Ken Blake, Ph.D.

Courses

JOUR 2710, Media Writing. A totally online undergraduate course in writing for the mass media, featuring Digital Writing Critiques of students' submissions as well as lightly-weighted "instructional assignments" aimed at letting you make mistakes and learn from them without torpedoing your semester grade and heavier-weighted "evaluation assignments" aimed at assessing what you have learned after you've had some time to practice. A required course for all majors in the School of Journalism. The course is taught via D2L.

JOUR 3520, Specialized Journalism (Computer-Assisted Reporting). A totally online undergraduate course equipping media professionals with data-based investigative skills including data analysis, graphing and statistics in Microsoft Excel; data searching, filtering and matching in Microsoft Access; and data geocoding and online mapping using Google Fusion Tables. The course features YouTube-hosted, step-by-step "how-to" videos. To sample the videos, search YouTube for "MTSUcarclass," or check out this YouTube-hosted overview. Counts toward graduation requirements for all newspaper/magazine and PR students. The course is taught via D2L.

JOUR/EMC 4660, Mass Media Research. An on-campus undergraduate course that leaves students both trained and experienced in using basic inferential statistics and scientifically valid surveys, experiments and content analysis to produce theory-based descriptions, explanations and predictions of media users' attitudes and behavior as well as other media-related related processes and effects. Featuring the YouTube-based Excel Stats Minicourse and preparation for submission to the annual spring MTSU Scholars Week Univeristy-Wide Exposition. Counts toward graduation requirements for all School of Journalism and Department of Electronic Media Communication students. 

 MC 6000, Science of Communication. An on-campus graduate course that introduces students to Excel-based data analysis and provides an in-depth exploration of empirical theories for describing, predicting and explaining media-related processes and effects. Featuring the Excel Stats Minicourse and extensive in-class practice at applying media theory to contemporary media phenomenon. A required course for a mass communication master's students. The course is also open to elective-seeking graduate students in other programs on campus and is particularly well suited to those studying psychology, sociology or political science.