Travel Reporting – Syllabus

RTV 4930/MMC6936

Instructor: Bridget Grogan
Office Hours: Available at all times while abroad or by appointment
Office Location: 2112 Weimer Hall
Phone: 294-1503 office

This course will prepare you to manage a travel blog and write about a variety of subjects such as art, cuisine, fashion, history or fun venues to visit.  Students will post to the blog a minimum of six times during the weeks we will be abroad.   Every student will be required to post at least once to every vertical on the website, such as art, cuisine, history, etc.  Your posts will include text, photos and external links and may include video, interviews, or other media that you deem appropriate for the post.  You will shoot photos and video using your iPhone or other recording device of your choice.  Posts will include a minimum of 10 photos (with one featured photo and one photo gallery) per post. Your photo gallery should contain 3-4 photos, not all of your photos.  The rest should be individually-displayed.  All photos must be captioned with information that adds new details to the story. Each post must be 1,000 words or more.


Be concise – often I see very “wordy” writing.  After you write a post, take time away from it, then go back and eliminate about 30% of your words.  You should be able to do this without losing any meaning, information or context.  Learn to reduce.

Avoid run-on sentences.  I see this much more frequently than I should.  Be concise.  Limit your sentences to conveying one idea only.  Use punctuation!  Use good grammar and vocabulary. Blog writing can be less-than-formal in tone but should be grammatically correct.  If you don’t know what a word means, don’t use it!  Poor vocabulary is a common problem.  This will really hurt your grade.

Write.  Walk Away.  Come back later and read for meaning, context, grammar and vocabulary. Edit/improve your work.

Caption ALL photos.

By the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:
Compose and shoot high-quality photographs
Add text, photos, links and video to a blog that deals with a specific subject matter
Create comprehensive blog posts that provide useful, engaging and thorough information to readers

No textbook required.  Readings will be assigned by instructor throughout the course.

Laptop – Mac or PC is fine. Make sure you have sufficient free space to store photo and video files.

You will use your phone or DSLR camera to shoot photos and video for your blog posts.

Memory cards and cables for your iPhone or other shooting device so that you can move your files to your laptop.


Blog Posts While Abroad (5)……………………..100%
A lack of class attendance will dramatically affect your final grade. Every missed class will cost you one letter grade for the course. In other words, if your final grade is an A but you missed three classes, your final grade will be reduced to a D.

Class Schedule

Class # Subject Due Dates
1 Course Overview/Fieldwork on a class blog post
2 In-class work on the group field assignment
3 How to Shoot the Perfect Travel Photograph  1 blog post due (total of 5)
4 Blog Critiques: Lessons Learned
5 Field Work  1 blog post due (total of 5)
6 Blog Critiques: Lessons Learned
7 Field Work 1 blog post due (total of 5)
8  Field Work
9  Final Blog Assessments 1 blog post due (total of 5)
June 1st – final blog post due


Grade Scale:

The UF grading policy can be found in the undergraduate catalog online.

Percent Percent Percent Percent
A 100-93% B 86-83% C 76-73% D 66-63%
A- 92-90% B- 82-80% C- 72-70% D- 62-60%
B+ 89-87% C+ 79-77% D+ 69-67%


Attendance is mandatory. Per study-abroad policy, anyone coming late (after a 5-minute grace period) loses a half-letter grade for the course, and anyone who misses a class loses a full letter grade for the course. The only exception is if you are truly ill, let me know ahead of time, and provide proof of a doctor visit. (FYI, the mandatory attendance policy also applies to other educational activities during the month abroad such as guided tours and speakers.)

Academic Integrity

University of Florida students pledge to abide by an honor code that prohibits academic dishonesty such as fabrication, plagiarism and cheating. You have an affirmative obligation to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. You also must report to appropriate personnel any condition that facilitates academic misconduct. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

When I discover cheating, my default policy is to fail all involved for the entire course and report the details to the Dean of Students Office.

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should first register with the Disability Resource Center (352-392-8565) by providing appropriate documentation. Once registered, students will receive an accommodation letter, which must be presented to me when requesting accommodation. Please request that accommodation and letter in the spring, before we depart.

Help With Coping

The UF Counseling and Wellness Center is a terrific, free resource for any student who could use help managing stress or coping with life. The center, at 3190 Radio Road on campus, is open for appointments and emergency walk-ins from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To make an appointment or receive after-hours assistance, call 352-392-1575. If you need assistance while we’re in Europe, call on any faculty member or AIFS staff member.

Course Evaluations

Students are expected to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing online evaluations. You will be notified by email when the evaluations are open, near the end of Summer C. Summary results are available to you and the public.

Student Complaint Process

Students who have complaints about any course can use the links below for information about filing a complaint:

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