help you become a careful and precise editor of your own writing and
others. While this is a basic journalism editing course designed to
the skills you will need to master in order to work on a newspaper,
magazine, online site, or broadcast newsroom
what you learn in this class will (1)
field and (2)
better writer and editor of your own copy.
– Dave Barry
“We journalists make it a point
to know very little about an extremely
wide variety of topics; this is
how we stay objective.”
portion of this course will offer a major emphasis on the nuts and
bolts of editing and
writing -- spelling, grammar, punctuation, word usage, style (in
AP) and math-for-journalists skills.
Own Your Own
ultimately, the onus is on you to acquire these skills outside of
the lecture. If you believe you have some weak spots in these skills,
then make a point of studying the sites listed below, many of which
have programmed quizzes in different areas of grammar and punctuation
that will offer you explanations. I note this because these are skills
you need to succeed, but also because 40 percent of your overall grade
for this course comes from the lecture, which emphasizes these skills.
lecture portion of this class meets twice a week. The grade you receive
in this lecture will be combined -- in consultation with your lab
instructor -- with your editing lab grade in
figuring your final grade. Your
grade is 40
percent lecture and 60 percent lab.
I am available to you this semester – and
to talk about this
class, to talk about journalism and communications, to talk about your
career, or to just talk. My office hours are on my schedule:
is a Link
stop by – my door is pretty much always open, and if I am in and I am
free, we can
note that I check my e-mail once in the morning and
once in the evening Monday through Friday.
Pre-requisites for JOU 4201
Texts and Supplies
MMC 2100 – Writing for Mass Communication – and JOU
If you have not taken and passed these classes with a C or better, then
you are not supposed to be in this class.
attendance is required.
More than three absences may
in an incomplete for this course. For sure, after your first absence,
every lecture you miss means your grade drops a level – A becomes B+ and B+ becomes B- and so
Arriving late or leaving early will be
considered an absence. To receive credit for tests and quizzes, you
must attend and be on time. No
make-ups will be arranged for unexcused absences or tardiness. In addtion, whether the absence is
not, there will be no classwork make-ups. Life is just too darn
complicated as it is, and when I have 80-some students juggling
deadlines - well, it is just too complicated. The key here is whether
your absence is legitimate or not.
University-approved absences must be documented (in advance, if for an
approved university activity) according to official university policy.
Obtaining written verification for an excused absence is your
As noted, your
course grade is 40
percent lecture and 60 percent lab.
The lecture portion of your grade will be determined based on:
worth 100 points each. Tests
are always comprehensive
and will come from anything discussed in class and the
readings, which you need to not only read, but study. However, as
noted, they will strongly emphasize the nuts-and-bolts. Tentative test dates are
listed on the schedule below.
- Your class
which will be determined by such things as your attendance and your
answer questions regarding the issues of editing.
Scale for the lecture portion of this course
and Grading Policies regarding UF's new
on minus grades
|A = 100 to 93
||B+ = 89-87
||C+ = 79-77
||D+ = 69-67
||E = 59-0
|A- = 92-90
||B = 86-83
||C = 76-73
||D = 66-63
|B- = 82-80
||C- = 72-70
||D- = 62-60
lecture grade is based on:
- 80% On
the two tests
- 20% Such
things as your
your participation, your classroom demeanor, your willingness to
work with and collaborate with others, your participation in
class discussions, and your contributions to the class in whatever form
that may take.
Please let me know immediately if you have
any kind of problem or
disability that would hinder your work in this course. I will do my
best to help you. Students requesting classroom accommodation must
first register with the Dean of Students Office, which will provide
documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation
to the Instructor when requesting accommodation.
Campus Helping Resources
See links on front page.
yourself to honesty and integrity if you haven’t already. If you
engage in any form of academic misconduct, including, but not limited
to, cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, and aiding and abetting, the
penalties could be severe
You are required to read Academic
Honesty. I will work under the assumption that you have done so. In addition, go to link to Honor Code on
front page and read this.
Sometimes a class such as this
will deal with controversial
topics, so be warned that words that may be considered offensive or
even ideological may be
spoken in the context of the subjects we are discussing. As a teacher,
I have no political or social agenda, so do not try to answer in a way
you believe might comport with what I want to hear or read. Feel free
to advocate any position as long as you remain respectful of others'
opinions, and always be able to defend your point of view.
Policy on Electronic Devices
do not allow electronic transmission
devices, such as
beepers, cellular phones and computers of any size in my classes. You
all such devices in the "off" mode and stored away when in class. When
I do what looks like the gator chomp, I am saying close your cell
phones and laptops.
Policy on Indifference
I do not allow
indifference in my
classes and instead require that you be engaged. How does indifference
itself? It includes:
during class, which is rude
late or leaving early, which is rude
homework or scrolling the ’net during class, which is rude
or sleeping, which is rude
check your indifference
at the door, then drop this class. I and your fellow engaged
not have time or the inclination to accommodate your behavior.
Of course, all of this is tentative if we have
some excellent guest speakers visit.