I’m in mid-semester taking a United States history course for an American pluralism, “gen-ed” credit. I’m assigned to read 50 pages every “other night” then take a short-answer quiz comprised of 35 questions. I feel this class evokes everything wrong with the traditional teaching and learning curriculum. I learned that, professors have already read the assigned readings, days before class. I also believe few professors can articulate theory in modern-day context.
In any case, my homework assignment for the weekend is to research and interview school officials, second-wave-feminist and the general public. After the last interview, I should be able to trace the relationship between historical fact and public opinion. Hey fellow-journalism students, does this sound familiar?
Let’s take a look at my weekly planner:
-Apple Interview at 10:30am
-Find 5 people to interview for class
-Find another 5 people to interview for class
-Write 2 papers (Journalism and History)
-Start your portfolio
In spite of my last pre-employment interview at Apple Inc, I have 10 interviews this week.
I have to admit that taking an intro to journalism class has helped my overall academic performance. I find in- class exercises to be tremendously effective. From writing leads on-the spot to interviewing our neighbor.
You see, journalism is like playing high school detective. The trick to identifying underlying causes can be found within your resources; however, attaining personal written accounts is the catch.
My history class is in no shape to be running an interview, in partly, because the course is a poor excuse for a learning habitat. And because my fellow students shared their frustration too, I shared some learned, hints, tips and signals in basic interviewing.
I know, I am not the only student out here, juggling a tape recorder and a memo pad. If anyone would like to share any ideas, expieriences, tips and hints, too, I would love to read them.