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Questions and Answers about your Media Reactions Journal

Q What do we do?

1.  Read news from somewhere in the English-speaking world.  Don't just read whatever happens to be on the front page; find articles you actually think are interesting.
2.  Keep a Media Reactions Journal.  Write about your reactions to the things you've read.  Do not repeat the content of the articles, except to give me a general idea of what they were about. Tell me where you found them.
2.  Have fun! There's a tremendous amount of good writing and interesting stories out there.

Q How much time should we spend on this?
A If you're in KSS 603, spend at least two hours per week reading. (Keep in mind that many people spend up to an hour per day reading the newspaper.) If the class is worth less than five points for you, spend at least an hour per week.
Q How much do you want us to write?
A At least a page per week, double spaced. (That isn't much.)
Q Why are we doing this?
A One of the best ways to get to know any part of the world is to read its media.  I also want you to get lots of reading and writing practice, and I want to see some evidence that you're keeping up with the news in English.
Q Should we follow the media from any particular country?
A No, just make sure it's English-speaking.  I'd probably pick three or four countries and follow the goings-on there throughout the course.
Q How do I find the media?
A A good place to start is my links page.  There are lots of media links there from around the world, but you can find many, many more just by searching on the web with, for example, Google.
Q When should we give you what we write?
A Every Friday by 5 pm, starting the first full week of class, stopping at the last full week.
Q Robert, are you okay?  What's that gurgling sound coming from your office?
A [drowning in paperwork]  Eh, gurgling?  [his head disappears under a wave of assignments]  Er?  Help?  Tell my mother, I leave my books to the University of . . . [his voice trails off]