Final Thoughts

When you submit your portfolio, make sure you’ve included paragraph reflections on each assignment indicating what you learned from the process. We’ll also do that for the course. When you come to the final, bring a type-written response to the following:

  1. What do you now know that you never considered prior to this course?
  2. What did you never understand?
  3. When was I not explicit enough?
  4. What do you love/hate about journalism/this course?
  5. What did you think about the course text?
  6. What did you think about the syllabus and general class policies?
  7. What would have improved this course?
  8. Would you recommend this class to a friend/enemy?

FINALS Schedule for Sitton’s Courses
Mass Communication in Modern Society, Wednesday, May 4, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Humanities & Social Sciences, Rm 1041
News Design, Thursday, May 5, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Destination: Tandoori
Reporting for Electronic Media, Friday, May 6, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Destination: On the Border
Mulitmedia Reporting, Monday, May 9, 10:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. Destination: IHOP


Although I’ve seen online statements about corrections, this marks the first time I’ve seen a statement AND correction posted in a traditional publication. Thoughts?

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Arkansas Online. According to the post info,
article originally published April 23 at 5:45 a.m.; updated April 25 at 5:45 a.m.

Straight Out of the Syllabus

Within my general class policies, I include a quote. One internet source suggests it originated in a Japanese Zen scroll; another suggests Robert Fulghum used it in the book, “It was on fire when I lay down on it.”

I’ve merged the two into what I call “Japanese Wisdom.”

I used to keep a copy on my door, but now think the syllabus provides the correct spot. It’s directly applicable to this time of the semester when students must decide whether to continue taking a course or take advantage of the opportunity to withdraw.

As shown in the syllabus:

Japanese Wisdom

There is really nothing you must be and there is nothing you must do.

There is really nothing you must have and there is nothing you must know.

However, it helps to understand fire burns and when it rains, the earth gets wet.

Whatever, there are consequences.

Nobody is exempt.

Religion and College Life Survey

Rebecca Barrett-Fox’s applied research class is conducting research on Religion and College Life.

The class invites current A-State students at least 18 years older to complete a 10-question anonymous survey at You may skip uncomfortable questions or exit the survey at any time.

By clicking on the survey, you indicate that you are at least 18 years of age, are currently an A-State student, understand the purpose of this research, and can contact the researcher, senior Sociology major Tina Scott-Barnes at with any questions. Additional questions or concerns may be directed to

Clean Your Copy, Earn Credit

I will take this through April 22 at noon from any student taking the Multimedia Reporting or the Reporting for Electronic Media courses.

You will receive 20 extra credits if you answer all questions correctly. You will receive at least 10 extra credits if you answer at least 12/14 questions correctly. You will receive at least five points if you answer 10 questions correctly. You will receive no points if you answer fewer than 10 questions correctly.

Ronald Sitton, Ph.D.

As the semester winds down, you may want to help your grade.

Poynter currently offers a free 1-2 hour self-directed course titled “Cleaning Your Copy: Grammar, Style and More.” The usual cost of about $30 has been waived thanks to the Knight Foundation’s donation.

Register with Poynter. Under the title of the course (Cleaning Your Copy: Grammar, Style and More), you will find six options: Tweet, Share, Help, Give Feedback, Print and Course Report. Select the Course Report option to send me a detailed report of your progress via email straight from the Poynter website.

Any student in Sitton’s classes may take advantage of this opportunity to earn 20 points toward your final grade. I must receive the final progress report — showing your completion — no later than noon, Nov. 30.

h/t Dr. Manu Bhandari; editor gif by Tattau

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‘The Last Text’

Spring Break awaits. Be smart. Don’t text and drive. #ItCanWait

(No, AT&T does not pay me to post this. I don’t own the rights to the film; I found it on YouTube. )

‘Keeping It Relevant’

darkGirls   The Arkansas State Association of Black Journalists completes its two-night “Keeping It Relevant Movie Spectacular”to continue highlighting important aspects of black history and culture.

   Tonight’s feature, “Dark Girls,” explores cultural bias towards women with darker skin. Open to everyone, the screening begins at 7 p.m. in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building’s Room 1041. ASABJ screened “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” Wednesday night.

   For more information, visit the “Dark Girls” website at


shelfari#mcmstn On another book note, I just learned Shelfari is merging with Goodreads thanks to Amazon. If you’ve got a shelf, you may want to move it.:/

UPDATE: Typical. I attempt to get ahead of things and merge. I download my shelves. I attempt to import to Goodreads and get this:


Perpetual Notions: Knights of Classic Lore

#mcmstn students asked for something good to read; I must claim partiality to this list.:)

Ronald Sitton, Ph.D.

TKE08eb The first TKEs I advised received a printed copy of this list. (photo by Eric Bell)

MONTICELLO — As previously noted, I’ve been named an adviser for the Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter on campus. Before agreeing, I researched the fraternity and found it originated as the Knights of Classic Lore. But when I looked for some idea of what they were reading, I could not find a list.

I know … silly me.

I’m a list-maker and decided it would be a GREAT idea to come up with a list designed to produce good citizens and interesting men. I’ve asked the Tekes to choose a piece of classic literature every month, read it and then report to their brothers if it was a good read and what’s in it that’s relevant to A) brotherhood, B) growing as an individual and C) becoming a productive member of society.

The following list…

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