Friday, April 9, 2010

Evaluating your instructors


The Student Perception of Instruction (SPI) evaluation will be available for you to complete online during the last two weeks of class.

When you enter the myUCF portal during the evaluation period, you will receive a notice to complete the SPI forms for your course(s).

This notice will continue to appear until you complete the assessment for all enrolled courses or the evaluation period ends.

Troubleshooting - If you have difficulty accessing the form, or do not see the option to fill out an evaluation for a class, you should contact the Service Desk at (407) 823-5117, via e-mail at, or via the web at

Monday, April 5, 2010


Here are the revised dates for handing in papers etc.

Monday, April 26 - Deadline for submitting final published story. Deadline for handing in your final feature. Worth 100 points.

Monday, APRIL 26 - Final AP Style test - worth 50 points.

Wednesday, April 28 - No class that day as exams begin.

Monday, May 3 - Final meeting at 1 p.m. I will return your papers and give out grades. This time was stipulated by the administration and cannot be changed.

A Eureka Moment

For the first time, every member of one of my classes has had a story published in the Central Florida Future, making them eleigible for at least a C grade.

This is a tremendous accomplishment. I know it isn't easy to fit in the assignments in addition to all the work you have to do for other classes.

And we have now logged 37 published stories -- only 4 to go to break that record.

You should be very proud.

Ann H.

Sunday, April 4, 2010


We will switch our attention to news feature writing. First we will have a news quiz -- thank Maria for providing most of the questions.

Then we'll discuss what makes a feature different from a news story and you'll get a chance to do a writing exercise.

Unfortunately, Kevin Clark won't be able to tell us how he went from journalism school at Miami directly to the Wall Street Journal. Kevin is starting work in NYC this week as a sports writer.