JRNL 1160 Week 2 Assignment | Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Week 2 Homework-
For the homework assignment this week, I would like you to either write, record (audio) or record (video) a response to the following question:
Why do you think journalism matters in our society? What does good journalism look like in your opinion? Where/how can journalism be improved?
You do not need to answer each question separately. I am looking for an overall assessment, and your opinion on the question.
If there is something that I said in class, or that was on one of the slides, feel free to reference it (e.g., "as was discussed in class..."). You don't need a separate citation (e.g., Razavi, 2023) for something I said in class. If there is something from the reading for the first week that jumps out at you, feel free to reference the reading as well (e.g., "as mentioned by Damian Radcliffe, in his article in The Conversation, or "Radcliffe, 2023" if you want a more formal academic citation format. Either is acceptable).
The strongest answers will reference the reading (which is related to the question at hand) and/or course material.
If you write a response to the question, your responses should be around 200-250 words. Please upload as a Word file, Pages, or Google Doc. That way I can get feedback to you. No PDFs or direct text inputs please.
If you prefer to record audio or video, your response should be no more than 2:30 (2 minutes and 30 seconds) in length. Audio files can be sent as .mp3 or .wav, video files can be sent as .mov or .mp4.
Your response should be clearly articulated and sound polished.
I strongly recommend writing down your thoughts, or even directly what you are going to say, if you are doing a recorded audio or video response (we will practice this more as we go through the term; you don't want your answer to sound rambling, unpolished, or off the cuff).
The homework assignments are worth a "point." There will be ten assignments over the course of the term. The points add up, and can make a big difference in overall grade! Students who complete all ten assignments will get an extra point, which can often be the difference between an A- and a B+ when tallying the grades.
Finally, here is the specific evaluation criteria that I will be evaluating you on (as per the syllabus):
The strongest responses will...
- Demonstrate engagement with course material. This should include referencing the readings/podcasts, using examples and/or drawing on your own personal experience in answering the question.
- Make a clear and concise argument using simple, easy-to-understand language.
- Are focused (e.g., a clearly defined theme or idea that can be easily summarized; do not ramble).
- Have been proofread, have no spelling mistakes or obvious grammatical errors.
- Are submitted before the deadline (no late entries!).