Monday, March 30, 2009

No Class Meeting Thursday, April 2

Class, I regret to inform you that I will be unable to meet with you Thursday, April 2. I have a commitment that came up at the last minute. First, however, I want to thank all of you who were behind and are attempting to catch up. I will get those papers back to you as soon as possible.

Remember, you still have the reports on Frederick Douglass and Upton Sinclair (The Jungle)to do. Please limit this to 500 words each. You may use your books as a source and may also use other sources. Good luck.

Now, for this week, I would like for you to do the following assignments covering Chapters 10 and 11.

(1) Discuss the concept of "Manifest Destiny," its meaning and how it influenced the frontier press. Play particular attention to the writings of John Louis O'Sullivan and his newspapers. Be able to tell me how Texas became a part of this American tradition and how newspapers impacted the troops that were sent to fight wars against the Indians and Mexico. Be brief, please. No more than 400 words.

(2) When did the Spanish-language press start in American and when? Name at least four Spanish-language newspapers that were published in the U.S. in the early 19th century. What did they say?

(3) Consider that statement on page 185 (3rd graph, right-hand column) on the ethnic press and write a brief description of how the ethnic press helped immigrants settled in to the new world.

(4) Look at page 190 and its description of Horace Greeley's impact on America. What was his famous saying? How did the American public feel about Greeley?

(5) Briefly describe the work of Samuel Clemens, one of America's most famous journalists. (See Page 198).

(6) On Chapter 11, (see pages 212-213) write a 250-word essay on the influence of advertising on the industrial press.

Thank you. Please get this to me as soon as possible.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Revised Weekly Schedule...please read

As you probably know, we are behind in our syllabus. So, below is the schedule for March and April.

• Thursday, March 26 - (Classes will meet) Discuss Chapter 8: The Antebellum Press (1820-1861). Discuss Chapter 9: The Press and the Civil War: 1861-1865. Also, go online and review the work of Frederick Douglass. Discuss Chapter 10: The Frontier Press, 1800-1900. Blog Assignment and Discussion: By next class, be ready to talk about Frederick Douglass’ contributions to journalism and something called the development of the alternative press. Read Chapter 11: The Press and Industrial America. Remind students about Final Project Assignment.

• Thursday, April 2 - (Class will meet) Discuss Chapter 13: American Magazines (1740-1900). Discuss Chapter 14: (The Development of Advertising). Assignment: Read Chapter 15: The Emergence of Modern Media. Also, read handout on The Progressive Era and the Muckrakers. Prepare for class blog discussion on Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and other work of that era.

•Thursday, April 9 - (Blog assignment, class will not meet). Second take-at-home test will be posted on the blog. Return by April 16 via email, fax or delivered to the professor. Also, Answer questions on Chapter 15: The Emergence of Modern Media. In a blog posting, review The Progressive Era and the Muckrakers and Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and other work of that era. Assignment: Read Chapter 16: Media and Reform. Read Chapter 17: The Media and National Crisis. Be ready to talk about media reaction after 9/11 disaster. Go online and find out about the impact of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Fireside Chats” on the radio. How does our new president Barack Obama measure up in his radio or TV address? Are people listening? Be able to discuss this during a future class.

• Thursday, April 16 - (Class will meet). Selected students will present book reviews Discuss Chapter 16: Media and Reform. Discuss Chapter 17: The Media and National Crisis. Be ready to talk about media reaction after 9/11 disaster. Go online and find out about the impact of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Fireside Chats” on the radio. How does our new president Barack Obama measure up in his radio address? Are people listening? Be able to discuss this during a future class. Discuss Chapter 18: Radio comes of Age. (This will also include a blog posting).

• Thursday, April 23 - Blog assignments on chapters 20-25 along with essays on the current state of the media. Assignments: Turn in Final Project.

• Thursday, April 30 (Class will meet). Selected students present book reviews. Selected final projects will be discussed.

• Thursday, May 7: (Class will meet). Selected students present book reviews. Prepare for comprehensive final exam.

· END OF THE COURSE! Final, to be announced.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Book Review Selections

On this post, I will start documenting the books that students have chosen for their book report. Their inclusion in this post means they have been approved. Please check this post often. Thanks.

(1) Patricia Barrios - SCSA - "A Mighty Heart:The Daniel Pearl Story," by Mariane Pearl

Friday, March 20, 2009

It is time to start thinking about YOUR FINAL PROJECT!

Final Project: Write a biography of a longtime media professional—still working or retired—from one of our area media outlets. You can find some biographical details in city and county records or on website of newspapers or broadcast media outlets. Other information can come from friends, acquaintances, co-workers and relatives. Much of the information will come directly from interviews with your subject or with people who knew your subject. The professor will provide a list of potential subjects. In addition to finding out the details of your subject’s life and professional career, you’re also interested in learning how the business was conducted during the time your subject was working in the profession. What was it like? What experiences did your subject have? How has the profession changed? The biography should be at least 8 pages long, word-processed and double-spaced. By the beginning of class March 23, turn in a word-processed proposal including your subject’s name, the name of the news outlet he or she worked for and the approximate dates of his or her career. You can also include any other information you have learned up to that point about your subject’s career. By April 16, you will give the professor a written update and sample paper. You may submit this electronically. Deadline for final project is April 23. You may or may not be asked to discuss your project with the class, depending on class progress through the semester. This project is worth 20 percent of your final grade.

Here are some guidelines

Please let me know your choice as soon as possible. Please follow the guidelines attached. I will need a "hard copy" (SA you can email).


The paper will be written in MLA style with end notes, works cited and a bibliography. You must have at least four major sources (i.e. books, magazines, reviews or biographies)

Personal interviews may count as a source.

Please do not use Wikipedia or encyclopedia and please do not just cut and paste. Cite your sources. Please include a cover sheet. The type must be no bigger than 12 points. Double spaced with notations (Smith, 35) in copy.

Some Suggestions:
(1)Go to the website of the different television networks and choose one of their reports or anchors to get an idea for your subject. Example: Natalie Morales, Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric, John Quiñones, Jorge Ramos, Geraldo Rivera, María Celeste Arrarás,
(2)Select a news personality from a local television or radio station.
(3)Select a reporter from a local daily.
(4)Pick a well-known news personality you want to learn more about.

Please organize your report into five sections. The sections are:
(1)Introduction: to include the reason why you chose the personality.
(2)Biography: A brief resume of your personality’s career, to include place of birth, parents, education, influences in their lives and their current status in their profession and/or life,
(3)Impact: A brief review of your personality’s main impact on journalism, film, etc. This should list awards and some of the significant achievements in his or her field.
(4)A review of the subject work and career would be nice.
(5) Conclusion: A brief review of what you have written and how you feel your personality has impacted Hispanics in the Media.

Good luck. Dr. Flores

It is time to start thinking about your book review assignment

Book Review: One book review is required. The assignment will be both written and oral (presentation before the class). The written review must be submitted in MS Word format. The presentation can be a power point, slide or overhead project presentation. A list of approved books has been posted, but you may select your own. The professor must “approve” the book. The book must be a biography or autobiography of a journalist or the history of a newspaper or other journalistic organization or the function of a certain group in journalism and communication (i.e. Hispanics in the media, the Chicano newspapers of the 20th century, the Black press in history, etc.). This is worth 20 percent of your final grade.

Some suggestions for your book review

Things to look for . . . .

What are the author’s main points?
Again, these will often be stated in the introduction.

What kind of evidence does the author use to prove his or her points?
Is the evidence convincing? Why or why not? Does the author support his or her points adequately?

How does this book relate to the topic of Hispanics in the Media?
Is the book unique? Does it add new information? What group of readers, if any, would find this book most useful?

Does the author have the necessary expertise to write the book?
What credentials or background does the author have that qualify him or her to write the book? Has the author written other books or papers on this topic? Do others in this field consider this author to be an expert?

What do the reviewers say about this work?
Check out reviews on the Internet or journals to get this point.

How successful do you think the author was in carrying out the overall purposes of the book? Review the foreword in the book and also epilogue is some to determine this.

Depending on your book’s purpose, you should select appropriate criteria by which to judge its success. The primary concern is the reflection of Hispanics. Other concerns are its role for Hispanics in the Media and also whether it is of historical significance. Some points to consider: For example, review the foreword, if an author says his or her purpose is to argue for a particular solution to a public problem, then the review should judge whether the author has defined the problem, identified causes, planned points of attack, provided necessary background information, and offered specific solutions. A review should also
indicate the author’s professional expertise. In other instances, however, the authors or author may argue for a theory about a particular phenomenon. Reviews of these books should evaluate what kind of theory the book is arguing for, how much and what kind of evidence the author uses to support his or her scholarly claims, how valid the evidence seems, how expert the author is, and how much the book contributes to the knowledge of the field.

Writing the Book Review

Book reviews generally include the following information; keep in mind, though, that you may need to include other information to explain your assessment of a book.

Most reviews start off with a heading that includes all the bibliographic information about the book. There is a sample below:

Title. Author. Place of publication: publisher, date of publication. Number
of pages. Cost (if you can get it)

Like most pieces of writing, the review itself usually begins with an introduction that lets your readers know what the review will say. This is your opinion and it should be concise, poignant, succinct and to the point.

The first paragraph usually includes the author and title again, so your readers don’t have to look up to find this information. You should also include a very brief overview of the contents of the book, the purpose or audience for the book, and your reaction and evaluation.

You should then move into a section of background information that helps place the book in context and discusses criteria for judging the book.

Next, you should give a summary of the main points of the book, quoting and paraphrasing key phrases from the author. However, don’t tell the whole story. Make the reader want to go and get the book.

Finally, you get to the heart of your review—your evaluation of the book. In this section, you might discuss some of the following issues:

• how well the book has achieved its goal
• what possibilities are suggested by the book
• what the book has left out
• how the book compares to others on the subject
• what specific points are not convincing
• what personal experiences you’ve had related to the subject.
• and, in our case, how it related to our subject matter – Hispanics in the Media

It is important to use labels to carefully distinguish your views from the author’s, so that you don’t confuse your reader. Then, like other essays, you can end with a direct comment on the book (i.e. This book has wonderful examples of how Hispanic have impacted broadcast media and is a valuable resource for anyone doing research on the subject). You should then tie all your comments or issues raised together and come to a conclusion.

There is, of course, no set formula, but a general rule of thumb is that the first one-half to two-thirds of the review should summarize the author’s main ideas and at least one-third should evaluate the book.

Catch Up Deadline - Friday, March 27

With Spring break gone at both campuses, starting this Monday, it is time to look at our past assignments and see what you own me. First of all, you must keep up with your assignments and turn them in to me in a timely manner. I have set a new and final deadline for the assignments in the first half of the semester. Every thing must be in to me by this coming Friday, March 27. No exceptions. Failure to turn in your test or any of the assignments will result in a grade of zero for that assignment or test. Okay? Below is a list of students at the assignments they have yet to turn in.

1. Patricia Barrios - Complete (thank you).
2. Jennifer Casanova - My records show you owe me all the assignments and your test. Please call.
3. Liz Hernandez - My records show you owe me all the assignments and your test. Please call.
4. Roy Porter - You owe me Chapter 4, Chapter 5-6, Chapter 6 and Chapter 7.
5. Shaun Springfield - My records show you owe me all the assignments and your test. Please call.
6. Linda Tomasini - You owe me Chapter 6 and Chapter 7
7. Katherne Valadez - You owe me Chapter 4, Chapter 5 Chapter 5-6, Chapter 6 and Chapter 7.
8. Brent Walker - You owe me Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 5-6, Chapter 6 and Chapter 7.
9. David Brott -You owe me Chapter 4, Chapter 5, and Chapter 6.
10. Joe Hamon - You owe me Chapter 5, Chapter 5-6, Chapter 6 and Chapter 7.
11. Phillip Johnson - My records indicate you dropped the course.
12. Michelle Leal - My records show you owe me all the assignments and your test. Please call
13. Krystleskye Limon - Complete (thank you)
14. Sasha Rodrigez - My records show you owe me all the assignments except your test. Please call.
15. Gregory Stelfox -My records show you owe me all the assignments and your test. Please call.

It is possible an email could have gotten lost or a paper you turned in misplaced. However, it is your responsibility to get a copy to me as soon as possible. Thank you very much for taking time to review this blog. Please catch up. We will be moving pretty fast the remainder of the semester and I would appreciate your cooperation.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Okay. . . . Spring Breakers . . . . at TAMUK

Because of several factors and dwindling enrollment for the class meeting Thursday, March 12, at TAMUK, we will not meet as a class. I will be there in case someone shows up and to catch students up with what we are doing and what assignments are missing. Please look at the blog assignments I will post this week. Please keep up. TAMUK-SCSA, hope you had a nice spring break. TAMUK students, be careful and have a safe spring break.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Spring Break Schedule

Here is the schedule for Spring Break.....

TAMUK-System Center San Antonio Spring Break is Monday, March 9 through Sunday, March 15. There will be no class for TAMUK-SCSA on March 12. The students in San Antonio will not have a class meeting until March 26. They are advised to follow the blog and start deciding on a final project assignment which will be posted this week. There will be no class March 19. TAMUK will be on Spring Break and a connection with SA cannot be made.

The TAMUK Spring Break is Monday March 16 through Sunday March 22. The TAMUK students will meet as a class in Cousins Hall Room 121 on March 12 to "catch-up" on assignments and review Chapter 11 and review the final project assignment. I expect to see ALL of the TAMUK students there. Please read the weekly assignments so that we can be up-to-date. There will be no class March 19. We WILL MEET as a FULL class Thursday, March 26.

Please call me if are confused about this. Again, here is the schedule


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Thursday, March 5

Today is catch-up day with chapter readings. We will not meet as a class. Please remember your test is due March 6. Also, please remember you should be doing research on Frederick Douglass. Be ready to discuss Frederick Douglass, next time we meet. These are going to be some difficult weeks with different spring breaks for both campuses. Please stay tuned to the blog.