Dr. Clark's blog of the University of Central Oklahoma Department of Mass Communication History of Journalism Class

Monday, August 29, 2016

Up for "adoption"

Here are some of the journalists you can consider for "adoption" projects:

Anna Quindlen
Maureen Dowd
xIda Wells
xNelly Bly
Katharine Graham
Marguerite Higgins
Margaret Fuller
Helen Thomas 
xMartha Gelhorn
Annie Laurie
xDorothea Lange
Mary Wells
xMolly Ivins
Sarah McClendon
Tina Brown
xIda Tarbell
Jessica Savitch
Nan Robertson
Linda Ellerbee
xDickey Chappelle
xMargaret Bourke White
Edward Murrow
xWalter Cronkite 
xRobert Capa
Ernie Pyle
Hunter Thompson
xTom Wolfe
xWoodward and Bernstein
xAnthony Shadid
xH.L. Mencken
Seymor Hersh
xJohn Hersey
William Shirer
Jimmy Breslin
xWalter Lippman
Heywood Broun
xHoward Cosell
xGrantland Rice

xThomas Friedman
Eddie Adams



Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Who is a journalist?

Who is a journalist?

“Bon jour,” say the French when greeting someone in the mornings: “Good day.” The Latin-derived French word is closest to the original Latin “diurnum” for “day.”  In late Latin, “diurnalis” meant “journal,” a daily record. As the word migrated into late Middle English as “journal,” it meant a record for travelers of the daily stages of a trip, an itinerary of the “journey.” By the late 1500s, it evolved into any daily record and was applied to periodicals.  In the late 1600s, “journalist” described a person who earned a living by writing or editing for a newspaper or periodical. In the 20th Century, it also described people working in broadcast news. All journalists provide a periodic record of events people want to, or need to, know.
--Oxford English Dictionary

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fear and Loathing--Is this journalism?

Gonzo Journalism

Assignment: What is Gonzo journalism? Comment below by 5 pm Aug. 24,

"America" First?

Casa de la Primera Imprenta de América at the corner of Moneda and Licenciado Primo Verdad streets in Mexico City was the home of the first printing press/print shop in what is now North America. The printer Juan Pablos oversaw the printing of at least 35 books at this print shop between 1539, the date of the first book printed in the Americas, and his death in 1560. The press arrived from Spain in 1539, almost 100 years before the first press at Harvard.

First day takeaways

What you should know:
  • Public Occurrences--1690--Benjamin Harris
  • New England Courant--1721--James Franklin--Unshackled from government, spirit of rebellion
  • Pennsylvania Gazette--1729--Ben Franklin--Made journalism respectable
  • Commerce and advertising fueled growth
  • Political tensions, controversy, fueled growth
  • John Peter Zenger case 1734-35--precedent for truth as defense in libel by 1790
  • Press there to criticize the government
  • Term to know: 
  • "Fourth Estate"
  • Handset type
  • English common press

Question--Why become powerful weapon in American Revolution?

Colonial printing

 The Mayflower

Handset type and the English Common press



Assignment: Due first of class, Thursday, Aug25...One page, on differences and similarities in colonial press and now. Bullets allowed. Read: Colonial Newspapering.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

What's required, and when

Course requirements:
  • Attendance—if you missed more than five classes, you will fail. Excellent attendance (missing no classes) will be used to raise your final grade should your score be borderline.
  • Be on time—three times late equals an absence. If you are more than 15 minutes late, that equals an absence.
  • Follow class blog weekly,  I Am Journalism
  • Assigned online readings.
  • Quizzes and writing based on assigned readings.
  • Term paper, presentation on historical figure in journalism for second half of semester. Details in first week of class.
·      Media evaluation-- You will provide a one-page, double-spaced statement of what you believe to be the most important mass media development to date and why. I will grade this on the basis of grammar, punctuation, spelling and how well you logically defend your position. This will be turned in at the time of the final exam and count one third of your final grade.
·      Midterm and final tests.
GRADING SCALE: 100-91--A; 90-81--B; 80-70--C; 60-69--D.
  • 10 reading quizzes, writing assignments—100 points—20 percent
  • Term paper, presentation—200 points—40 percent
  • Media evaluation—50 points—10 percent
  • Two tests--75 points each--30 percent
  • Total: 500 points

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. If you miss a day, you may not make up the assignment.

·      Since this is a class of discovery and living journalism, exact timetables cannot be guaranteed because of student discussions and individual interests. Flexibility is essential to quality education, not rote memory or lockstep schedules. Accordingly, the professor reserves the right to amend the syllabus, with notice to class, at any time, in order to facilitate your learning.

·      Weeks one-three-- Intros, Colonial, New Nation, Quiz over syllabus.  
·      Weeks four, five—New nation and trials
·      Weeks six-eight— Mass Comm Week! 1800s
·      Weeks nine-eleven—Fall Break, Midterm, early 20th Century.
·      Weeks twelve, thirteen—The digital age
·      Weeks fourteen, fifteen—Student presentations
·      Final exam—9 a.m., Dec. 13.

  • All university policies regarding grading, grade appeals, academic dishonesty, adding and dropping apply. See appropriate university publications. Academic Affairs’ Student Information Sheet  http://www.uco.edu/academicaffairs/
Any case of plagiarism will result in a 0 for the assignment. A second case will flunk you for the course, and probably ruin your future as a journalist.
·      Check syllabus attachment later for more details.
·      Note: NO FACEBOOK IN CLASS. 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.