This is CSUN Journalism Prof. Linda Bowen's website for Media Mentors. On the navigation bar left, you will find links for important class and Journalism Department information. For example, click on INFORMATION, and you will find the professor's office location, hours and other key information. Lots of information about the Journalism Department is available as well.
A NOTE ABOUT MOODLE:
Students will find course syllabi and more class content on the course's Moodle site, the university's learning management site operated through CSUN's Academic and Information Technology departments.
The highest standards of academic excellence and integrity are expected of students in the CSUN Journalism Department. Plagiarism and other forms of cheating will not be tolerated. Any Journalism major or minor caught cheating will be reported to the University's dean of students and will receive – at the very least – a failing grade in the class. For further explanation of the behavior defined as cheating, and more detailed discussion of disciplinary procedures, consult pp. 647-648 in the 2012-14 CSUN Catalog, also available online at www.csun.edu/catalog.
Please also remember that U.S. copyright laws protect much of the information posted on the Internet. Passing this information off as your own is a violation of CSUN's plagiarism policy, and carries the penalties outlined above.
Students in this course are strongly encouraged to broaden their journalistic experiences, with the instructor's help, by including in their work people and subjects, such as: ethnic, racial and religious minorities; the elderly, disabled and poor; gay men and lesbians, and other similar groups. The intent is to ensure that student work reflects diversity of the community. Ethically, journalists are particularly concerned with avoiding sexism and ethnic and gender stereotypes as well as adhering to guidelines for writing about special groups as they develop and interview sources for their reporting.
Out of respect for your classmates and the professor, please turn off your cell phones during class sessions unless otherwise instructed. You may be asked to leave if you are texting or checking non-news or journalism-related messages or any other non-class related activities. iPad and Laptop use allowed, if it is for course work. Prof. Bowen is dedicated to creating a respectful and dignified classroom environment where learning can thrive and where it's safe to discuss and disagree.