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Required Course Materials:

** Textbooks can be purchased in the SU bookstore or online.

  • Briggs, Mark. (2016). Journalism Next: A Practical Guide to Digital Reporting and Publishing (3rd ed.). (ISBN: 978-1-4833-5685-3).
  • The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law. (2019) [2017 and 2018 editions are also acceptable].
  • You may be required to purchase 1-3 mobile applications throughout the semester, costing no more than $5 apiece
  • Grades, feedback, announcements & readings will be delivered using MyClasses@SU:
  • Much of my communication with you will be on our class blog:

Make sure you follow the blog via email to receive all of the latest and most up-to-date class information.

Recommended Items:

  • Kessler, L., & McDonald, D. (2011). When words collide. Belmont, Calif.: Thomson-Wadsworth. [other editions are acceptable]
  • Any good national or local newspapers in print or online – read daily!
  • Earbuds with a microphone
  • GorillaPod mobile phone tripod – ($8-$15 on Amazon)
  • Portable power bank
  • Cell phone flash drive – (I recommend Techkey – $14 on Amazon)

Class Attendance & Deadlines:

Your attendance at each class meeting is vital to your successful completion of this course. Many classes will feature discussions or other in-class exercises that will enhance your learning. As such, your attendance is essential every week.

Poor attendance in the class will be reflected in your quiz and classwork grades. Please strive to attend so we can all get the most benefit from the class. If you are unable to attend class, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor prior to class to determine what work will be missed and how you can go about getting any pertinent information from classmates.

Deadlines are critical in journalism and in all fields of communication. Homework and projects will be due at the start of class. Work that is posted after the start of class will receive a 10-point deduction for each day the assignment is late.

Email & Grading:

You are expected to use or be able to access your Salisbury University email account for this class.  Students must verify that they can gain access to their email through the Web. To verify that you can do this, go to and click “campus email” at the top of the page.  If you cannot access your email, see the Help Desk located in the Academic Commons or go to the website

Your homework and project grades and feedback will be posted on the MyClasses website. To access this site, go to and click “MyClasses.” If you are not able to find this course on your MyClasses site, please let me know immediately. Many of your readings and important information will also be posted here, so please make sure you keep up with your SU email for announcements and visit the site frequently for course information.

Classroom Procedures and Expectations:

  • BE ON TIME – class goes by very quickly. Therefore, it is imperative that we begin each class on time. Students who are late repeatedly will receive points off on their assignments.
  • Please turn off all and put away cell phones unless we are using them for a class activity. No texting or emailing during class.
  • Those talking out of turn will be asked to leave lecture.

Policies & Information

Writing Across the Curriculum Statement: This course meets the goals of the “Writing Across the Curriculum” program.

Civic Engagement Across the Curriculum: This course supports the university’s mission statement: “Our highest purpose is to empower our students with the knowledge, skills, and core values that contribute to active citizenship, gainful employment, and life-long learning in a democratic society and interdependent world.” Students in this course will participate in a civic engagement activity related to pressing social issues. Students will interact with community members outside of the classroom and share the outcomes of their efforts beyond the classroom setting. 

Emergency Clause: In the event of a major campus emergency, course requirements, deadlines, and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances. In such an event, the MyClasses web page and my email address ( will contain any revised information.

Policy on Inclement Weather: Should inclement weather result in classes being cancelled, students can receive information regarding cancellations by visiting the Salisbury University website at or by checking their campus email for announcements related to our course.

Academic Integrity: Students are expected to do their own work, inside and outside of the classroom. Students are expected to work independently, unless directed otherwise, and they may not claim anyone else’s work as their own. Students who are caught cheating or using the work of others will receive a zero on the assignment and will be reported to Academic Affairs. Work conducted for this class should be for this class only. You may not re-use work from other classes. However, you are encouraged to publish all work related to this class.

Notes as Intellectual Property: The lectures that I deliver in this class and the course materials I create and distribute are protected by federal copyright law as my original works. You are permitted to take notes of lectures and to use course materials for your use in this course. You may not record my lectures without my express consent, and you may not publicly distribute my course materials or lecture notes without my written permission.

Students with Special Needs: If you have a physical, mental, or learning-related disability, please obtain documentation from Disability Support Services (DSS) at 543-6082. Once I have received the appropriate documentation, I will make every effort to accommodate your needs. Please notify me of your needs within the first week of class.

Policy on Religious Holidays: Students will have the opportunity, when feasible, to make up assignments missed due to participation in religious observances. Arrangements must be made in advance and with the approval of the instructor.

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