Schedule

**SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

All lecture classes meet in Journalism 402. All lab classes meet in the classrooms of your respective lab professor (Journalism 242 for Michaelis, Journalism 241 for Suggs).

Week 1

Aug. 12: (LAB) Deadline game story exercise.

Aug. 14: (LECTURE) Intro, syllabus review, portfolios, assign beats.

Aug. 16: (LAB) Review deadline game story exercise.

Week 1 homework (two assignments): Post a link to the best sports story you’ve ever read by 11:59 p.m. the night before class Friday, Aug. 16, with two to three sentences on why you like it. Read at least three of your classmates’ choices and post comments on each of those by 11:59 p.m. the night before class Monday, Aug. 19.

Week 2

Aug. 19: (LECTURE) Sports writing basics/grammar and style.

Aug. 21: (LECTURE): Sports writing basics/blogs.

Aug. 23: (LECTURE) Sports writing basics/second-day angles. AP style (football) and current events quiz No. 1.

Week 2 homework (two assignments): Post links to two good blogs on your beat, with one or two sentences each on why you like them, by 11:59 p.m. the night before class Friday, Aug. 23. Post links to two good second-day stories on your beat, with one or two sentences on why you like them, by 11:59 p.m. the night before class Monday, Aug. 26.

Week 3

Aug. 26: (LECTURE) Statistics overview.

Aug. 28: (LECTURE) Keeping football stats.

Aug. 30: (LECTURE) Ethics and conduct. AP style (baseball and football) and current events quiz No. 2.

Week 3 blog duty: Post first beat blog item by 11:59 p.m. the night before class Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Week 3 homework: Study box scores for three games (professors choose these) and identify top three key stats in each. Email the top stats to your lab professor by 11:59 p.m. the night before class Friday, Aug. 30, with one sentence per stat explaining why they are important.

Week 4

Sept. 2: No class (Labor Day)

Sept. 4: (LAB) Football stats exercise.

Sept. 6: (LAB) Fact-checking exercise. AP style (basketball and football) and current events quiz No. 3.

Week 4 blog duty: Make at least two editor comments on each of the first blog posts of your fellow beat reporters (in the comments section) by 11:59 p.m. the night before class Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Week 4 field assignment: Deadline statistics exercise at Clarke Central football on Friday, Sept. 6, or off tape of high school football game (if approved by professors because of timing conflict). Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Clarke Central High School. You will be expected to arrive by 6:45 p.m. and to stay through the duration of the game.

Week 5

Sept. 9: (LAB) Review deadline statistics exercise.

Sept. 11: (LECTURE) Event coverage/prep, including background of players, teams and coaches, and context of matchup.

Sept. 13: (LECTURE) Event coverage/advances. AP style (hockey and football) and current events quiz No. 4.

Week 5 blog duty: Post second beat blog by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Week 5 homework: Post links to two good advances of weekend football games, with two or three sentences each explaining why you think they’re good, by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

Week 6

Sept. 16: (LECTURE) Interviews/press conferences and post-game.

Sept. 18: (LECTURE) Event coverage/play-by-play and key moments, plays, athletes, etc.

Sept. 20: (LECTURE) Play-by-play exercise. AP style (golf and football) and current events quiz No. 5.

Week 6 blog duty: Make at least two editor comments on each of the second blog posts of fellow beat reporters (in the comments section) by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

Week 6 field assignment: Attend the Tuesday, Sept. 17, press conference for UGA football and write a 500-word advance of the UGA-North Texas game (press conference is at TBA; story due by 6 p.m. that same day). OR attend the Tuesday, Sept. 7, press availability for UGA volleyball and write a 500-word advance of the team’s upcoming trip to the Kansas Tournament (arrive for the press availability at Ramsey by 5 p.m.; story due by 11:59 p.m. that same day). OR report on your own and write a 500-word advance of a local high school football game (story due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19).

Week 7

Sept. 23: (LECTURE) Event coverage/writing deadline game stories.

Sept. 25: (LAB) Deadline game story exercise.

Sept. 27: (LAB) Review deadline game story exercise and prep for assignment.

Week 7 blog duty: Post third beat blog by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Week 7 field assignment: Report and write 500-word deadline game story covering Clarke Central vs. Apalachee football on Friday, Sept. 27. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Clarke Central High School. You will be expected to arrive by 6:45 p.m. and to stay through the duration of the game.

Week 8

Sept. 30: (LAB) Deadline game story assignment review.

Oct. 2: (LECTURE) Event coverage/social media (live tweeting and blogging).

Oct. 4: (LECTURE) Event coverage/social media (crowdsourcing and Storify).

Week 8 blog duty: Make at least two editor comments on each of the third blog posts of fellow beat reporters (in the comments section) by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Week 8 homework: Build a Storify off social media coverage of one college football or NFL game and post a link by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.

Week 9

Oct. 7: (LECTURE) Event coverage/follows and second-day game stories.

Oct. 9: Class attends McGill symposium and/or lecture.

Oct. 11: (LAB) Event coverage/Week 8 homework review and prep for social media assignment.

Week 9 blog duty: Post fourth beat blog by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Week 9 field assignment: Live social media coverage at UGA’s Basketbash on Friday, Oct. 11. The event starts at 7 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum. You will be expected to arrive by 6:30 p.m. and to work until approximately 10 p.m.

Week 10

Oct. 14: (LAB) Social media coverage assignment review.

Oct. 16: (LECTURE) Event coverage/sidebars and notes, and second-day game story review.

Oct. 18: No class (ONA).

Week 10 blog duty: Make at least two editor comments on each of the fourth blog posts of fellow beat reporters (in the comments section) by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Week 10 homework: Post a link to a good second-day game story from your beat, along with a paragraph explaining what you liked about it, by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.

Week 11

Oct. 21: (LECTURE) Infographics.

Oct. 23: (LAB) Infographics exercise.

Oct. 25: (LECTURE) Basic photo overview.

Week 11 blog duty: Post fifth beat blog by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Week 11 homework: Find a story on your beat and pull numbers or information from it for use in the Wednesday, Oct. 23 in-class exercise.

Week 11 field assignment: Take at least 25 photos of a sports event, subject and/or similar subjects to be used in a photo gallery. Have available at the start of class on Monday, Oct. 28.

Week 12

Oct. 28: (LAB) Photo galleries and audio slideshows.

Oct. 30: (LECTURE) Basic video overview.

Nov. 1: No class (Fall Break)

Week 12 blog duty: Make at least two editor comments on each of the fifth blog posts of fellow beat reporters (in the comments section) by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Week 12 field assignment: Gather at least 10 minutes of video of a sports event, subject or similar subjects – including people talking about the event or subject/s. Have available at the start of class on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Week 13

Nov. 4: (LAB) Team event coverage prep – choosing teams and assigning elements.

Nov. 6: (LAB) Basic video editing.

Nov. 8: (LECTURE) Interviews/one-on-one.

Week 13 field assignment: Team event coverage (teams of six to eight students combining to do an advance, live tweeting and blogging, deadline game story, sidebar, notes, follow, and at least two multimedia elements) at one of the following events: UGA volleyball vs. LSU, 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8 (Michaelis); UGA men’s basketball vs. Wofford, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8 (Suggs); UGA women’s basketball vs. Presbyterian, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 (Michaelis).

Weeks 13-15 field assignment: Write a 400-word running gamer, to be emailed to the attending professor when the game clock hits 0:00. Then attend the post-game press conference and interviews and write a 650-word write-through, to be emailed to the attending professor less than two hours after the game ends. For this assignment, please choose from one of the following events (you must sign up for the event of your choice — spots are first-come, first-served): UGA football vs. Appalachian State, time TBA, Saturday, Nov. 9 (up to five students total); UGA women’s basketball vs. Mercer, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 (no limit on number of students); UGA women’s basketball vs. Furman, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 (no limit on number of students); UGA football vs Kentucky, time TBA, Saturday, Nov. 23 (up to four students total).

Week 14

Nov. 11: (LAB) Q&A exercise.

Nov. 13: (LECTURE) Writing profiles.

Nov. 15: (LAB) Team event coverage assignment review. Please go to the lab room of the professor who supervised your event for the assignment.

Week 14 homework: Post links to two good profiles on your beat, with two or three sentences each on why you think they’re good, by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.

Week 15

Nov. 18: (LECTURE) Sources and resources/overview and beat coverage.

Nov. 20: (LECTURE) Sources and resources/online.

Nov. 22: (LAB) Sources and resources exercise.

Week 15 field assignment: Write a 750-word profile of a local sports figure. The story must examine some aspect of the person beyond his or her involvement in sports. The story must contain quotes from two sources in addition to the subject. A budget line and a list of your planned sources are due to your lab professor by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. The finished profile is due to your lab professor by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. You must provide contact information (email addresses and/or phone numbers) for your sources. Failure to do so will result in an automatic 20% deduction from your assignment grade.

Week 16

No classes (Thanksgiving Break)

Week 17

Dec. 2: (LAB) Portfolio presentations/career talk.

Dec. 3: (LAB) Portfolio presentations/career talk. Last day of class.

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