Why Getting Names Right Matters, Reason No. 93

If you get it wrong, you look like a fool:

To the Campus Community:

It is with sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Matthew Schiek.  Matthew passed away as the result of an accident off-campus, Saturday, February 14, 2015. Matthew was from Freehold, NJ, a junior in Mechanical Engineering, a member of the Commonwealth Honors College and participating member of the Boltwood Project in the Service Learning Center.

We extend our sincere condolences to James’ family and friends and want to affirm our commitment to creating a caring community by noted these resources for students, faculty and staff:

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Class Blog Discussion #1

Hi all —

Please read: The Challenge of The American-Made Benny and weigh in with your thoughts/comments on the comments board of this blog entry.




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Free Pizza!

Yes, our Tuesday class is cancelled. Please e-mail me your memos.

And, in place of class we have:

Twitter Assignment #2 (insert fan applause): Between today and Wednesday evening, please file at least 8-10 storm tweets at #umassjournalism. Photos and videos are welcome as well as insight into being a student at UMass during this “historic storm.” Pass along news as well……

Also, in case you missed it, here’s a good reaction piece to the decision by Sports Illustrated to lay off its photo staff.

See you Thursday!


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Some tips for social media newsgathering

Liz Heron is one of the experts out there and she put together a “tips” storify a few years ago.


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A Note About Books

Folks —

The order didn’t go through to the annex, so I just sent another one. Also, the Briggs book you should be getting is the second edition…..




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Welcome to Multimedia Journalism!

Hi and welcome to the Spring 2015 class of Multimedia Journalism. Pretty much everything you need for this class is on this blog so follow it and check back regularly.

See you in a few weeks!



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Blog Posts Due By Thursday….

I’ve noticed that quite a few of you are not up-to-date on your blog posts. I’m extending the deadline for all your post to be completed to the end of the day Thursday. After that, you’ll lose a letter grade a day for each day you are late.

Also, here are the details on the Ethics Blog post:

BLOG ASSIGNMENT #9: Journalism ethics. Is transparency a good thing? Is it possible to be transparent and unbiased in your reporting? Write a 300-500 word blog entry analyzing some of the ethical issues we discussed in class regarding transparency.




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