Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sports News Budget

1- BC-BBA--ALCS —  CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Monday. The Indians now have a 3-1 lead over the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. 25 inches w/ Photo. Centerpiece.

Reason: Many believed the Boston Red Sox already had the World Series in the bag. People around the country are always interested in the Red Sox and playoff baseball. People will want to read because they can’t believe the Red Sox are losing.

2-  BC-BBN--NLCS —  DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Championship Series to advance to the World Series. This will be the first World-Series appearance for the Rockies. 20 inches w/ Photo.

Reason: People around the country are always interested in playoff baseball especially when it involves a Cinderella team like the Rockies.

3- Notre Dame QBs —  SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame announced that Evan Sharpley will start for the Fighting Irish in their next game against the University of Southern California. This is the third starting quarterback for Notre Dame this year. 12 inches.

Reason: People are always interested in the Fighting Irish. When people don’t have a team, they seem to adopt Notre Dame. People are also genuinely perplexed by the state of the program.

4- Dolphins-Chargers Trade —  SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Miami Dolphins traded No. 1 wide receiver Chris Chambers to the San Diego Chargers for a 2008 second-round draft pick. 12 inches.

Reason: This story is interesting because not only was it the only real action before the trade deadline, but it was a big trade in favor of the Chargers. It also sheds light on the Dolphins’ abysmal season so far.

5- Madrid Masters —  MADRID, Spain (AP) — The Masters tournament is one of the last big tennis tournaments of the season. There won’t be much left to say about tennis until January for the Australian Open. 6 inches.

Reason: The popularity of tennis has grown since the establishment of the Federer-Nadal-Djokovic rivalry. The story is also interesting because Guillermo CaƱas will be facing Roger Federer, whom he has beaten twice this year.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Week 1 Lab Sked

Week 1 – Jan. 5-7
Student Questionnaire: File this to e-Learning assignment (Graded X or 0)
Assign L-Drives. Our lab is jou4201????  followed by your number. Log-on How Do.
Dow Jones Test (Handout). You have one hour. Put your name on test. We will review in class. 
First Day Nuts & Bolts Assessment challenge. You have 60 minutes. On e-Learning.
Grammar-Writing Exercise (GWE Day 1)
Two full pages at 1-inch margins in 12 point Times Roman. Due in e-Learning by Friday noon of this week. And like everything else, save a copy in your Gmail or Dropbox account.
Today's Goal: Assess your writing, grammar & cultural & current-affairs knowledge skills; your ability to think critically & to follow instructions; & your skill level with e-Learning. 

Read: Syllabus - questions from this could be on next lab's weekly challenge
Digital Tools: Set Up: Gmail account & Dropbox account
Follow: My Twitter feed
Do: WWC EXERCISE 1 Grammar Checkup
Read: AP on Murder and find an example on Google News of a publication violating this rule. Note what is wrong. You will attach this to next week’s challenge.
Study for AP A-C 1
Then take AP challenge in e-Learning before start of next lab.
FYI: Previous Dow Jones Grammar Tests
FYI: If you are interested in becoming an editor, consider joining the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) at: http://www.copydesk.org/
FYI: If you have an interest in design, see http://www.newsdesigner.com and http://www.snd.org/

Own Your Education (Grammar reviews)

Friday, December 03, 2010

AP On Arrested For

arrest To avoid any suggestion that someone is being judged before a trial, do not use a phrase such as arrested for killing. Instead, use arrested on a charge of killing. If a charge hasn't been filed, arrested on suspicion of, or a similar phrase, should be used.
For guidelines on related words, see accused; allege; and indict.