Thursday Pre-convention Workshops

Advanced InDesign • $20
1–5 p.m. Limit 36.
Take your design skills to the next level with this seminar that will show you how to use the power of InDesign to streamline your publication production. Bradley Wilson, MJE, of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, will cover libraries, styles and other InDesign tricks. Participants must bring their own laptops with Adobe Photoshop CS6 or later installed. Two students may share one laptop.

Broadcast and Video Boot Camp • $30
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Limit 30.
In this hands-on workshop, beginning and intermediate students will learn the fundamentals of creating an effective news package from the ground up. This includes videography, sound recording, editing and story structure. Working in small teams, participants will spend the morning developing their videography skills and planning a story, and the afternoon shooting and editing that story. The instructor will be Michael Hernandez of Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California. Participants must bring their own video cameras, tripods, microphones and laptops with editing software. Please test and become familiar with your equipment before attending the session, as the presenter may not be familiar with your specific hardware/software.

Creative Coaching • $20
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 72
The key to a successful magazine, newspaper or yearbook is empowering your staff members to improve with every piece of work they turn in. This interactive session, led by Lori Keekley, MJE, of St. Louis Park (Minnesota) High School, will go through the coaching process for designers, photographers and writers. You will need to bring three samples of your work.

Digital Photography Workshop • $35 NEW
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Limit 40
Designed for photographers who have at least one year’s experience shooting for their publications, this intensive workshop will cover composition, lighting, cropping and camera technique. Participants will receive instruction and go out on assignment with Jed Palmer, CJE, adviser of the Eagle Eye View yearbook and the Summit newspaper in Parker, Colorado, and Mike Simons, MJE, of Corning-Painted Post High School in Corning, New York. Following the photo shoot, instructors will critique students’ work and offer editing tips and techniques. Participants must bring a digital camera, and they are encouraged to bring a laptop computer with the photo-editing program (Photoshop, Lightroom) they will use. An Off-site Permission Form (Page 7 of the registration booklet) is required for each student attending this workshop.

Fast and Furious: The Society for News Design QuickCourse • $30
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Limit 60.
This long-running pre-convention workshop is chock full of fresh ideas. Taught by Amy DeVault, MJE, of Wichita (Kansas) State University, we’ll tackle the fundamentals of print presentations — story forms, strong visuals, tasteful typography and smart packaging. Then we’ll move into the trends in news design, with dozens of ideas for photos, graphics and stories from publications around the world. Bring copies of your publication, in print or PDF, for the best part of the QuickCourse — our group critiques.

In-depth Legal Training • $8
9 a.m.–3 p.m. Limit 25.
The Student Press Law Center wants you to go into your newsroom equipped to understand your rights, protect them — and, if possible, make them even better. We’re offering a day-long workshop with SPLC Executive Director Frank LoMonte about free-speech and free-press rights in schools, what the law does and doesn’t protect, and how students can organize and campaign for better policies protecting their rights. You’ll learn to make the case for a free and uncensored press, with lessons from the successful recent campaign in North Dakota that led to The New Voices Act, one of the strongest student press-rights laws in the country.

Intensive Journalistic Writing Workshop • $25
9 a.m.-noon. Limit 50.
Since 1988, the Intensive Journalistic Writing Institute (IJWI) has trained hundreds of English and journalism teachers around the country in new approaches to teaching writing and using real examples of contemporary and classic journalistic models. Taught by Valerie Kibler, CJE, of Harrisonburg (Virginia) High School, the advisers-only institute comes to JEA/NSPA for a special half-day pre-convention workshop. Teachers will read journalistic models, explore journalistic writing modes, learn teaching techniques and explore new unit plans to incorporate journalistic writing in your English curriculum.

Leadership Seminar • $30
Students: 9 a.m.-noon. Limit 60.
Advisers: 1-4 p.m. Limit 50.
We’re all different people, which makes us different types of leaders. Sometimes, you’ll fall right in line with the team; other times, not so much. This session will help you figure out how you lead, and, more importantly, how others think you lead. Taught by Tara Puckey, associate executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists, this half-day workshop will make you a better, stronger, more effective leader and teach you how to work with people who aren’t anything like you.

Online Boot Camp • $35
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Limit 45.
Whether launching your website or just looking for ideas to revive your existing site, this seminar will provide a look at best practices and provide you with easy tools to make your online publication shine. This workshop is taught by Chris Waugaman, MJE, of Prince George (Virginia) High School and will cover everything from third-party multimedia tools and live coverage platforms to best practices in social media and interactivity. Participants may want to have login and password data available to use from their own site. All participants must bring a laptop. This session is open to both students and advisers.

Photoshop Workflow • $20
8:30 a.m.–noon. Limit 50.
Taught by Mark Murray, Arlington (Texas) Independent School District, participants will learn to use Adobe Photoshop. This workshop will emphasize a basic workflow for preparing photographs for publication. Participants must bring their own laptops with Adobe Photoshop CS4 or later installed. Two students may share one laptop. This session is open to both students and advisers.

Social Media Workshop • $25 NEW
1-5 p.m. Limit 50.
Social media is more than a quick 140-character tweet and students engaging with a quick click. Social media for student media requires ample planning and thought. In this workshop, taught by Patrick Johnson, MJE, of Antioch (Illinois) Community High School, look to be more than the viewer by learning how to create large social-media events and campaigns that have students, staff and your community engaging far beyond a simple tweet. Topics include planning and research, execution, ideas and evaluation.

Sports Seminar • $30 NEW
Students: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 25
The most-read stories in a publication are often the sports stories, but often they are filled with sports cliches and hyperbole. From understanding the sport, to interviewing, to writing the final story, the sports writer’s job is unlike any other on the media team. This workshop, taught by Pete LeBlanc, a former sports reporter and now adviser at Antelope (California) High School, will show you how to write sport stories as exciting as the event itself. You’ll have a chance to interview players or coaches and write a sports story to be critiqued at the end of the session. It’s all new and it’s geared to help you make your sports coverage the best your school media has seen.

Team Storytelling • $30
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday. Limit 54.
Great storytelling combines good writing, good photos and good design. Behind it all is good planning. In this team-based reporting experience taught by Sara Quinn of Kansas State University, and immediate past president of the Society for News Deisgn, students will work in groups of three to create real story packages. The workshop begins with instruction on planning packages with readers in mind, and then the students will go off-site to gather stories. Students will return to the convention site to finish their packages. Schools should register students in teams of three, preferably a writer, design and photographer or videographer, though certainly the students can each practice all these skills. At least one student needs InDesign skills, as the students will design their packages. Students will need to bring any equipment they might need (cameras, laptops and card readers). Students can create content for print, broadcast or web, and the workshop is recommended for experienced student journalists. An Off-site Permission form (Page 7) is required for each student attending this workshop.

Writers’ Workshop • $20
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Limit 125.
If you’re looking for ways to sharpen and brighten your writing so others will clamor to read it, this interactive workshop is for you. Taught by Dan Austin, Casa Roble High School, Orangevale, California, this seminar will entertain and inspire as we analyze excellent writing and apply the pros’ techniques to your own work. Whether you need to write a catchy headline or a 2,000-word feature, you’ll learn to improve every aspect of your writing as we discuss ledes, voice, narrative style and literary devices to tighten and strengthen your writing.