Pre-convention workshops

$25 per workshop per person
9 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 3

Design innovation, art direction and conceptual thinking

Sara Quinn, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota

Suzette Moyer, Philadelphia Inquirer

Love those amazing cover images for The New York Times Magazine, Wired, Rolling Stone and Time? This hands-on workshop will help you to become a strong art director. 

You’ll develop skills with visual metaphor, wordsmithing and conceptual thinking. You’ll also learn tools for brainstorming, collaborating, innovating and creating a marriage of words, illustration and photography across platforms — everything you need to inspire award-winning storytelling. 


Implementing Solutions Journalism in your social-justice reporting

Elizabeth Smith, Pepperdine University

Social-justice reporting is not new, but it’s a growing discipline as reporters seek to tell under-reported stories and promote community discussions on resources, equity, political activism, diversity and human rights.

Want to hold the powerful accountable? Want to dig deeper in your reporting? In this workshop, you will learn how to understand and complete Solutions Journalism reporting and, possibly, increase the trust of your audience. 


Reinventing student media

 Chuck Clark, Western Kentucky University

Tamara Zellers Buck, Southeast Missouri State University

Gary Metzker, California State University Long Beach

Change has come to college newsrooms. It’s time to seize the moment and embrace the mess. 

While the pandemic will one day be over, it is a catalyst for change in student-run news organizations that are evolving at breakneck speed. The change has sparked uncertainty and nervousness, but also creativity and innovation. 

College newsrooms are at the cutting edge of an opportunity to reinvent how student-led media works, the way it tells stories and how its content is delivered. Students and advisers have a chance to rebuild and reinvigorate their organizations — if they seize the moment, are willing to experiment and take risks.


Coaching the coaches:
Developing leadership on your staff

Amy DeVault, Wichita State University

Lisa Renze-Rhodes, Ball State University

If it seems like a lifetime since your newsroom was normal, you’re not alone in this feeling. In newsrooms across the country, the experienced college journalists have graduated, newcomers are eager to get started, and sometimes nobody is entirely sure what a team can or should look like. 

We’ll spend time talking about those challenges we all face, and we’ll brainstorm and share ways to work through those difficulties and create opportunities. Let’s get you fired up to do great journalism. 


Multi-platform storytelling

Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times

The world is visual, social and mobile — and your publication should be, too. Learn how to tell stories through social media, photos, video, data, analytics and digital tools, all while enhancing reader engagement.