Preconvention Workshops

Writers’ Workshop • $25

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Room Asia 1. Limit 125.

If you’re looking for ways to sharpen and brighten your writing so others will clamor to read it, this 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., interactive seminar is for you. Taught by Shari Adwers, MJE, of Grosse Pointe (Michigan) North High School, this seminar will entertain and inspire as well as give you a chance to analyze excellent writing and apply what you learn to your own work. You’ll discuss how to improve interviews and angles, leads, voice, narrative style and the use of literary devices to tighten and strengthen your writing.

Photoshop Workflow • $20

8:30 a.m.–noon Thursday, Room Asia 2. 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.

Advanced InDesign • $20

1–5 p.m. Thursday, Room Asia 2. 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 InDesign CS6 or later installed. Two students may share one laptop.

Team Storytelling • $30

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday, Room Oceanic 5. 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 of Wichita (Kansas) State University and Kristin Baker of Derby (Kansas) High School, 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, designer 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 (Page 31) is required for each student attending this workshop.

In-depth Legal Training • $8

9 a.m.–3 p.m. Thursday, Room Oceanic 6. Limit 30.

The Student Press Law Center and its partner organization Student Voice want 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 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.

Redesign Seminar • $25

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday, Room Asia 5. Limit 75.

Students in this intensive, hands-on design seminar, led by Pete LeBlanc 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.

Society for News Design QuickCourse • $25

1–5 p.m. Thursday, Room Asia 3. Limit 70.

SND brings its fast-paced workshop to JEA/NSPA. We start with the fundamentals of print design and move into tips and trends, with hundreds of ideas for designs, stories, photos, graphics and typography. Taught by Indiana University’s Ron Johnson, the six-time editor of “The Best of Newspaper Design,” this session will benefit newspaper, magazine and yearbook staffers. Bring copies of your publications and your designs, either print or PDF, for our critique. We’ll make you better.

Leadership Seminar • $25

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Thursday, Room Asia 4. Limit 60.

Designed for publication editors, this daylong seminar will show participants more ways to effectively lead the way with their publication staffs. Editors will work with Lori Keekley, MJE, St. Louis Park (Minnesota) High School, to better understand their team and how to help individual members work together to solve problems and manage time. They also will discuss self-assessment, people interaction, project planning, project management, goal setting, teamwork and motivation. Those attending should be current or upcoming editors. Advisers are also welcome to attend and will be expected to participate. Limit of two registrants per school.

DSLR Lighting • $20

8 a.m.–noon. Thursday, Room Oceanic 1. Limit 30.

With solutions from DIY hacks to speedlite strobes and wireless triggers, this course,  taught by Michael Simons, CJE, of West High School in Painted Post, New York — will cover lighting techniques used in DSLR photography for publications. Emphasis will be on practical tips and tricks to use in modifying light on a extremely limited budget with instruction and suggestions (as well as demonstrations) offered on where and how to make modest investments in hardware to take students’ photography to the next level. Students will need a DSLR camera for this session.

Photo Editor Boot Camp • $20

1 p.m.–5 p.m. Thursday, Room Oceanic 1. Limit 30.

This course is for students who will hold a leadership position with their 2015-2016 publication, and will focus on skills and techniques veteran photographers can use to train and grow their staff and publication. Emphasis will be on strategies for teaching DSLR fundamentals, development of resources including what equipment to invest in and why, and other advanced topics in portraiture, staff management, and more. Taught by Michael Simons, CJE, of West High School in Painted Post, New York, this course is for veteran photographers only.

Composition and Exposure • $20

8 a.m.-noon. Thursday, Room Oceanic 3. Limit 30.

The two keys to every good photo are the composition and the exposure. This course, taught by Jed Palmer, CJE, adviser of the Eagle Eye View yearbook and the Summit newspaper in Parker, Colorado, will use a blend of presentation and hands-on shooting that will show you how to capture a strong image for your publication that goes beyond the simple snapshot. Bring your DSLR and learn to control natural light through the aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings on your camera. Students will leave the “classroom” for a photo scavenger hunt to practice the rules of composition and exposure adjustments that will be taught. Each photographer will need a DSLR camera for this session. An Off-site Permission Form (Page 31) is required for each student attending this workshop.

Photo Shoot Management • $20

1 p.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Room Oceanic 3. Limit 60.

Capturing an event with photos is more than just controlling the camera. You need strategies and techniques for effectively managing a photo shoot from start to finish. Participants will learn about photo storytelling, equipment organization, natural light management, photographer positioning and in-shoot photograph management. Instructor Jed Palmer, CJE, adviser of the Eagle Eye View yearbook and the Summit newspaper in Parker, Colorado, will also teach concepts for shooting an event with multiple cameras and/or multiple photographers.

Mobile Video Journalism Bootcamp • $25

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday, Room Oceanic 8. Limit 30.

Become a citizen journalist using ​iOS​ to report on the world around you​. ​Students will learn how to unleash the power of their iOS device to develop high-quality news packages. Taught by Don Goble of Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis, this workshop will teach students how to plan, develop, shoot and edit a story. An iOS device (iPhone or iPad) is required, and you will want to bring your charger as well. While microphones and tripods are ideal, they aren’t necessary. We’ll be using the apps iMovie and Paper by FiftyThree, as well as collaborative apps such as Google Drive, Docs and Google Photos. Having Airdrop enabled on devices is also recommended.

Broadcast and Video Boot Camp • $30

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday, Room Oceanic 7. 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.

JEA Outreach Academy • FREE

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Thursday, Room Oceanic 4. Limit 25.

Outreach Academy is a Journalism Education Association initiative to promote diversity in the journalism teaching profession. The Outreach Academy is a free, intensive seminar for publication advisers who need help teaching and advising students in journalism while dealing with issues surrounding diversity. The program is hands-on and focuses on practical information advisers need. It includes discussions on teaching journalism to diverse populations, diversifying school coverage, engaging your staff and school community and understanding the resources and organizations ready to help advisers. This program is committed to helping all advisers, especially advisers of color who are underrepresented in nine-12 education, who work in challenging circumstances, including 1) have five years or fewer advising experience and 2) teach in schools traditionally underrepresented in JEA membership, especially low-income, urban and rural schools.

Participants who are accepted to the Outreach Academy and attend the Thursday workshop earn the following benefits, in addition to the instruction received at the workshop:

  • Up to $100 in substitute pay to the participant’s school for the Thursday workshop.
  • One-day parking reimbursement for the Thursday workshop.
  • One year’s membership to the Journalism Education Association.
  • Waived registration fee to that city’s National High School Journalism Convention, courtesy of JEA and NSPA.
  • Waived registration fee to the 2015 JEA Advisers Institute.