Friday, December 14, 2012

Tips for the Next Class (from the last class)

Laura - ALWAYS double check the spelling of names for any story

James - Try to watch a news broadcast in addition to reading the Post so that you can an idea of what a broadcast article should sound like.  It may give a better idea of how to write them in the future.

Contributed by Caitlin:

Nicole - Be sure to actually read the comments on your revised writings, whether it was graded or not. If you don't you might continue making the same small mistakes over and over again, like forgetting the -30- (which is a silly way to lose points). 

- Create a Writing for Comm folder in your email and after you read over the revisions, put the email directly in the folder. They are a really good reference tool for tracking your improvements as well as very useful to look back on before the midterm and final. 

Sean - My feedback to incoming students: Read Professor Piacente's feedback and read it carefully. This man has been in the business for a long time and he knows what he is talking about.

Kelsey - Practice makes perfect! If you find you are having trouble with the writing, don't hesitate to ask for practice stories to help fix those pesky problems you might be having. May be extra work, but it pays off on assignments, midterms, and your final! 

Arielle - Never miss a deadline. Ever. 
- Always review corrections given by Prof. Piacente and remember them.
- Prof. Piacente enjoys a good play on words every once in awhile. Read the names of the people in the practice stories out loud. 

Caitlin: Don't forget to reread your article every time, preferably out loud. Remember to double-check your formatting and make sure everything you wrote actually makes sense and is needed BEFORE you send in the story.

Sarah M: Make sure to review old stories with Professor Piacente's feedback before completing the next piece of writing.  His comments are really helpful and you're almost guaranteed to improve your grade on the next assignment if you take his corrections into consideration.  Similarly, be sure to review those stories before the midterm and final as well--it will give you a leg up when you get the fact sheets.

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