We are offering numerous options, taught by experts in the field to help yearbook, newspaper and media advisers and their students sharpen their proficiency in selected areas of interest and skill. These are preliminary. Please check back often to see additional sessions and expanded descriptions of sessions.
Three reasons your headlines will be winners
People will read the headline before they read your story. You want to make sure the headline invites them to keep reading. We’ll look at award-winning strategies that are based on research and are used by professionals. We will write headlines together. Yes, you will leave with the three reasons.
Presenter: Jennifer Follis, Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Illinois
Ten 10 Things Every Journalist Should Know
A veteran journalist and journalism instructor offers his perspective on concepts essential to success in the field.
Presenter: Jeff Unger, Print Journalist, Retired
When Children Want Children, an examination of adolescent childbearing through reporting and long-form feature writing.
When Washington Post reporter Leon Dash set out to investigate the ever-lowering age of teenage parents, what he discovered shocked him: these pregnancies were almost always intentional. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former Washington Post reporter Leon Dash spent a year living in one of the poorest ghettos in Washington, D.C., and a total of seventeen months conducting interviews examining the causes and effects of the ever-lowering age of teenage parents among poor black youths.
Presenter: Leon Dash, Journalism Department, College of Media, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Former reporter for the Washington Post.
Illini Rooms B&C
Editing Numbers in Stories: Most of the Time You Don’t Have to be a Math Whiz.
Numbers can be intimidating to any story. UI Lecturer Jean McDonald will show you how you don’t have to be a math whiz every time.
Presenter: Jean McDonald, Lecturer, Journalism Department, College of Media, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 33 years of newspaper experience, including 21 years as a sports editor and sports writer at The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill.
Expanding Coverage: How to include everyone a minimum of three times!
Everyone opens their yearbooks for the first time and hope to find themselves. Even more it’s not just them in their grade photo. Joelle Sexton of Herff-Jones shows you how to expand your coverage of your yearbook to include everyone a minimum of 3 times.
Presenter: Joelle Sexton, Yearbook Representative Herff Jones
Captions, not Craptions.
Photos capture the readers' attention. Whether readers read the rest of the story often depends on the information in the accompanying caption. No caption means writers are asking readers to guess why the picture is there. Poor captions insult readers' intelligence. This session reinforces the necessary steps for effective captions, not craptions.
Presenter: Carol Smith, JEA Mentor, IJEA board. Former adviser Lovington High School.
Room 314 A