Pre-convention Workshops

Thursday, Nov. 16


Advanced InDesign • $25
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 • FULL
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 instructors will be Broadcast Advisers of the Year Michael Hernandez of Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California, and Alyssa Boehringer of McKinney (Texas) High School. 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 presenters may not be familiar with your specific hardware/software.

Digital Photography Workshop • $40
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Limit 60.
Designed for photographers who have at least one year’s experience shooting for their publications, this 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 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 is required for each student attending this workshop.

Fast and Furious: The Society for News Design QuickCourse • $25
1-5 p.m. Limit 60.
This long-running pre-convention workshop is chock full of fresh ideas. Taught by Indiana University’s Ron Johnson, the six-time editor of The Best of Newspaper Design, 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.

NEW Game On: Reporting and writing sports for student media • $40
Students: 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Limit 60.
The big question has always been this: How do we report and write about games played days, weeks, even months before publication? This seminar answers that question and provides dozens of examples of exhaustive reporting and creative, powerful writing. It will also include sections on opinion writing, headlines and captions. This workshop will be taught by columnist and textbook author Bobby Hawthorne of Austin, Texas.

In-depth Legal Training • $25
8:30 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 representative Mike Hiestand 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 New Voices campaigns that have led to stronger state student press-rights laws.

NEW Investigative Reporting Workshop • FULL
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Limit 50.
If you’ve ever wanted to make a difference with the journalistic work you do, but you just weren’t certain how to go about getting the information, finding the resources available to you and fact-checking the story for accuracy, this pre-convention workshop will give you tools you need to get started. Newspaper adviser Emily Smith of Pittsburg (Kansas) High School, and Eric Thomas, executive director of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association, will walk you through the process of breaking and reporting the story of a newly hired administrator who was a fraud. You’ll get tips on resources to use and the critical-thinking process the student staff used in reporting. The administrator resigned and a flurry of national attention focused on the student newspaper staff.

NEW The Magic of Lensbaby • $25
8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Limit 20.
The Lensbaby Lens is one of the most compelling add-on lenses for DSLR shooting. With a Lensbaby, you see things differently. From portrait and fashion, to landscape and nature photography and right down to the smallest details, these unique lenses and optics allow you to capture your individual perspective. Learn to photograph with this unique piece of glass with Stan Godwin, of Stan Godwin Workshops, Brewster, Massachusetts. Our thanks to Lensbaby and Olympus for providing equipment for this workshop. An Off-site Permission Form is required for each student attending this workshop.

Photoshop Workflow • FULL
8:30 a.m.–noon. Limit 36.
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 CS6 or later installed. Two students may share one laptop. This session is open to both students and advisers.

Redesign Seminar • $40
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Limit 60.
Students in this intensive, hands-on design seminar, led by Pete LeBlanc, CJE, of Antelope (California) High School, will study advanced packaging techniques including modular design, typography, marriage of elements, negative space and photo packaging. Most of your time will be spent working on actual publication redesign. Laptop computers with InDesign are mandatory. Students who do not have a laptop may still sign up — though the experience may be limited — and will need to be prepared to bring supplies to work on manual designs. Students should bring some of their favorite magazines and supplies such as scissors, pencils and glue sticks. Students also are encouraged to bring their own publications for sharing and critique.

NEW Straight from the Source Part I: Adobe InDesign and Photoshop • $25
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Limit 30.
This fast-paced session will be packed with useful information to take your InDesign and Photoshop skills to the next level. Dena Wilson, ACA Photoshop certified instructor will wow you with Photoshop. Betty Bacon will share tips and tricks using Adobe InDesign to streamline your workflow. Kirk Gould will provide the rare opportunity to work directly with an Adobe engineer and hear firsthand knowledge about the development process. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops with Adobe CC installed. Sponsored by Jostens Monarch.

NEW Straight from the Source Part II: Adobe Illustrator • $25
1-5 p.m. Limit 30.
This session will be led by Dena Wilson, ACA Illustrator certified instructor and co-author of LEARN Adobe Illustrator CC for Graphic Design and Illustration. Dena is an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Illustrator and her students have an 85 percent pass rate taking the Illustrator ACA exam. Wilson will lead participants through useful features and tips and tricks to help you work more efficiently with the program. Kirk Gould, Adobe engineer will provide the rare opportunity to work directly with Adobe and hear firsthand knowledge about the development process. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops with Adobe Illustrator CC installed. Sponsored by Jostens Monarch.

Team Storytelling • FULL
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 Amy DeVault, MJE, of Wichita (Kansas) State University and Sara Quinn of Kansas State University, 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, 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 is required for each student attending this workshop.