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Course description[edit]

Presentation, lectures, and assignments designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of mass communication; to foster an understanding of the roles and functions of communication media in our society; to present concepts and principles of journalism; and to prepare students to be intelligent users of media.

Instructor and Ambassadors[edit]

Chad Tew (Crtew (talk))
Campus Ambassadors
Online Ambassadors
GuillaumeTell (talk), ~AH1 (discuss!)


Week 1: Wikipedia Essentials[edit]

In class

Assignment #1 (due by the end of week #1): Create a Wikipedia account, know your User name and password, and establish your user page. Sign the course page by replacing your information with your assigned student number.

  • Step 1: Create a Wikipedia account and add/save information to your user page.
  • Step 2: Sign on the Wikipedia course page. Replace the dummy text for your assigned student number with your newly acquired account user name. You should have made four changes. After you are done, you should be able to click on each of those changed links and return to your user page.
  • Step 3: To practice editing and communicating on Wikipedia, introduce yourself to one of the class's Online Ambassadors (via talk page), and leave a message for the 2 classmates who will review your work on their user talk pages.

Week 2: Editing basics[edit]

In class
  • Campus Ambassadors introduce:
    • Basics of editing
    • Anatomy of Wikipedia articles, what makes a good article, how to distinguish between good & bad articles
    • What are primary and secondary reference sources?

Assignment #2: You will receive your assigned journalist's name. Search for available information about your adopted journalist on the press freedom websites, UNESCO & United Nations, Google News (archives)/news sites, YouTube, and Google. For now, record your bibliographical information in a simple form using the open and close REF tags and add them to your user page by the categories above. As you research your journalist, take special note of any and all alternative names and spellings, as well as the special characters in the names! Also note which part of the name is considered the last name. (due by the end of week 2)

  • Full name. Last name. Any alternative names or nicknames. Alternative spellings or special characters in the name.
  • Press freedom websites: CPJ, IFEX, International Press Institute, RSF
  • UNESCO & the United Nations: UNESCO
  • The Guardian, Tag - Journalist Safety: The Guardian (U.K.)
  • Google News (archives & any date): (Screen for reliable news organizations)
  • Google (archives & any date): (Take notes about reliability)
  • YouTube
  • All students have Wikipedia user accounts, have received a welcome talk message, and have listed themselves on the course page. All students have been assigned a journalist and they are beginning their research about their adopted journalist.

Week 3: Exploring the topic area[edit]

In class
Discussion about the strategies for working on articles.
Assignments (due week 4)
Search Lexis-Nexis for your journalist or the event your journalist was involved with. Remember: There may be articles that never mention your journalist but give important information about the situation or context. Put your citations into the proper format using the drop down box in the edit window.
  • Compile a bibliography of relevant research and post it to the talk page of the article you are working on. Begin reading the sources and taking notes.

Week 4: Evaluating articles[edit]

In class
Discuss your suggestions for improving articles from a select list (to be provided).
Assignment (due week 5
*Critically evaluate an existing Wikipedia article related to the class, and leave suggestions for improving it on the article's discussion page.
For next week

Week 5: Drafting starter articles[edit]

In class
  • Instructor and/or Campus Ambassadors talk about Wikipedia culture & etiquette, and [optionally] introduce the concept of sandboxes and how to use them.
  • Q&A session with instructor and/or Campus Ambassadors about interacting on Wikipedia and getting started with writing
  • Video resource: Sandbox tutorial
Assignments (due week 7)
  • If you are starting a new article, write a 3–4 paragraph summary version of your article (with citations) in your Wikipedia sandbox. If you are improving an existing article, write a summary version reflecting the content the article will have after it's been improved, and post this along with a brief description of your plans on the article's talk page.
  • Begin working with classmates and Online Ambassadors to polish your short starter article and fix any major transgressions of Wikipedia norms.
  • Continue research in preparation for expanding your article.
  • All students have started editing articles or drafts on Wikipedia.

Week 6: Building articles[edit]

In class or outside of class
Wiki assignments (due week 9)
  • Expand your article into an initial draft of a comprehensive treatment of the topic.
  • Select two classmates' articles that you will peer review and copy-edit. (You don't need to start reviewing yet.)

Week 7: Getting and giving feedback[edit]

In class
  • As a group, have the students offer suggestions for improving one or two of the students' articles, setting the example for what is expected from a solid encyclopedia article.
Wiki assignments (due week 10)
  • Peer review two of your classmates' articles. Leave suggestions on the article talk pages.
  • Copy-edit the two reviewed articles.
  • All articles have been reviewed by others. All students have reviewed articles by their classmates.

Week 8: Responding to feedback[edit]

In class
  • Open discussion of the concepts of neutrality, media literacy, and the impact and limits of Wikipedia
Wiki assignments (due week 11)
  • Make edits to your article based on peers' feedback.
  • Begin expanding your article into a comprehensive treatment of the topic.
  • Prepare for an in-class presentation about your Wikipedia editing experience.

After Spring Break: Did you know[edit]

In class
Wiki assignments (due week 8)
  • Move sandbox articles into main space.
  • For new articles or qualifying expansions of stubs, compose a one-sentence "hook," nominate it for "Did you know," and monitor the nomination for any issues identified by other editors.
  • Nominate your article for Good Article status.

After publication: Class presentations[edit]

In class
  • Students give in-class presentations about their experiences editing Wikipedia.
Wiki assignments (due week 12)
  • Add final touches to you Wikipedia article. Try to address issues from Good Article reviews.
  • Write a reflective essay (2-5 pages) on your Wikipedia contributions.

Finals: Due date[edit]

You made it!

  • Students have finished all their work on Wikipedia that will be considered for grading, and have submitted reflective essays.


This table will list each article that a student is working on, and which other students will be peer reviewers for the article.

No. User Article Country Sandbox Draft 1st reviewer 2nd reviewer
1 User:Jayyy_13 Basil al-Sayed Syria User:Jayyy_13/Basil al-Sayed Student#11 Student#30
2 User:Student#2 Darío Fernández Jaén Panama None Student#12 Student#29
3 User:Mdbaurle Zakariya Isa Nigeria User:Mdbaurle/Zakariya Isa Student#13 Student#28
4 User:Student#4 Christopher Guarin Philippines None Student#14 Student#27
5 User:Melllb Javed Naseer Rind Pakistan User:Melllb/Javed Naseer Rind Student#15 Student#26
6 User:Kjb1902 Abdisalan Sheikh Hassan (see Shabelle below) Somalia User:Kjb1902/Abdisalan Sheikh Hassan Student#16 Student#25
7 User:Elbrown1234 2011 Tikrit assault Tikrit, Iraq User:Elbrown1234/sandbox Student#17 Student#24
8 User:Student#8 Faisal Qureshi (disambiguation) Pakistan None Student#18 Student#23
9 User:Achamilton_17 Shukri Abu al-Burghul Syria User:Achamilton_17/Shukri_Abu_al-Burghul Student#19 Student#22
10 User:Dnheck May 2011 Peshawar bombing Peshawar, Pakistan User:Dnheck/May 2011 Peshawar bombing Student#20 Student#21
11 User:Abbyhughes27 Asfandyar Abid Naveed, Shafiullah Khan, June 2011 Peshawar bombings Peshawar, Pakistan User:Abbyhughes27/sandbox Student#21 Student#10
12 User:AlexJenison Farhad Taqaddosi Kabul, Afghanistan User:AlexJenison/sandbox Student#22 Student#9
13 User:Adam_jones25 Karim Fakhrawi Manama, Bahrain User:Adam_jones25/Karim_Fakhrawi Student#23 Student#8
14 User:Alcapwn187 Radio journalists in Somalia Somalia User:Alcapwn187/Somali Radio Journalism Student#24 Student#7
15 User:Sixtine.dollars Gilles Jacquier France/Syria See main space Student#25 Student#6
16 User:IBMcNulty Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz Mexico User:IBMcNulty/Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz Student#26 Student#5
17 User:Alecblink182 Medardo Flores Honduras User:Alecblink182/Medardo Flores Student#27 Student#4
18 User:Mattcshaw Pedro Alfonso Flores Silva Peru User:Mattcshaw/Pedro Alfonso Flores Silva Student#28 Student#3
19 User:Spirit_of_Steph Phamon Phonphanit Thailand User:Spirit of Steph/Phamon Phonphanit Student#29 Student#2
20 User:Jill_Ackerman Valderlei Canuto Leandro Brazil User:Jill_Ackerman/Valderlei Canuto Leandro Student#30 Student#1
21 User:Student#21 Umesh Rajput India None Student#1 Student#20
22 User:Cmbrown1016 Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe (see Shabelle below) Somalia User:Cmbrown1016/Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe Student#2 Student#19
23 Student #23 (Later: Marisol Macías) Mexico None Student#3 Student#18
24 User:Decurry Miguel Ángel López Velasco Mexico User:Decurry/Miguel Ángel López Velasco Student#4 Student#17
25 Student #25 Merardo Alejandro Romero Chávez Paraguay None Student#5 Student#16
26 User:Keellerman Enenche Akogwu Nigeria User:Keellerman/Enenche Akogwu Student#6 Student#15
27 User:Ifraser41 Nansok Sallah Nigeria User:Ifraser41/sandbox Student#7 Student#14
28 User:Regentry Mukarram Khan Atif Pakistan User:Regentry/Mukarram Khan Atif Student#8 Student#13
29 User:Mphermann Li Xiang (Journalist) China Li Xiang (Journalist) Student#9 Student#12
30 Student #30 Wisut "Ae" Tangwittayaporn Thailand None Student#10 Student#11
31 User:Cmjohannes Soran_Mama_Hama Iraq User:Cmjohannes/Soran_Mama_Hama Student#41 Student#50
32 User:Student#32 Article Country None Student#42 Student#49
33 User:SMLabno Luciano Leitão Pedrosa Brazil User:SMLabno/Luciano Leitão Pedrosa Student#43 Student#48
34 User:Brock_Marshall Elias Kifle (exiled) Ethiopia/USA User:Brock_Marshall/Elias Kifle Student#44 Student#47
35 User:Dredd45 Bashir Nur Gedi (see Shabelle below) Somalia User:Dredd45 Student#45 Student#46
36 User:Kbparrish20 Merardo Alejandro Romero Chávez Paraguay User:Kbparrish20/Merardo Alejandro Romero Chávez Student#46 Student#45
37 User:Bigsqhunter Wael Mikhael incident Egypt User:Bigsqhunter/Death of Wael Mikhael Student#47 Student#44
38 User:Student#38 Nedim Şener (arrested) Turkey None Student#48 Student#43
39 User:Sgsettle Valério Nascimento Brazil User:Sgsettle/Valério Nascimento Student#49 Student#42
40 User:Student#40 Article Country None Student#50 Student#41
41 User:Laceylochness David Niño de Guzmán Bolivia User:Laceylochness/David Niño de Guzmán Student#31 Student#36
42 User:Sahara6sb Misael López Solana Mexico User:Sahara6sb/sandbox Student#32 Student#37
43 User:Mommak68 Luz Marina Paz Villalobos Honduras User:Mommak68/Luz Marina Paz Villalobos Student#33 Student#38
44 Student#44 Charles Ingabire (stub) Rwanda None Student#34 Student#39
45 User:Mattman636 José Oquendo Reyes Peru User:Mattman636/José Oquendo Reyes Student#35 Student#40
46 User:Wnwilson1 Noel López Olguín Mexico Wikipedia_talk:Articles_for_creation/Noel_López_Olguín Student#34 Student#35
47 User:Mvwold Death of Jamal al-Sharaabi Yemen User:Mvwold/Death of Jamal al-Sharaabi Student#37 Student#34
48 User:Jonwolf88 Ivory Coast incidents* Ivory Coast User:Jonwolf88/Ivory Coast incidents Student#38 Student#33
49 User:Student#49 Article Country User:SandboxDraft Student#39 Student#32
50 User:Student#50 Article Country User:SandboxDraft Student#40 Student#31
  • Terrorist incident #1: Tikrit, Iraq, 29 March 2011, which killed Sabah al-Bazi and Muammar Khadir Abdelwahad.
  • Terrorist incident #2: Peshawar, Khyber Super Market, 10 May 2011, which killed Nasrullah Khan Afridi.
  • Terrorist incident #3: Peshawar, Khyber Super Market, 11 June 2011, which killed Asfandyar Abid Naveed (incorrectly reported as Asfandyar Khan) and Shafiullah Khan
  • Radio journalists in Somalia: Mohamud Mohamed Yusuf, Radio IQK, July 4, 2009; Barkhat Awale, Radio Hurma, was killed August 24, 2010; Farah Hassan Sahal, Radio Simba, was killed 4 August 2011; Abdiaziz Ahmed Aden, Radio Markabley, was killed 4 October 2011.
  • Shabelle Media Network in Somalia (Radio): The last three media directors of this network were killed and it received a world press freedom prize. Update information about the network but add sections for these directors and more detailed information about the prize they were given. Look for more information about Bashir Nur Gedi, killed 2007; Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe, killed 2009; and Hassan Osman Abdi, killed January 31, 2012.
  • Under the entry Second Ivorian Civil War, write about the journalists killed during the conflict between former President Laurent Gbagbo from the Ivory Coast and forces supporting President Alassane Ouattara. Marcel Legré was a print machinist for a daily newspaper Notre Voie (Translation: Our Voice) when he was killed 28 February 2011 in Koumassi. Sylvain Gagnetau Lago was killed 8 May 2011 in Abidjan. Gilles Tutsi Murris Dabé was killed 20 November 2011. Those three killed since Ouattara assumed the presidency in December 2010. Gbagbo currently awaits trial at the International Criminal Court.

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Wikipedia contributions will be graded as follows:

Criteria Below Standard Good Excellent
Biographical Details: Who, alt names, life dates, nationality, job, medium, & outlet & city/country of outlet, and where died. Mistakes, Holes Missed some (of available publicly available info) Thorough (n/a birth date)
Notability Statement: Why is this person worthy of inclusion in an encyclopedia Implicit Not as explicit or not as signficant Explicit and signficant
Death: What happened? Mistakes, Holes in 5 ws & h Missed one of 5ws & h (of available publicly available info) Who, what, where, when, why, how (or how much/many)?
Context: What info will help your audience better understand the situation Didn't explain much about country or phenomenon Explained country or phenomenon Made connections between journalist and country or phenomenon
Impact: Expand on the point of notability. Left implicit or didn't adequately expland or back up Made explicit but didn't expand or back it up Clearly spelled out significance, expanded on it, and backed it up
Personal and Career Data Unexplored (available info) Found some (available info) Complete or entrepreneurial effort in research
Internal & External Links Linked to some relevant points / Unexplored Linked to relevant points / Explored Linked to most relevant points / Entrepreneurial
References Mistakes, lacked reference(s) or proper style Could use more support or had minor style problems All important information was backed with references and in proper style with no mistakes.