Thursday, January 28, 2016

Which way is up?

"Wire" services--international news

  • Associated Press--1848
  • United Press International--1907-58
  • AFP—Agence France-Presse--1835
  • Reuters--1851
  • TASS--1925
  • BBC-- 1922
  • CNN--1980
  • Al Jazeera--1996
  • Zenit--1997 
  • twitter--2006
  • Vice--2013 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Today's Times

Chinese journalist
Missouri professor
 Guardian Newspaper
Sky falling on newspapers? 

Read 'em. Comment by 5 p.m. Wednesday
1. What are the dangers to a free press you see in these articles? 3-5 sentences.

Who is Rupert Murdoch?



In 1986, keen to adopt newer electronic publishing technologies, he consolidated his UK printing operations in east London, causing bitter industrial disputes. His News Corporation acquired Twentieth Century Fox (1985), HarperCollins (1989),  The Wall Street Journal (2007),  National Geographic (2015). He formed the British broadcaster BSkyB in 1990, and during the 1990s expanded into Asian networks and South American television. 
By 2000, Murdoch's News Corporation owned over 800 companies in more than 50 countries with a net worth of over $5 billion.

He owns:
TV: Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox News Channel, Fox Kids Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Classics, Fox Sports Net, FX, the National Geographic Channel, The Golf Channel, TV Guide Channel

Radio: Fox Sports Radio Network

Books: HarperCollins (which publishes JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Lemony Snicket, JG Ballard, and Neil Gaiman)

Magazines: TV Guide, The Weekly Standard, Maximum Golf, Barron’s Magazine

Newspapers: The New York Post, Wall Street Journal, The Times (UK), The Sun (UK), The Australian (AU), The Herald Sun (AU), The Advertiser (AU)
Websites:, Hulu (part ownership),, The Daily

Film studios: 20th Century Fox (Avatar, The Simpsons, Star Wars, X-Men, Die Hard, Night at the Museum), Fox Searchlight (Slumdog Millionaire, Juno, 127 Hours, Black Swan, Little Miss Sunshine)

Sports (part ownership): Los Angeles Lakers, Colorado Rockies, Australia and New Zealand’s National Rugby League

Phone Hacking Scandal--Why should you care?
Rupert and the ruckus 
Read and comment (at least three sentences) below why this important to a free press in a democracy, by 5 p.m. 
Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Central America

Thursday, January 14, 2016



What do you expect?

What do you expect, what I expect?

What do you expect ?
Out of professors, this class, this department, this university?
(What makes a good professor?) 
What I expect of you
(What makes a good student?)
·   To write, speak well
·   To think critically
    (To ask questions)

·   To solve problems
·   To be creative
·   To act ethically
(Including respecting others)
·   To work hard
·   To be adept at technology
·   To be passionate
·   To act like this class is a job
(Be here, and on time)

Al Jazeera America shutting down-assignment

Read this article in the New York Times.

1. Who owns Al Jazeera?
2. Will this make any difference?
3. Why or why not?

Comment below by 5 pm  Monday, Jan 18.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

It's time to get to work

Did you know?

In class view: Did you Know
Opening assignments

 Syllabus Requirements 

·      Faithful attendance. Your grade will drop one level for each two absences, after the first two. If you miss more than 6 sessions, you will flunk. Do not email me excuses or reasons why you are absent. If you miss a daily assignment, it may not be made up. There are enough assignments to offset the loss.

·      Be on time for class. I take this personally and being late is the quickest way to get on my bad side. If you are more than 15 minutes late, it counts as an absence. Three times late equals an absence.

·      Adoption of journalism media in another country, with 4-page report and presentation to class from research, including social media interaction with members of that country’s press.
·      Midterm and final tests, based on class discoveries and student presentations.
·      Learning the location of countries in the world with blank maps.
·      Blog assignments—all assignments on the class blog, Clarkinternational, must be completed by assigned deadlines. No credit if deadline missed. --
·      Extreme note taking—Notes required in every class.
·      Bring the New York Times to every class.
·      Writing assignments—250 word news stories from NY Times on media; guest speakers.
·       Good grammar. You must be fluent in English. Misspelled words cost 50 points each.
·      You may not make up assignments or exams.
  • Note: Turn off cell phones, except for in-class research. No texting. If your phone goes off or you text, in class, you must leave and take an absence.
·      If you have a medical condition that will mean extensive absences, you must notify the professor in the first week of class, with documentation. If you cannot attend at least 10 weeks of the semester, drop the class.
SUPPLIES—Paper and pen,  for notetaking, to every class period.
·      Countries to be included: Australia, Canada, China (English language versions), England, India, Malaysia, Mali, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, U.S. military overseas, Wales. Also, the dangers to and murders of journalists in other countries. You may report on a geographic portion of the country, or a specific media area (print, broadcast, online, etc.)
·      If you speak more than one language, you may adopt the country whose language you are fluent in: China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, etc.

Presentation guidelines: 
·      10-15-minute presentations, including visuals—power point, etc.-- and your country’s media. Four page paper to professor.
·      One page outline handout of presentation for all class members;
·      Guidelines for structure and evaluation for both presentations to be handed out in class.
  • SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: No fancy covers. First page includes your name, date, subject title, list of sources. Then begin at mid-page. Paper to be stapled in upper left hand corner. All  work, except in class exercises, must be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman or Palatino typeface, on one side of the paper, with 1” or 1 1/2" margins. Make sure your toner is readable dark. ( Work will not be accepted unless it complies with these guidelines.  E-mail submissions allowed only on designated assignments.

DEADLINES: Must be met. Absolutely. Period. End of discussion. Journalism is a deadline business. Accordingly, late work will not be accepted. Don’t bother to hand it in—you get a “0”grade. Absence is no excuse.

GRADING SCALE: 100-91--A; 90-81--B; 80-70--C; 60-69—D
·      Map quizzes—100 points-20 percent
·      Country presentation-150 points-30 percent
·      Two tests (Multiple choice only)—75 points each, 30 percent
·      Miscellaneous writing assignments, including on blog, including New York Times speaker 100 points, 20  percent.
·      Total points--500