Katy Culver, center, a faculty associate in journalism and mass communication, facilitates an editorial-planning discussion with journalism students in a magazine-production class in Vilas Communication Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Nov. 3, 2011. The class, which uses a combination of iPad tablets, laptop computers and traditional desktop computers, produces Curb Magazine. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

J202 Media Practices

J202 serves as the gateway practices course for the School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Each semester, 120 students in eight labs produce journalism and strategic communication across text, audio, video, print, interactive and social media. I designed the converged approach to the six-credit course as part of a new curriculum launch in 2000 and was its sole instructor for 12 years. I now rotate through the course once every three semesters.

A constantly developing and changing course, J202 has innovation, adaptability and integrity as its central focuses. The interactive timeline below covers some of the elements of the class as they have emerged over time.