Pre-convention workshops

presented virtually
11 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. ET 
Thursday, Oct. 14

$50 per workshop per person

Register or add to your registration by the Wednesday deadline.

Design: Type, Color, Structure + Editing to Draw the Eye

Sara Quinn, University of Minnesota

Want to sharpen the design of your school publication? Start with smart choices of typography, color, grid and image. Set clear style guidelines. The first part of this workshop will help you to craft that strong framework for your stories. Part two builds strategy to your visual editing to package stories in ways that demand attention.

Digital: Making the Move from Print to Digital

Elizabeth Smith, Pepperdine University, and Chuck Clark, Western Kentucky University

Budgets often drive an organization’s decision to scale back on print. But cutting print doesn’t take away your power. A move to digital-only can be fun, engaging and successful with planned, proactive decision making and a great communications and skill-building strategy. 

DEI: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Done Right 

Tamara Zellars Buck, Southeast Missouri State University

Learn how to create work spaces and cultures committed to inclusion, equity, and belonging. Share ideas, ask questions and leave equipped with tools you need to take action and make an impact.

Leadership: The Carrot is Mightier Than the Stick —
How to Build a Great Team

Nenette Gray, Lemonade Creative Marketing

If you’re a new editor-in-chief, managing editor or section editor — or an aspiring leader who’s ready to learn — the organizational leadership track is for you. We’ll help you prepare for your new job by delving into leadership topics, including organizational tactics and policies, staff motivation, conflict resolution and media law and ethics.

Photography: The Power of Pictures

Jan Ramsey, Offbeat

Strong imagery can be the difference between a ho-hum story and an experience that has staying power for your audience. Fundamentals are key, but there’s more to helping others see your stories. 

Podcasting: From Boring to Soaring

Ross Jackson, “Locked on Saints” podcast

So you think you’ve got a great idea for a podcast? Learn how to create podcasts that someone other than your mom is willing to listen to. How to engage your guests, your audience and cultivate a public following.

Social Justice: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Jarvis DeBerry

You’re passionate about social justice and want to build a career telling stories that will make a difference — awesome! But what’s next? How do you get started when you don’t know what you don’t know?

Jarvis DeBerry, a veteran Louisiana journalist, former Times-Picayune columnist and founding editor of Louisiana Illuminator, will expand your understanding of issues and communities, and then translate that knowledge into compelling, impactful storytelling. 

Google tools and more for your classrooms and newsrooms

Mike Reilley, Journalist’s Toolbox

Learn about all of the free Google tools that can help your newsroom build interactive charts, maps, visualizations and more. This is a hands-on workshop, so be sure to bring your laptop and smartphone. We’ll cover Google Flourish, Google Dataset Search, Google Fact Check Explorer, Google Trends,, Google Earth Studio, Earth Engine Timelapse, Google Scholar, data scraping with Google Sheets and Google Flourish.