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Can You? Should You?

If you want your publication to progress to the next level, you have to know which rules to follow and which to break. From design to coverage, staff organization and more, we’ll look at some of the rules that can make or break a publication. Advertisements

Bar Graphs and Pie Charts are Dead

Sort of. Infographics are more than clip art. Infographics need to convey information to your readers. This session will help you do just that.

Photography for the Non-Photographer

Yearbooks are picture books, but what happens when the only camera you’ve ever used is on your smartphone? This session will walk you through photography tips and tricks for camera phones, point-and-shoots and DSLRs from the perspective of a “non-photographer” adviser. Click the image below for a PDF of the full presentation.

Design Doesn’t End Where Type Begins

With endless options for typography, never settle for printing your copy in columns of bland text. This session teaches you how to add color, weight, size and purposeful layout to text so that copy blocks tell a story in both words and design. Come see samples from the pros and from current yearbooks, and take … Continue reading

Training Journalists (and Athletes!) for Sports Coverage

You’re assigned to cover field hockey. The only problem? You know nothing about field hockey. This is a common problem in publications labs, but you can see beyond the score and find the story. Come learn what you need to know about a sport before you cover it, how to ask questions to avoid the cliche, tips for … Continue reading

Break It Down: Mini-Lessons

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Student Life Coverage: More Than a Dance

Do you find that you’re ONLY covering dances, homecoming and the school play in your student life section?  Ask yourself these questions and take a look a the attached examples to expand your coverage horizons. What do you HAVE to cover? Is there a story in the stuff? How do you spend your time? What … Continue reading

UPDATED: 50 Ways To Tell A Story

Mods. Sidebars. Alternative Story Forms. Whatever you call them, they are a great way to expand your publication’s coverage, play with design and explore unique forms of storytelling. If you’re stuck in a picture and quote rut, this session will give you some new ideas. For more examples, check out these previous versions: August 2014 April 2014 … Continue reading

Trends: Looking for Inspiration from the Pros & Our Peers

Multimedia Mayhem: Incorporating Multimedia in Intro to Journalism Curriculum

Most course descriptions for Journalism 1 say students should learn the history and language of journalism; develop communication skills in writing, designing and editing for a variety of media; understand news and the process of publication; and become more critical readers and viewers of mass media. Why not combine all these areas and use convergence not … Continue reading

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