Susan Sontag started at eight and wouldn’t answer the phone until noon. Simone de Beauvoir didn’t write before 10 a.m. Hemingway, of course, wrote standing up. And William Gibson: “As I move through the book it becomes more demanding. At the beginning, I have a five-day workweek, and each day is roughly ten to five, with a break for lunch and a nap. At the very end, it’s a seven-day week, and it could be a twelve-hour day.

—Maria Popova, NASW


I’m here to help you figure out strategies to succeed in this class and beyond. If you have a diagnosed learning disability or other challenge, please meet with me so we can discuss ways that will enable you to master the work in this class and in the future.

If you need reasonable accommodations to succeed in this class, that need must be confirmed by the Disability Resource Center (520-621-3268; drc.arizona.edu) and reported privately to me at the beginning of the semester.

Journalism is about truth, accuracy and fairness. Plagiarizing, lying, making up sources or duplicating work are offenses that might rightly get a person fired and prevented from ever working in journalism again. At the UA, such infractions are covered under the university’s Code of Academic Integrity. Students should read the code.

This class has a zero-tolerance policy for plagiarism, lying, fabrication or any other type of cheating. Such cheating will result in a report to the Dean of Students Office and a recommendation to fail you on an assignment or in the class or to recommend a more extensive sanction.

Students must sign the School of Journalism’s academic integrity contract after reading the school’s Academic Integrity Policy 2011.

University and School of Journalism policy prohibits faculty, staff and students from discriminating against any person on the basis of age, ethnicity, gender, disability, color, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. I value a free exchange of ideas and thoughts during class, but let’s respect each other.

The UA seeks to promote a safe environment for students and employees. Threatening behavior by a student will result in law enforcement action and a report to the Dean of Students Office. See the university’s Policy on Threatening Behavior by Students.

1) I hold the copyright to my lectures and course materials, including student notes or summaries that substantially reflect my lectures or materials.

2) These materials are made available only for personal use by students.

3) Students may not distribute or reproduce the materials for commercial purposes without my express written consent. Students, however, may share notes on an individual basis for personal use.

4) Finally, violating my copyright may result in course sanctions and trigger the Code of Academic Integrity.


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