Resources

Required readings

The required readings for the course is available in a course pack being printed at Student Print, which is on the 3rd floor of the Student Services Tower:

On a sunny December day, pedestrians walk past the University Square complex and Student Services Tower at 333 East Campus Mall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Dec. 4, 2012. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)
On a sunny December day, pedestrians walk past the University Square complex and Student Services Tower at 333 East Campus Mall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Dec. 4, 2012. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

You can also find the PDF version of the required readings by clicking the website’s side menu on the left called, “Readings- online archive,” or by following this link:

https://uwmadison.box.com/s/tdmbg7q0qo3wos63tg8b9sulygbswt8g

*Note that to view the PDF version you need to log-in to your UW- Box account

Writing Resources

The Writing Center at UW-Madison is a place to get help with the mechanics of writing: grammar, spelling, organization and argument structure.

TAs in J201 are content specialists–they can help with media-related questions and help you find relevant resources and craft strong arguments. But they are not writing coaches. We expect that essays turned in–including first drafts–will be clean, with good grammar, spelling, punctuation and organization.

Assignments turned in in J201 should conform to APA style. For help with APA style visit the APA Style Page of the Writing Center at UW-Madison .

There are resources uploaded on Box that will help you learn how to: develop and support arguments; revise drafts; acknowledge and paraphrase ideas that are not your own; and cite sources for your Media Analysis Essays. These resources can be found by clicking the website’s side menu on the left called, “Writing Resources”.

News Resources

In J201  you are expected to keep up with current events by reading news on a regular basis. A regular (ideally daily) experience with news is essential for professionals in entertainment, strategic communication, and journalism.

In-section quizzes and short writing assignments will cover current events, as well as concepts from the required readings and lectures.

Some newspapers (webpages) you might consider subscribing to, either in print or online:
  • The Wisconsin State Journal
  • The Capital Times (available free each Wednesday)
  • The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
  • The Chicago Tribune
  • The Chicago Sun-Times
  • The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • The Los Angeles Times
Some news magazines you might consider:
  • Time
  • U.S. News and World Report
  • The Economist
  • The Nation
  • The Weekly Standard

Many of these publications will have student rates.