors to your blog want to know more. Your summary blurb should be two to three sentences that make me want to watch your multimedia and read your feature story. Your video should be EMBEDDED below your blurb. You should also link to your feature story that is on a separate page.

Course Evaluations are online

stack of booksPlease make sure you complete an online course evaluation. Here is the link:

https://towson.campuslabs.com/courseeval/

Thank you!

Interested in attending graduate school?

gradschoolTowson University’s Center for Student Diversity will be hosting¬†two Graduate School Prep Workshops this week. ¬†You can attend and learn about the grad school process.
The same workshop will be held for 2 different sessions. Here are dates, times and location:

  • Tuesday, May 5 from 12-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 6 from 3-4 p.m.
  • Both sessions will be held in room 313 in the University Union.

WSJ Method Example

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This story published in the Sunday, April 29 NY Times is written in the WSJ method. Notice that the writer starts with an anecdotal lead, expands the story and then circles back to that person in the lead at the end. It’s an interesting trend story about working adults abusing Adderall.

Scholarship Opportunity for Future Broadcasters

reporterThe Chesapeake Broadcasters Association is offering a $2500 scholarship for sophomores, juniors and seniors who are attending colleges in Maryland and D.C. Details and rules can be found at www.capba.org. The application deadline is May 1, 2015.

Connecting with the Community

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The Communication Studies 422 class is putting on a conference on Friday, April 17 from 11-3 in Van Bokkelen 204. Come find out the best way to use Linked In and more about student groups for MCCS majors. Food will be provided!

Save the date for #TUjday15

tujday-social2The MCCS department will be celebrating journalism on March 4 with #TUjday15. Award-winning photojournalist and TU alum Patrick Smith will be the keynote speaker. You also have the opportunity to attend a panel on sports journalism at 12:30 that day.

#tujday-panel-DigiSign

Internships at ABC’s Washington Bureau

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If you’re interested in pursuing a career in broadcast news, you may want to check out these internships. Click here to find out more.

Looks like there is no stipend, so this internship would be best for students who live in the DC area.

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