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Your “information bubble” is smaller than you realize! Follow a fascinating demonstration on the impact of media targeting and the consequences of algorithms deciding what information reaches you. Then, learn what a professor from MU’s School of Journalism conveyed as key to evaluating a source – for both personal reading and academic writing/reporting. Students will gain tools to identify both real and suspect media, plus work online to practice their new skills.

Technical notes: This “workshop” is also offered in a traditional in-person format. Students should be careful not to repeat, as the content is the same in both virtual and in-person sessions (students will not receive additional points for repeated content).

Note: Students will NOT receive additional points by repeating PDP opportunities.

ABOUT THIS EVENT

  • 75 minutes is the expected time commitment for successful completion.
  • 10 PDP points earned for successful completion.
  • Critical Thinking | Competency/ies addressed in this professional development experience.
  • Students must earn a grade of 8/10 on the quiz at the end of the module in order to receive 10 PDP points. The quiz can be taken only one time per online session (no repeats within a single online session start time to end time).
  • Partial PDP points are not awarded.

This session takes students beyond the foundational knowledge gained in the BA course series (BA 1500, BA 2500, BA 3500) and helps students prepare for BA 4500 internship course opportunities and the professional world beyond.

(1) How do online PDP experiences work?

The PDP office will use your registration information to enroll you in a Canvas “course.” You can expect to receive an invitation to the Canvas experience a few days before the start date. To complete the experience, you will work through steps in a module at your own pace and according to the specific requirements of the online experience (for example, you may be instructed to watch a video, write a reflection paragraph, read an article, watch a lecture, take a quiz or any variety of these). All of the information you need will be included in the Canvas site.

(2) I want to participate in more than one event with this start date. Can I register for all events at once?

Yes. However, each event requires a separate reservation. Open each event individually to access the reservation page for that particular event.

(3) Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You may contact the Professional Development Program at Cornell Hall Room 304 or via e-mail at mubuspdp@missouri.edu.

(4) Can I transfer my registration if I decide I don’t want to do the online PDP?

No. Reservations are non-transferrable. Your reservation is set up for online access ONLY for person whose pawprint Student ID number was entered into the reservation system. If you can no longer participate, please log in to Eventbrite and cancel your original reservation. You can also email the PDP office at mubuspdp@missouri.edu and let us know your name, student ID number, start date, and name of the event that you cannot attend and request that we cancel it for you.

(5) What happens if I ask for help from someone who has done this PDP before?

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY WARNING: Any attempt to circumvent the PDP reservation system, secure a reservation for any reason outside of your own personal attendance for this event, or not complete the work yourself can be considered a violation of Academic Integrity, and is subject to consequences therein.

(6) Can I make as many reservations as I want?

Yes! However, The Professional Development Program office reserves the right to cancel reservations by any student that is abusing the reservation system. Examples of reservation system abuse include, but are not limited to, the following:Pervasive and systematic reservations beyond what is reasonable for the particular student in question

  • A pattern of no-shows at events that have been reserved
  • Any attempt to transfer reservations or profit from reservations made (see Academic Integrity Warning in FAQ #6 above).

(7) Is there a penalty if I make a reservation and then do not participate?

This is called a “no-show”. Students who demonstrate a pattern of no-shows may lose the privilege of making reservations. Please see FAQ #6 above.Have more questions? Check out these resources on the Professional Development Program website: (1) PDP Points Opportunity Syllabus (2) FAQ’s on the PDP web pagePervasive and systematic reservations beyond what is reasonable for the particular student in question


(8) Is there a penalty if I make a reservation and then do not show up?
This is called a “no-show”. Students who demonstrate a pattern of no-shows may lose the privilege of making reservations. Please see FAQ #7 above.


Have more questions? More resources are available on the Professional Development Program website.


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