RTV 4700 FALL 2014 Current Event Extra Credit

Class Syllabus | Class Schedule | Study Guides: Exam 1 SG, Exam 2 SG, Final Exam SG

The current event is an extra credit option.  Individuals who elect to take advantage of this option may do so only after consultation with me and may score a total of 10 potential points.  This is a one-time option for each student in class.  Topics for this current event will be determined in our consultation and will depend on the class date determined for the current event presented; I will offer suggestions in accordance with the topic of that date.  In addition, you may suggest your own topic.  Together we’ll arrive at something appropriate.  The event needs to be timely; not old news that is no longer relevant.  It needs to implicate in some fashion media and/or media regulation.  Examples of how this critical link may be established are:

  • how the event challenges existing regulation
  • how it marks a departure or new direction from conventional regulatory philosophy
  • how it meets the ideals of media regulation as we described them in class
  • how it fails to meet those ideals of media regulation
  • what it contributes to general understanding of the topic 

The current event option consists of two parts as follows:

First Part
This will be an in-class summary of the event selected.  Plan on somewhere around 5 minutes for this in-class summary, though discussion will likely follow, so be prepared to address questions about the event and its implications which may arise.  You may feel free to offer your own opinion(s) regarding this event and/or its implications to media/media regulation.  Grading will be determined from the following considerations:

  • preparedness
  • understanding
  • command of facts and information
  • ability to establish significance to scope of media regulation
  • ability to field questions and comments

Second Part
This will be a 2-3 page written summary of what you present in class.  It will be a backgrounder on the event itself and it’s implication to the scope of
media and/or media regulation.  You may feel free in this paper summary as well to offer your own opinion(s) regarding this event and/or its implications to media/media regulation.  Formatting for this written summary are as follows:

  • Papers must be typed with appropriate 1-inch margins right/left and top/bottom, double-spaced and printed on only one side of the paper.
  • Page numbering in upper right-hand corner is required. 
  • Papers will include a title page.  Centered on that page include the following on multiple lines:

            your first and last name
            your knights email address
            RTV 4700 FALL 2014
            Event Name

  • Title page is NOT counted in page numbering.  The next page after the title page (actually the beginning of the writing proper) will be counted as page 1.  Don’t include a summary or abstract page.
  • APA documentation must be strictly followed for your sources used (For help on APA style see either The Purdue Owl online writing lab or The Writer’s Handbook from the University of Wisconsin, or consult with UCF’s Writing Center.)   Keep in mind that neither the textbook, class lectures nor myself may be used as a source for this writing.

Summaries failing to meet the above required formatting are subject to a minimum 5-point automatic deduction.  These will be due on the date of the in-class presentation at the start of class.  Grading will be based on the following considerations:

  • understanding
  • command of facts and information
  • ability to establish implication to media and/or media regulation
  • ability to express yourself in writing

Your ability to express yourself in writing will be determined from the following:

  • technical writing quality (punctuation, grammar, sentence/paragraph structure, etc.)
  • writing organization (the linear flow of the ideas expressed)
  • writing style (use of words and structure to effectively express yourself)
  • APA documentation style

Total grade for the current event will consist of the following rationale:

  • 8-10 points = meets grading criteria very well (above)
  • 5-7 points = meets most grading criteria, though significantly lacking in some
  • 3-5 points = misses many grading criteria
  • 0-2 points = not a credible attempt to meet grading criteria

Missed Presentations
In the event of an unavoidable incident or condition which causes you to actually miss the class date you’ve been assigned for your presentation (and subseqeunt handing in of your paper), the same requirements apply as those listed on the syllabus addressing missed exams, specifically regarding explanation and documentation.  As with missed exams/quizzes, if the documentation and explanation are found acceptable, I will negotiate a solution with you.