31 Jan

Updates on schedule, deadlines, office hours and more

What a week we’ve had! Thank you all for your patience and flexibility as we’ve figured things out. Jesse and I have been busy over the last couple of days rearranging the schedule to make up for the lab we lost this week.

If you look at the schedule posted here you might notice that some assignments and activities have been moved around. We’ve done the best we could to arrange it in a way that covers essential material while also giving you enough time to complete everything the best you can. We may decide we need to move something again, but we’ll give you a warning if we need to adjust your deadline.
Those of you in Labs 305 and 306 (which meet Tuesday/Thursday afternoon), remember you should be in class from 1-2:50 p.m. today, and Lab 307 (which meets Wednesday/Friday) will be on from 9-11:50 a.m. tomorrow. If you’ve already had lab once this week, you’re good until next week.
Here’s what you need to know about deadlines:
  1. Your IS pitch, which was supposed to be due Monday at the start of lecture, is now due at the start of your Lab 2 in Week 3.
  2. The grammar and style quizzes still need to be done by the start of lecture Monday.
  3. We will have our quiz as planned on Monday during lecture — you should do the week 3 readings, check the news, get to know your AP Stylebook and read over your notes from lecture to prepare.
  4. The practice points assignment you got/will get in lab this week is due at the start of Lab 1 in Week 3.
  5. Your portfolio URL should already be submitted, and your resume needs to be posted by Wednesday at midnight.

Because of the university reopening at noon, I will have to adjust my regular Thursday office hours — I’ll be available in the lobby on the 5th floor of Vilas from noon-12:30 p.m., and then again from 1-1:30 p.m. My special Friday office hours are still on as scheduled (there’s one slot left: go.wisc.edu/j202spring2019officehourswithstacy).

We’ll see you all in 2195 Monday morning — until then, let’s cross our fingers that promised thaw is on its way…

29 Jan

Update on labs this week

As you’ve probably seen by now, the university is closing between 5 p.m. today and noon Thursday. Because I know many of you have concerns about getting to class — and we want all of the labs to keep moving at the same pace — we’re also canceling the labs Tuesday afternoon.

Here’s what it means for you:
Labs 305/306 (T/R Noon-3 p.m.) — NO lab Tuesday
Lab 307 (W/F 9 a.m.-noon) — NO lab Wednesday
Labs 301/302 (M/F 1-4 p.m.) — NO lab Wednesday
Labs 303/304 (T/R 9 a.m.-noon) — NO lab Thursday
Labs 305/306 (T/R Noon-3 p.m.) — you WILL have lab Thursday
Lab 307 (W/F 9 a.m.-noon) — you WILL have lab Friday

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. And please keep an eye on your email — we will need to rearrange the schedule for the next couple of weeks, so we’ll be moving around some deadlines.

Also note — your portfolio blog URL must still be in by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Stay warm and safe!

28 Jan

Lecture videos

For those of you who couldn’t make lecture today, there are two videos available for you to watch what you missed. (Unfortunately, my computer ate the first 45 minutes, but I recreated it for you.)

You can find them in this Box folder.

25 Jan

Get ready for week 2

Jesse and I really enjoyed meeting all of you and answering your questions about J202. Hopefully by the end of that first lab, you were feeling settled and ready for everything ahead of you in the next few months.
I’ll be sending out and posting a newsletter on Fridays to offer some reminders of deadlines and help you start thinking about the week ahead. Here’s your first one…
What we’ll talk about next week:
The IS, media writing, leads and responsibility
Lecture Monday 9:30 a.m. in Vilas 2195 (no quiz this week but come ready to talk about current events, the readings and any questions you might have)
What to do for Monday:
Make sure you’ve done everything for Week 1 (you’ll be signing a form saying you’ve completed it all)
Do the Week 2 readings
Start following the #J202 hashtag on Twitter
Individual story:
Nothing due yet, but you should start brainstorming ideas for your topic. Two people can’t cover the same thing — that means the first person who pitches an idea gets it, so come up with a few ideas.
If you want to come talk with me about your idea and pitch, sign up for a time in special office hours on Friday, Feb. 1.
Portfolio blog:
Submit your portfolio blog URL to the Google Form by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday
Professional practice events (remember you need to attend two, you can go to more for extra credit):
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 8:30-10:30 a.m.: Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Career Fair, Madison Concourse Hotel
Many more to come! Keep an eye on the calendar on the website for all of the listings.
Other notes:
I called the bookstore Thursday, and the clerk told me the AP Stylebooks should be in by early next week at the latest.

It’s also come to my attention that Amazon has removed the rental option for “Aim For the Heart.” Here’s another way to rent an electronic version, which would get you access to the book for 90 days (plenty of time) for less than $20.

https://www.redshelf.com/book/881578/aim-for-the-heart-881578-9781506315263-al-tompkins

Any questions? Please let me know — otherwise, enjoy your weekend, and we’ll see you Monday morning!