About Journalism

Facilities & Equipment

  • Public Access Terminal
    • The JRR has 1 public-access terminal that can be used for up to 5 minutes.
    • This computer is primarily used for printing and checking email, as it does not have any productivity software such as Word or Excel.
  • iMac workstations
    • The JRR has 5 iMac work stations for academic use.
    • Software includes both Microsoft Office for Mac and Adobe Creative Suite programs, as well as ability to print.
  • iPads
    • The JRR has 2 iPads that may be checked out for 4 hours.
    • The iPads are for use in the JRR only.
  • Laptops
    • The JRR has 5 MacBook Pro computers that may be checked out for 4 hours.
    • The laptops are for use in the JRR only.
    • Laptop software includes both Microsoft Office for Mac and Adobe Creative Suite programs.
  • Equipment
    • Students registered for a class that requires the use of audio/visual equipment may check out materials from the Journalism Reading Room for class-related purposes.
    • Users will be required to sign an equipment checkout contract and confidentiality waiver to use all audio/visual equipment from the JRR. See a copy of the contract here and the waiver here.

Connecting to the Internet

Vilas Hall (including the JRR) is a wireless access point, so anyone with a UW NetID may connect to the wireless internet from within the JRR. For instructions on logging into the UW wireless internet, please see this DoIT page on connecting to the wireless network. Ethernet cords are also available for checkout in the JRR for a wired connection.

Printing

The JRR has one public-use printer connected to the computer stations. Printing costs 7 cents per page and must be paid for using a UW print card. There is no print card machine in Vilas Hall; the nearest place to purchase one is the Business Library, just across Park Street in Grainger Hall.

Copying

There is a copy machine just outside the JRR. Copying costs 10 cents per page and must be paid for using a UW print card. JRR materials may be taken into the hallway in order to use the copy machine.

Wide screen Monitor

In the Frank Thayer Alcove, there is a 32-inch wide screen monitor that students and Journalism faculty/staff may use for presentations or meetings. The monitor may be used with a Mac Mini that is already attached (along with a wireless keyboard and mouse) or connected to a laptop. Please see the Frank Thayer Alcove page for more information.

Food and Drink Policy

Food and covered drinks are allowed in the JRR, provided patrons take care to contain or clean up any messes and do not disturb other patrons.