JOUR199 - Results of class survey

Results of fall 2018 survey

Here are the tabulated results of a first-day-of-class survey. Quantitative answers (n=15) first, followed by open-ended answers.

Please rate on a scale of 1 (none) to 5 (lots) how much experience you have had, how much work you have done or your familiarity with each of these activities or technologies:

On a scale of 1 (not) to 5 (very), please answer each of the following questions about how you learn:

How willing are you to ask an instructor when you don’t understand something?
How well do you accept criticism of your work?
To what degree do you consider yourself a perfectionist?
To what extent do you become frustrated if you don’t quickly grasp something?
How easily are you intimidated by being held to high, professional standards of performance?
How much does it bother you to be singled out in class for any reason?
Are you bothered by the notion of having other students critique your work?
How well do you handle tasks with general instead of specific expectations?
How much does your work improve when you are allowed to re-do assignments?
How well do you do in things like “immersion” (no English spoken) language classes?

On a scale of 1 (notes and instructions) to 5 (try it on your own):

When something new is being demonstrated, do you prefer to focus on taking notes or on trying things as the demonstration progresses?

On a scale of 1 (watching) to 5 (doing):

Do you best learn how to do something by watching first or by doing it yourself?

Please briefly describe your experience, if any, with student media, internships or part-time work in journalism or related fields.

  • Four years of newspaper in high school. Sports editor sophomore year, and chief editor two years. Over 150 articles published in the school paper.
  • During the summer of 2016 I took an Introduction to Voice Over class at Columbia College of Chicago.
  • I produced articles for my high school's newspaper.
  • I took a media class in high school where I learned a little bit about reporting and making "60 Minutes"-type stories.
  • My experience with student media has been limited -- not because I didn't want to be involved, but because my high school didn't have that many options for internships or part-time journalism. However, some of the student media I did get involved in was my school's newspaper, writing articles for both the newspaper and for my local Interact Club.
  • In high school I took a journalism class my Junior year, first semester. Then I joined the newspaper, and senior year I was co-editor-in-chief.
  • My senior year of high school, I took journalism and I loved it. I mainly covered sports; however, I did complete some features for the school newspaper. I specifically enjoyed broadcasting, I was awarded the best broadcasting video in the entire school.
  • I was a reporter and editor of my high school's student newspaper, I attended some journalism workshops and I attended the Medill Cherubs residential summer program at Northwestern.
  • In high school I was the anchor for my school's morning news broadcast. This means I anchored, wrote scripts, set up the set, worked the cameras, and directed the show. Also, I was a part of the journalism club at my school called GTV. Over this past summer, I was an intern/project manager at a publishing company. I designed a website, helped publish books, sent out press releases on the books, and a variety of other things.
  • I do not have a lot of journalism experience. However, my junior year of high school I took a creative writing class. In addition to this, I was asked to present my work at a literary festival. I have also started my own blog. It is fairly new and I have not had much time to work on it, but I plan to in the future.
  • No experience.
  • Five-week course at Phillips Exeter Academy. There, I participated in the student newspaper. In high school, I was the co-anchor for the student news.
  • I haven't had much experience outside of taking a college-level writing class my senior year of high school that contained journalistic lessons and units.
  • I have served as an editor for the school magazine.
  • I have written and published my first article in March on
  • My senior year of high school I took Broadcasting 101 as an elective and was able to learn how to work behind the camera, in front of the camera, edit video projects such as news stories, and I also had the opportunity to say the announcements in the mornings. I took Journalism 101 as an English class my second semester of the year and learned how to use InDesign, some basic Photoshop, and more about how to make a good story.

Please briefly explain why you chose journalism for your major. You can reply either with what type of job (at this point) you would like to obtain after graduation or just with what aspects of journalism interest you the most.

  • I love to paint a picture and story-tell.
  • The career that I have always been interested in was sports/news broadcasting and doing work with radio. Writing articles in the newspaper has not really been something I have always been interested in but is something that I feel I could do.
  • I like to tell stories and think the freedom of press is extremely important. Without the press it would be difficult to be open to new ideas, places, culture, etc.
  • Always been interested in the field of sports journalism, and my goal eventually would to be an on-camera reporter or a writer for a sports organization.
  • Choosing journalism was a no-brainer for me. I have always loved to write, as well as tell truthful, well-rounded stories. In our world today, journalists play a massive role in how the public perceive people, places and ideas. As I continue in taking classes in journalism and continue to better my writing skills, I would like to hopefully write for a print or online publication about culture, social issues, and news.
  • I chose journalism as a possible major because journalism is something I have been passionate about since high school. I enjoy finding the truth and coming up with new creative perspectives to get messages across to the public.
  • Journalism got my attention once I realized how much of an impact it has on a community. Not only that, but also because I love sports, specifically basketball. After I graduate, I would like to become an anchor then later make my way up into becoming a role model upon my Hispanic community. My other dream job would be for me to be on the floor of the 2025 NBA finals, interviewing Jimmy Butler.
  • I am really passionate in storytelling and learning about other people's points of view. I think journalism can be a very powerful tool in connecting people together through multimedia. Also, it's important to hold those in power accountable and keeping the public informed.
  • I am going to go to law school after undergraduate studies and then I want to work in a news studio. I'd like to report on politics and business.
  • I have always been on the fence about what to major in. I always thought of other jobs as being too basic. However, when I took my creative writing class, I felt like something clicked. Writing quickly became a something I loved to do. It came to me after my creative writing class that I want to do something I love as my career, not what makes the most money.
  • I chose journalism because I love the thought of communicating news to people all around the country/world through different platforms. I like that you can be creative in the major. Sports really spark my interest, so I want to do sports broadcasting.
  • I chose journalism because of prior experience with certain fields of media.
  • I've always felt that I have a better understanding with words than history or math or science. My first-choice major was actually business, but I applied to other schools with journalism as my first major. My goal in the future is to be able to connect my love for sports and writing together, such as working at Nike or ESPN.
  • Since I discovered my passion for writing, I sought a field where I would get paid the most as a writer. My experiences in my APLAC course during my junior year in high school served not only to develop my own writing style, but it exposed me to a plethora of articles written by modern journalists. Upon my completing the class, I was sure that journalism was what I wanted to do.
  • I consider myself to be a performer, especially being that I have had lots of musical experience and am a singer and so I am very interested in the television broadcasting aspect of journalism. I also consider myself to be a very bubbly, social, and personable person so I can see myself working on television. I would like to be either a news anchor or entertainment reporter.

Please indicate the subject matter you hope will be covered in this class.

  • Sports.
  • Broadcasting techniques.
  • How to learn journalism in in a more direct manor and be taught the ins and outs.
  • How to approach a story or news and how to then write about that topic or talk about that topic.
  • How to become a better writer by using our sources, whether it be technology, online applications, and the things we seek out.
  • Learning differences between news stories, features, editorials, etc.
  • How to boost up the creativity upon a subject in which one is covering.
  • Multimedia journalism, different styles of storytelling and basic reporting and interviewing skills.
  • Editing and working in a newsroom.
  • More computer skills and different aspects of writing.
  • Since I have no experience with journalism, I hope that we will go over all the basics so that I can learn more about it. I want to see the different types of jobs that I could get from journalism and which one interests me the most.
  • How to effectively write a good article and be a good person involved with media.
  • General journalism coursework as I am not too familiar. Working with video editing as well as job placement in the field and opportunities surrounding that.
  • Software/programs used to produce content.
  • Definitely how to improve my writing skills for stories to make them sound interesting and grasping the audience's attention.

Please list any other hopes or fears you may have, including advice on how the instructor can help you learn most efficientlyp>

  • How a project is expected to be.
  • Not sure at the moment.
  • My fears are failing the course, not understanding simple concepts, being given bad grades on projects I worked hard on, harsh criticism.
  • I fear that we will have to write about topics that do not interest me.
  • I hope that we all can better ourselves in this class.
  • Being welcome to us asking questions when something does not make sense.
  • I can be very shy at first.
  • I really hope to get more practice in reporting through this class and brush up on skills and also learn new skills.
  • I don't have any.
  • I am not quite sure what path I want to take with writing, and I fear that I never will.
  • I fear that other people in the class have already had experience with journalism and that they will be way ahead of me. I'm a fast learner so I hope I can catch up.
  • Not applicable.
  • I learn best through visuals and being able to watch a demonstration then being able to try it for myself. I also perform better by being able to ask questions frequently when I don't understand something.
  • Not applicable.
  • I learn most efficiently when the teacher really makes an effort to make sure the students understand the point they're trying to make.

Would you be interested in a program that allows you to work on both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in journalism at the same time? If so, what would you like to know about it?

  • Not at the moment.
  • I am not entirely sure at the moment but I would like to more about that program.
  • Yes, is it possible to graduate in 4 years with a bachelor's and master's?
  • I definitely would be interested but I have no idea how that is possible, and if it is I would like to hear about the entire process.
  • I would be interested in a 4+1 program. I would just like to know a little more information on the program itself and how easily and stress free it could be attained.
  • Possibly, I would like to learn more about what this would mean.
  • Yes, I would just like to know more about the program in general.
  • Yes! What is the process in getting into this program?
  • How is the workload and how long would it take?
  • Yes. I want to know everything.
  • Yes. How long would it take to get the master's degree?
  • Yes, I would like to know how it will be structured in terms of lectures and assignments. Also the grading system.
  • How that type of master's degree compares to attending a traditional two-year program at a highly competitive school and if one is seen as better from recruiters and companies I would be interning and working at.
  • Yes. I would like to know the time in which I could accomplish this.
  • That would be interesting especially since I would like to get my master's degree after the bachelor's, but right now my main focus would definitely be just working on the bachelors degree.