Preconvention Workshops

Preregistration is required for these workshops, which take place Thursday, April 25, and delegates are placed on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limited number of students per school, per workshop. Day-long workshops will break for lunch. Workshop fee does not include lunch. To ensure all workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, only those who register online will be able to sign up for pre-convention workshops. Workshops will be marked as full on the online registration form once the workshop limits are reached. Look in the online program booklet in early April for room assignments for these workshops.

Photoshop for Beginners • $15

Taught by Mark Murray, Arlington (Texas) Independent School District, participants will learn to use Adobe Photoshop in this half-day session from 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday. This workshop will emphasize a basic workflow for preparing photographs for publication. Limit of two registrants per school. This session is open to both students and advisers. Cost is $15. Limit 36.

Advanced Photoshop • $15

For participants who are already familiar with Photoshop, Mark Murray of Arlington (Texas) Independent School District will teach more advanced skills and tricks to take full advantage of this powerful software, including cut-outs, layers, paths and other special effects. This half-day session lasts from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Limit of two registrants per school. This session is open to both students and advisers. Cost is $15. Limit 36.

Team Storytelling • $30

Great storytelling combines good writing, good photos and good design. Behind it all is good planning. In this team-based reporting experience, students will work in groups of three to create real story packages. The workshop runs 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and begins with instruction on planning packages with readers in mind, and then the students will go off-site to gather stories. Students will come back to the convention site to finish their packages. Schools should register students in teams of three, preferably a writer, a designer and a 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, card readers, etc.). 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. Cost is $30. Limit 18 teams (54).

In-Depth Legal Training • $8

Join the nation’s foremost expert on scholastic media law — Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center — for this entertaining, engaging and hands-on workshop on the rights and regulations regarding your publication. The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and is geared for experienced student staffers as well as advisers. You will receive an in-depth review of the types of records that are available about schools, where to find them, and how to use them to do impactful stories, as well as be exposed to the pitfalls of liability you need to look out for. Principals and other administrators can attend this workshop for free by emailing after submitting their convention registration. Cost is $8. Limit 40.

Redesign Seminar • $25

Students in this intensive design seminar will work from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. studying advanced packaging techniques including modular design, typography, marriage of elements, negative space and photo packaging, led by Pete LeBlanc of Antelope (Calif.) High School. Laptop computers with InDesign are encouraged but not mandatory. Students should also bring some of their favorite magazines as well as supplies such as scissors, pencils, glue sticks, etc. Students are also encouraged to bring their own publications for sharing and critique. Cost is $25. Limit 40.

Leadership Seminar • $25

Designed for publication editors, this 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 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 (Minn.) 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. Advisers are welcome to attend but will be expected to participate. Limit two per school. Those attending should be current editors. Cost is $25. Limit 50.

Online Boot Camp • $30

Whether launching your website or just looking for ideas to revive your existing site, this 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. seminar will provide a look at best practices and provide you with easy tools to make your online publication shine. This workshop is taught by Chris Waugaman of Prince George (Va.) High School and will cover everything from design and structure to multimedia and interactivity. Elements of WordPress will be covered and participants may want to have login and password data available to use from their own site. All participants must bring a laptop. Cost is $30. Limit 40.

Writers’ Workshop • $25

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 Dan Austin of Casa Roble High School, Orangevale, Calif., this pre-convention 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 leads, voice, narrative style and the use of literary devices to tighten and strengthen your writing. Cost is $25. Limit 80.

Digital Photography Workshop • $30

Designed for photographers who have at least one year’s experience shooting for their publications, this 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. intensive workshop will cover composition, lighting, cropping and camera technique. Participants will receive instruction and go out on assignment with writer and photographer Bryan Farley. Following the photo shoot Farley 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. Limit of two registrants per school. Cost is $30. Capacity of 40.

Broadcast and Video Boot Camp • $30

In this 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 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 from Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach, Calif. Participants must provide their own video cameras, tripods, microphones and laptops with editing software. Please test and become familiar with your own equipment before attending the session as the presenters may not be familiar with your specific hardware/software. Cost is $30. Limit 30.

National Journalism PLC Workshop • $25

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are a great way for teachers to improve their instruction by collaborating with other teachers and measuring the effectiveness of their methods with real data. However, it’s difficult for journalism teachers and advisers to find a fit in building-level Professional Learning Communities if they are the only journalism teacher in the school. This day-long workshop, running from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., will provide a first-time productive PLC experience for participants. Advisers can join with other journalism professionals to create working PLCs using a national journalism PLC (NJPLC) model. Advisers who participate can come as a group, join with other participants to create a PLC on site or simply learn about the NJPLC model and take that knowledge home to create their own group. Taught by Jim Streisel, MJE, of Carmel (Ind.) High School, participants are certain to walk away knowing there are others who share the same challenges and opportunities. Cost is $25. Capacity of 40.

JEA Outreach Academy Update • Free

Open to advisers who participated in summer Outreach Academies in San Antonio and San Francisco, the 9 a.m.-1 p.m. program will give participants a chance to discuss progress and plans for the current school year. Curriculum review, classroom practices and any roadblocks will be addressed.