First Assignment

Lowe class, high expectations


There is no syllabus week in room 2050.

“Are you planning on teaching the entire time?” asked Brooke Henderson, 21, a junior journalism student from Pompano Beach, Florida.

University of Florida professor Herbert Lowe chuckled, and guaranteed her the class would need every minute of instruction time if they were to survive #loweclass.

Nine students had their first day in a pilot class that will lay the foundation for an intermediate reporting class at UF’s College of Journalism and Communications. Multimedia Reporting was new just like most of his students.

Only two people had taken a class with him before.

In about three hours, they got a crash course on the high expectations of #loweclass.

“Come at me correct,” Lowe said. “I will come back at your correct.”

He had a mantra of holding students accountable.

“There is no one in this class that doesn’t want to be,” Lowe reminded them.

He wanted nothing but the best from this group of students and he wasn’t the only one.

“Professor Spiker described this group as a group of all-stars,” Lowe said.

This message came directly from the chair of the journalism department.

The student’s goals were just as big as the faith Lowe and Spiker had in them.

“I feel like we need to have a better-informed society,” said John Lievonen, 20, journalism major, from Delray Beach Florida, about why he chose to go into journalism. “It’s somebody’s job to do that.”

Another student realized the power of journalism while reporting on educational disparities.

“Through that storytelling I had movers and shakers interested,” said Camille Respess, 19, journalism major, about the report in her hometown of St. Louis.

Some felt they couldn’t have stepped into this field at a better time.

“I think more authentic storytelling is more important than ever,” said Abigail Cherubin, 20, journalism student, from Pembroke Pines Florida.

No matter their goals or level of journalistic skills Lowe reassured them with a few words.

“I am inspired to be here,” he said.


Students learned that adding a photo or a video with a tweet attracts readers.

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