A guide for ENGL 2501 and ENGL 3801
Just a quick blog item — because Bad Journalism Professor forgot to post one for the first day — to welcome my fall Introduction to Journalism students back to campus. It’s a little bittersweet, because this will be the last class I teach — for a while, anyway — at Emmanuel College. I have absolutely loved my two years here, but I’ve accepted a promotion in my full-time job, moving from my role as digital editor at the Lowell Sun to editor of Nashoba Valley publications (there will be more on the full scope of that move in a few weeks).
I have actually put trigger warnings on my class this year for the first time. We will talk in class a lot about ethics in reporting and how to distinguish the truth — or a truth — from exaggeration. The syllabus includes #BlackLivesMatter and the ongoing discussion of racism in America, mass shootings, Rolling Stone’s redacted “A Rape on Campus,” the very public transition of Caitlyn Jenner, presidential politics, the Boston Marathon bombing and trial and whatever else happens during the semester.
I could expound a bit more on all of this, but it’s time to run — I have another job waiting for me in Lowell!
Bonus: Tips on how to handle interview quotes, which we will be talking about next week, from Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark.