04 Sep

Welcome to J202!

Hello Young Scholars of J202! Welcome to the SJMC and to the start of our exciting 6-credit adventure together. This week you’ll only go to the second lab meeting of the week — this means that if your lab meets Monday/Wednesday, you should go to lab Wednesday afternoon, if your lab meets Tuesday/Thursday, you should go on Thursday, and if your lab meets Wednesday/Friday, you’ll go on Friday.

We’ll meet as a big group for lecture for the first time on Monday, Sept. 11, at 9:30 a.m. Here are things you need to do before then (or, ideally, before your first lab):

  1. Read the syllabus. It’s linked in the navigation bar at the top of the page.
  2. Check out the schedule for the semester, also above.
  3. On the schedule page, note the Readings tab at the bottom of the sheet as well. Complete the readings as soon as you can.
  4. Read and do all of the assignments for Week 1 on the Assignments page. (Guess where?)
  5. Read the Individual Story page above and all the subpages linked below it.
  6. Just ignore the Final Project pages for a while.
  7. Look at the Admin tab, too, so you know where to find lecture notes, extra credit info and other good stuff.
  8. Join our Facebook group.
  9. Ignore the posts below this one on the front page. We’ll keep them around a bit in case anyone from last semester is still using some of the information from spring semester.
  10. Take a deep breath. The fun is about to begin!
04 May

A few final notes

The last labs of spring 2017 met this afternoon, and everything should be posted to your websites by now. (You won’t be able to make any changes after noon Friday, so be sure to get it all finished up by then. This also means that if you want access to any of your final project content for your personal portfolios — and you should! — you should screenshot it or make PDFs now. It will all be archived, but I won’t have easy access to retrieve anything for you.)

So, that means we’ve just got the pitch meeting, and you’re done!

Here are some things you should know about the pitch presentations, which run from 7:45-9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, in Vilas 2195 (our Monday morning home for the last few months):

1. Meredith and I drew a random order for the presentations:

1. (You)trition

2. Tür

3. BrandGram

4. Unleased

5. PoD

6. Canine Connect

7. MadLocal

2. There will be three members of the angel investor pitch panel:

· Dennis Chaptman — former reporter and former news and media relations director for UW-Madison, now principal at Chaptmanconnsect

· John Lucas — former reporter, now director of University Communications at UW-Madison

· Jenny Price — editor of On Wisconsin alumni magazine

Meredith and I will also be sitting with them at a table toward the front

3. Please email me an updated copy of your one-page backgrounder memos so we can have revised copies for the pitch panel.

4. There will be three awards given at the pitch Wednesday:

· Pitch panel choice — this is the one the panel would choose to fund — the prize is bragging rights and the Tompkins Cup
· Best pitch

· Best website — this one will be decided by Meredith and me and will be announced Wednesday

5. Attendance at the final pitch presentations is MANDATORY — as the J202 website makes clear, you will receive a zero instead of the group grade for the final project grade (awarded to your full section) if you do not attend the final pitch. Your TA will take attendance at 7:45 a.m. — there will be no exceptions if you miss it or are late. So, make a phone tree, plan to meet for breakfast or gather for an early-morning run — whatever you do, have a plan to make sure everyone in your lab is up and there!

Is there anything I’m missing?

Finally, my J345 class did their own pitches tonight, and the best ones were those where the presenters were simply having a conversation with the audience. But you can only achieve that with lots of practice. Good luck putting the final touches on everything!

30 Apr

Pitch practice Monday!

Monday, May 1, is the day when you’ll practice your pitches — you’ll have a chance to run through your pitch as if Stacy, Meredith and your TA are the panel of experts. All Pitch teams will attend the full lecture session from  9-11 a.m. The other members of each lab will attend for that lab’s assigned pitch time. After a lab’s practice pitch is over, you’re welcome to head to another room to go through feedback and talk about how to improve.
Here’s the schedule:

  • 308: 9:00 a.m.
  • 307: 9:15 a.m.
  • 305: 9:30 a.m.
  • 304: 9:45 a.m.
  • 303: 10:00 a.m.
  • 302: 10:15 a.m.
  • 301: 10:30 a.m.

P.S. If your lab hasn’t submitted the backgrounder that was due at 5 p.m., please send it to Stacy, Meredith and your TA ASAP.

21 Apr

Platform team meetings Monday, April 24

We’ll look forward to seeing the Platform teams on Monday morning for some quick meetings. You don’t need to prepare anything formal — just be ready to show us what you have so far on your design and websites, and we’ll offer any feedback we have. Note there’s a change in venue: We’ll meet in one of the J202 labs. Here’s the schedule:
304: 9:00 a.m.
305: 9:15 a.m.
307: 9:30 a.m.
308: 9:45 a.m.
301: 10:00 a.m.
302: 10:15 a.m.
303: 10:30 a.m.