J205 | J206 : GATEWAY I | GATEWAY II
Gateway aims to teach the fundamental skills required of a media professional. It is designed to teach students how to think critically about information, and how to use that information to tell a basic story through text, audio, photo and video. They will conduct research on specific topics, analyze sources and findings, and shape the information into brief and compelling multi-media presentations.
By the end of Gateway, students should:
- be able to think critically about the media and information sources they consume
- be able to deeply and strategically research a topic
- understand how and why information is gathered, reported and used in the media
- be able to recognize and use basic report and story forms
- be able to tell stories in a variety of formats – writing, audio, photos, video – following the conventions of each medium
This is a hands-on class, with much of the work done in class. Class attendance is required. Students will be excused from class only for illnesses, major emergencies or if a death occurs in your immediate family. Notify us prior to class about the reason for your absence. We will be giving exercises and short quizzes in class that won’t be available to make up without a valid excuse.
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Students will be given a variety of storytelling assignments for completion between classes. All assignments will be posted on blackboard (blackboard.uoregon.edu). It is your responsibility to read the assignments carefully and follow directions. If you have questions be sure to ask your GTF.
Students will tell stories in a variety of media and it’s critical students output the projects in the correct format so they can be opened and viewed. It’s your responsibility to make sure this happens. The required format will be noted in the assignment instructions.
Grading of Written Assignments
This course demands writing that is clear, concise and correct. In this sense, structure is a full partner with content. For this reason, we expect all students coming into this class to have a thorough grasp of grammatical conventions, of correct spelling, of proper word use and meaning, and of all the facts. With that, let us introduce the class standard:
Any error of fact, including misspelling of a proper name, will result significant lowering of your grade for the assignment.
Three or more misspellings or grammatical errors in an assignment will result in a significant downgrade of your assignment (see Top 10 errors below).
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY… to make sure assignments are submitted in the proper format. Any assignment that is not in the correct format will be returned to the student without a grade. Returned assignments will need to be resubmitted in the proper format before they will be graded.
If an assignment is not received in the proper format by the assignment deadline it will be considered late. Any assignment that is not in the proper format or is unable to be opened by the final day of class (unless otherwise specified in the assignment guidelines) will receive a zero.
* Before you submit your assignment, check the file to make sure it opens and works properly.
Making deadline is absolutely critical in media professions. Assignments will lose a letter grade if they are late. Another letter grade will be deducted after 24 hours. Thereafter, projects will lose an additional letter grade per week that they’re late.
If you are seriously ill or have another kind of emergency, contact your GTF or instructor as soon as possible and BEFORE the assignment is due, just as you would for a job. If you contact us after the assignment deadline, there isn’t anything we can do for you.
NOTE: If an assignment is due at 4 p.m., but it is turned in at 4:01 p.m. or later it will be considered late.
Lost work/malfunctioning equipment
When working with multimedia it’s critical you back up your work. Save your files to a flash drive, external hard drive, etc. A computer crash is NOT an acceptable excuse for missing an assignment or turning it in late.
It is common for equipment (cameras, audio recorders, etc.) and computer software to malfunction. Expect it to happen to you at least once this term. Be prepared. Prevent this from being a problem by STARTING YOUR PROJECTS EARLY! Do NOT wait till the last minute. An equipment malfunction is NOT an acceptable excuse for missing an assignment or turning it in late.
If you need to check out equipment such as cameras or audio recorders, be sure to plan ahead. During the term there is a lot of demand for cameras and other equipment. If you don’t reserve the equipment early it won’t be available when you need it. The inability to reserve a piece of equipment or get on a computer isNOT an acceptable excuse for missing an assignment or turning it in late.
The final course grade will be determined as follows:
- Assignments, quizzes and exercises: 90 percent
- Attendance: 10 percent
No final examination will be conducted in this course, but a final project is due during the final exam period.
Plagiarism and fabrication
The UO takes this seriously, and so do we. Cheating, plagiarism and any other form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. All work must be your own. Please refer to the University of Oregon Student Conduct Code (studentlife.uoregon.edu – see sidebar on left side of this page) by which all students are expected to abide. You will receive a failing grade in the class should you be found guilty of academic dishonesty.
The University of Oregon is working to create inclusive learning environments. Please notify me within the first two weeks of class if there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your participation. Please e-mail me and/or come by my office. Or you may wish to contact Disability Services in 164 Oregon Hall at 346-1155 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be aware that there are other resources available to students including:
Academic Advising (OAA)
364 Oregon Hall,
(541) 346-3211 | advising.uoregon.edu
Teaching and Learning Center (TLC)
68 Prince Lucien Campbell Hall
(541) 346-3226 | tlc.uoregon.edu