Principles of Online Journalism
JOUR 2325 CRN 17859
Assignment 3: Career Path
Due: April 17, 1 p.m. (Students may turn papers in earlier if they prefer.)
Submit: Papers should be submitted in a Word file by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing Task: Reflect on your life and education so far and your dreams, hopes and ambitions for the future. Write an essay describing a life path and career trajectory for yourself in the digital world.
The following questions may help you think through your essay.
- What is your passion in life? Music, writing, teaching, cooking, traveling, whatever?
- What kind of work do you plan to do in Journalism? Online, broadcast, audio, print? Reporter, editor, broadcast producer, anchor, videographer, multimedia producer, manager or something else?
- If not journalism, then what profession do you want to enter, and what role do you see yourself playing in that profession?
- What are your goals in life? Family, children?
- What are your professional goals? To have steady work and modest success? To concentrate on your family? To win the Pulitzer Prize? To change the world?
- How much money do you need to live a fulfilling life?
- How do you plan to serve your community?
- How do the answers to previous four questions square with your passion? Do they fit nicely, or do they conflict?
- Where and how will you start your professional career? Will you stay in your entry-level job for the rest of your career? (Nothing wrong with that.) If not, where do you hope to go next?
- Obviously, society is undergoing rapid change. But just from what you know now, what do you hope to have accomplished by the time you retire?
- What personal characteristics or habits may help or hinder you in the pursuit of your goals?
- What external factors are likely to affect you in the pursuit of your goals?
- What personal values have informed your decisions about your life and career?
- What would you most want to be remembered for after you’re gone?
This assignment requires that you go beyond simply answering the questions above. You must engage in serious reflection and sincere self-evaluation. Please don’t be silly or treat the assignment as a joke or your grade will suffer.
You may conduct research or you may simply base this essay on your own thinking.
First, make a preliminary outline of your essay. Then write a first draft and revise it - at least once - for the final version you will turn in. (You need not submit the first draft.)
Proofread your essay to find typos, dropped words etc. You may also find that if you read your essay aloud, it will help you identify problem sentences, grammar and word choice.
Don’t depend on autocomplete or spellcheck. They are not your friends.
Minimum Content Requirements:
· If you include outside sources, you must use MLA style (You may use http://www.citationmachine.net/mla for help)
· Must include a thesis, arguments to support the thesis. Must also include a conclusion.
· Must follow the assignment topic
· Must be at minimum 900 words.
· Use complete sentences in writing your analysis.
· All examples must clearly support your analysis.
· Must demonstrate critical thinking, reading and writing
· Must observe appropriate conventions (Spelling, punctuation, grammar)
Essays are due at the start of class. Any assignment turned in later than the deadline above (day and time) will not be accepted.
- Make sure the title is related to the content.
- Use 12-point Times New Roman font. (Larger type sizes won’t make your essay seem longer.)
- Use 1-inch margins (no larger or smaller)
- Double-space the entire essay.
- Number all pages - except the first page - on the upper right hand corner of the page.
- Include a header with your name, class time, the date it is due, the designation Assignment 3. Place this on the left margin, at the top of the first page.
Carefully cite each source you use in your essay. Avoid copying the research, ideas and words of others. Properly attribute all sources. For direct quotations, use quotation marks.
Papers that copy the research and words of others without properly attributing the source will be given a zero and cannot be redone.
If you can’t get started, if you get stuck or if you have other difficulties, contact the instructor for help. For writing help, consult the Writing Center in Thompson Hall.