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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Moving Forward

Watched all of President Obama's hour press conference. 

He appears very presidential and very professional, humbled but still intelligent and very much in favor of moving forward. He did not attack, but did allude, but only after the words were put into his mouth by a reporter, to his story of Republicans sitting on the sideline slipping slurpies while he and others pushed to get us out of the mud. 

Compromise to move forward were his thrust...but he did not concede to any sort of Republican ideology victory. He made clear that it was a reflection of the mood of the country and of hard fought information battles where he feels the could have done better to counter the loud forces pushing the other way.

He congratulated those who stood by him making hard governing decisions knowing it could and did lose them reelection in Republican and split districts, states and governor's mansions. He said they did what they felt was right as public servants.

News media immediately called him "somber", "sober", "serious". Funny I did not see the same press conference. I saw hope, faith and optimism of cooperation, referring to the "shellacking" two great communicators had after their first two years, Reagan and Clinton. The media grabbed one word "shellacking" and not the message.

CNN keeps calling the president "sober and sad."

Their pundits make it sound like a blood bath and defeat. On all networks they shout at each other to make sure that they are heard instead of the president's message or the message of the election.

I saw honest, optimistic and positive.

Researching your topic

Researching your speeches
 requires three activities: preparing to do your research, gathering information, and evaluating what you've found. Preparing begins with determining what you know and don't know about your topic. Use your own experiences as the basis for developing your research strategy. Preparation also requires identifying multiple perspectives and sources, particularly those that challenge your assumptions.

The best safe bet for finding academic resources is to seek out university press publications (but not textbooks, as they are directory in nature), academic and professional journals, web sites that end in .edu or .gov, and primary sources such as interviews with experts or individuals who have direct experience in the area you are investigating. Often these individuals can refer you to written sources or to others who may be able to help in gathering strong references and resources.

Its vast variety of sources makes your campus library the logical stop in gathering information. Use of the on-line library that may come with your student fees is vital to finding academic sources and resources. A short e-mail or in-person exchange with a librarian can save you hours of frustration. Library databases often contain hundreds of full-text databases, so you can download information onto your own computer.

Organizations offer another source for gathering information about your speech topic. A local company or other institution often can provide up-to-date information your audience may find especially relevant.

Click on "read more" below for additional information and links on the subject of  "researching your topic."

Half Way There: links and advice for CSN Com students

Final is five weeks from Tuesday.
You have a potential of 500 points out of 1,000.
So half your points are yet to come.
If you need to pull up your grade you can still do so.
If you want to blow it (for some reason) you can still do that too.
And then also consider extra credit (options have been provided in previous e-mail).

Yet to come!!!
Impromtu:100 POINTS
Persuasive: 200 points
Final: 200 points.

Remember to concentrate on academic resources
Remember to do the outlines correctly (see Angel - course content tab > resources and study materials > 3. Outlining.
Remember to staple your papers in the following order: Evaluation sheet, Narrative, thumbnail, full outline, reference inside outline and at end of outline as part of outline.
Remember to use APA correctly.
Watch your time.
Form study groups.
midterm -
quizes, -see angel mail and blog menu on right side of blog

Chapter reviews - see blog menu on right side of blog

Unit Notes - see blog menu on right side of blog

Sample final- to be posted in a few weeks
Reread textbook and if needed use the videos and other support material on Angel:
Review sample final - to be posted later in term

Lots of work?
Yes, but also 50% of your grade! Half your grade still to be earned.
And do not forget the edge of posting on the blog, participation and extra credit.