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Dr. Harris, I don't mean to rush you, but how soon can you grade our first assignment and give us our discussion grade? I want to know how I'm doing so far in the class. Thanks!

No worries! I expected this question soon enough! Unfortunately, and as many of you all know, my access to Blackboard last week ran into a couple of problems. There were also additional Blackboard access problems this week as well. As a result, while I was able to push notifications, I was not able to stay logged in long enough to grade and it did put me behind on my grading process. However, I am hoping to start my marathon grading this weekend!

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Dr. Harris, just for clarification purposes...for the Client Overview & Concept Brainstorm assignment... are we supposed to pick the client based on the Houston Non-Profit Organization attachment on Blackboard or are we allowed to pick our own client to do research on? Thanks for your input.

Yes, the list of Houston Non-Profit Organizations was provided for you to choose your client. The purpose of the list was to provide several options and to also provide preliminary information for you to use as a foundation for your research and client overview. I hope this helps!

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H Dr. Harris I'm having a difficult time with the UHDLibrary the articles I find are not 2014 and above. Do it have to be an article from the UHD library?

Hey! The article does not have to be from UHD's library, however it should be from a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal. I'm certain you should be able to find at least one article within the broad parameters of the assignment unless you have a very specific focus. If that's the case, send me an e-mail and I'll send you some tips.

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Hi professor, I am in your COMM3303 class and I wanted to see if you could give a little more clarification on A2: Client Overview and Concept Brainstorm (p. 164). Are we actually submitting anything for this?

Yes, this assignment was foreshadowed in previous week's notes and included on the syllabus. The assignment description is now visible in Blackboard. I'll also be sending out an announcement soon.

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Hi Dr. Harris, Do we have any assignments due tomorrow? I don't see any listed.

It's difficult to answer without knowing which course you're enrolled in. However, I will say that my 3313 section has a discussion forum due this weekend and my 3303 section has an exam that will be open from Friday-Sunday.

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I accidentally submitted a draft for my potential client list, because it had the same name in my word docs...is there a way to resubmit the correct one?

I created an additional attempt in Blackboard. In the future, note that typically your assignments will allow for two attempts for mishaps as common as these :)

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Dr. Harris, under the Advertising Assignments tab there is no content to display. Where can we find the instructions for the ad assignment that is due on Friday? Also the tab where we are supposed to submit the assignment isn't working.

The assignment description and an example document should be visible. There was an error in the submission process but it has been corrected.

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Hello Dr. Harris, do we have to buy the textbook and also do we need the 12th edition or the 11th will be fine to get also? Comm Mass Media. Thanks

Yes, our text is required for this course. The 12th edition is more affordable and will be the one used for my lectures, however, there is not a dramatic change in the overall content from one to other. In sum, I strongly urge you to purchase the 12th edition.

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Good morning Dr. Harris, Where do we submit our Online Readiness Self-Assessment? Should it be through email/gatormail? Darci Thompson COMM 3303 21752

Hi Darci! Excellent question. I've created an assignment submission link in our Current Week folder on Blackboard. Please upload as an attachment using this link.

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For Comm3314 the announcement say's Thursday is a presentation day. Are we presenting our research? And it's value?

Yes. Tomorrow you should come prepared with a 3-minute talk on your research. You should include:
1. Introduction/Problem Statement (Intro/Lit review)
2. Research Question/Hypothesis
3. How you will address RQ/H (Method plan)
4. Why it matters
That's it! And, make it engaging and fun!

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For Comm 3314 Is the research prospectus due on tomorrow the tenth or on the fifteenth the syllabus and the turn in link have different due dates

I made the announcement in class that the deadline was extended until November 15th (and today is a Prospectus Work Day). I'll see you next week!

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Hello Dr. Harris, Do you have a list of university events we could attend for a communications course? I am currently asking all of my Comm professors. Thanks in advance. Lorrie

Hi Lorrie, I'm not sure if you mean attend for extra credit or just for interest, but I upload event flyers to a folder for students. You can view recent flyers here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BwPLQrBH0I5HZGtkTGNfamthZFk?usp=sharing. I'll also update soon as I believe there are more to add. Hope this helps!

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Dr. Harris I am having trouble on following and how to use the AP style book. For example what should I be looking at in order to do my autobiography rewrite?

This is a great question - I touched briefly on the importance of AP Style in the handout, "5 Questions to Ask when Editing and Revising." However, using AP Style is not always intuitive and is a life-long commitment for media writers. AP Style sets standards for journalistic style (in other words, it tells you how to write) in areas such as numbers, percentages, ages, dollar amounts, street addresses, dates, job titles, movie/song titles, academic degrees and much, much more. Are you using any of these in your autobiography? Chances are you are. If this is the case, you should open your AP Stylebook and look at the entry for what you are writing. For example, AP Style tells us that academic departments should be all lowercase except for words that are proper nouns or adjectives. This means that if you were writing about pursuing your degree in the "department of arts and humanities" it should be all lowercase. However, if your degree is from the "department of English," you would capitalize English because it is a proper adjective. Take a few moments to open your AP Stylebook and read some of the entries to help you get familiar with how the style guide works. Hope this helps!

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Where can I learn to write movie scripts?

This is a complex question. Hence, I took a while to answer. Of course, if you want to learn how to write a movie script (outside of enrolling in a film institute), you could always Google "How to Write a Movie Script" for insight. However, I would suggest that you work on paying close attention to films that you like. What do you like about them? What is the dialogue like? Note that writing for a movie encompasses more than just what your characters are saying, but also shifts in time, character development and more. Think about the complete story you'd like to tell and then get down to the technical components.

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When writing option 2 of writing assignment 3, who do we give our salutations to and what address should we send the PR letter to?

You should address to potential students. For example, "Dear Future Student," or "Dear John Doe" (to indicate student's name will be added later). An address is not required for this assignment unless you would like to make up one for formatting purposes. (I imagine the letter would be sent via e-mail anyway).

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