13 Feb

Office hours changed Thursday, Feb. 14

I’ve got to shift my drop-in office hours a bit on Thursday, Feb. 14, because of the brown bag lunch with Ayesha Rascoe of NPR at 12:30 p.m. in 2195 Vilas. (You should bring a sandwich and crack off one of those professional practice events!)

Here’s when and where you can come see me Thursday:
11 a.m. to noon, Grainger 2210 H (in the Business Learning Commons)
2-3 p.m., Grainger cafeteria

I’ve also got my special office hours Friday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Vilas 2122 (one of the J202 labs) — sign up here.

11 Feb

IS sources at the university

I had a former colleague from University Communications look over the list of IS topics, and he gave many of you suggestions of people on campus who should be helpful in getting you information. You can check the IS pitch spreadsheet to find the suggested sources for your pitch.

Please use these leads instead of trying to reach out to top administrators — unfortunately the chancellor’s office can’t handle the demand of 105 J202 students looking for comments. This should be enough to get you going, but please let your TA or me know if you have any issues.

10 Feb

Questions about grades

Now that you’re starting to get assignments back, you’ll probably have some questions about your grades. As you think about how you’re being evaluated, go back to the J202 grading priorities:
1. Accuracy
2. Lead
3. Structure
4. Clarity
5. Grammar and style

A student in office hours asked me about a rubric to understand what those measures mean when it comes to an assignment. Here’s a rubric you can check out to see how those standards translate to your grade. Just remember that your TA isn’t taking points off or adding on points for doing certain things on the rubric — you have to look at your grade holistically.

10 Feb

PP Lead Writing Video Feedback

Hello J202ers,

Here’s some video feedback for the Practice Points Lead Writing assignment. I go through a range of examples from an AB/low-A all the way down to an F so you can get an idea of how your work stacks up.

Find the video here and a written version here.

10 Feb

Examples of different kinds of leads

Until now, you’ve been working with straightforward, just the facts news leads. But that’s not the only way to begin a story. This week we’ll be using some different forms of storytelling, and you’ll need to try out some different kinds of leads. Here’s a doc with a variety of examples you could try.