Pre-convention Workshops

Wednesday, Oct. 25


Coding for Journalists | 2-5 p.m. | $50

Ever wondered what the < >s mean in web code? Heard the terms CSS and JavaScript in your newsroom and wondered what they mean? Our crash course will walk you through the basics of web coding, touching on how code flows from server to browser and the roles HTML, CSS and JavaScript play in web publishing. This course isn’t for anyone who already knows the basics of code. Rather, it’s for total coding newbies who are looking to understand the basics of how the web works. You won’t come out of this course ready to code your own app; instead you’ll learn each of the above topics at a basic level and have tangible next steps to pursue some self-directed exploration into the world of web coding.


Andrew Chavez, The Dallas Morning News

Editorial Leadership | 2-6 p.m. | $50

If you’re a new editor-in-chief, managing editor or section editor – or an aspiring leader who wants to hone your skills – this workshop is for you. Get ready for your new job by delving into productivity, time management, relationship building, management, leadership, audience engagement, media law, and more. You’ll learn skills for becoming the leader you want to be and develop a network of other up-and-coming editors from around the country. Please note the extended time of this session. It ends at 6 p.m.


Mark Witherspoon, Iowa State University
Kenna Griffin, Oklahoma City University

Fast and Furious: The Society for News Design QuickCourse | 2-5 p.m. | $50

This long-running pre-convention workshop is chock full of fresh ideas. We’ll tackle the fundamentals — story forms, strong visuals, tasteful typography and smart packaging. Then we’ll move into the trends in news design, with dozens of ideas for photos, graphics and stories from publications around the world. Bring copies of your publication, in print or PDF, for the best part of the QuickCourse — our group critiques.


Ron Johnson, Indiana University
Rob Schneider, Dallas Business Journal

Investigative Reporting for College Journalists | 2-5 p.m. | $50

Good investigative reporting is becoming a lost art form. One of the best investigative reporters in the country will discuss the basic principles and skills needed to handle projects in your college newsroom. Pulitzer Prize finalist Kurt Eichenwald will explain how to approach and develop the “big story.”


Kurt Eichenwald, Vanity Fair and Newsweek

Photoshop for Beginners | 2-5 p.m. | $50

No photo comes out of the camera ready to use. Photoshop brings out the detail you want to have when publishing your captured moments. Fifteen different Photoshop tips and tricks for the beginner user, or those wanting to revisit basic techniques, that include color correction, cropping, cut-outs, layers, removing and adding content. A 48-page reference guide will be provided at the end of the session for session participants.


Hal Schmidt, Balfour Publishing

Reinforce Your Reporting With Google Tools | 2-5 p.m. | FREE

Google tools are extremely useful for journalists from verification to research and data visualization. In this session, you will be introduced to a wide array of tools that can enhance your reporting. Google Trends can focus on how you can use the tool to find story ideas and how to spot content interest for specific audiences. Google Maps can enhance and help visualize your story to get your users more engaged. We’ll also visit other cool tools from Google Translate to Google Scholar and more.

This session is free to registered attendees of the conference. Attendance is first come, first served and space is limited.


Sandra Gonzalez, Society of Professional Journalists