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.

Stories, Feelings, and Safety-A Matter of Sense and Sensibility
In this presentation, Dr. Janice Marie Collins will introduce, discuss and illustrate ways to get the stories done while addressing the emotional well-being of student journalists and their audience. It’s a Matter of Sense and Sensibility and Active Centralized Empowerment strategies - a praxis, theory and critical pedagogy she has developed over 14 years. 
Presenter: Janice Collins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,  Journalism Department, College of Media at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.
Room 209 

Journalism by Design
Stories aren’t told by words alone. Whether for newspapers, magazines, websites, social media, apps, TV graphics or even posters and flyers, design is a vitally important part of telling messages engagingly and effectively. And it isn’t just for artists and geeks anymore. Explore how design thinking can improve your journalism with U of I professor Eric Meyer,  a former Page 1, graphics and story-planning editor at a major metro; entrepreneurial founder of a magazine website; creator of another national award-winning website, visiting professor of social media at another major metro, and current publisher, in his spare time, of three award-winning community weeklies. 
Presenter: Eric Meyer, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Journalism Department, College of Media at the University of Illinois. President and Publisher of Hoch Publishing Co. Inc. 
Rooom 314A

IHSA Journalism Writing Competition
Troha will navigate through the procedures and rules in place for the IHSA State Journalism Competition, as well as changes for 2018 State Series. This session will provide helpful information to both new and seasoned advisers regarding the IHSA contest.  What should a school do if they are interested in entering?  What is the format of the contest?  The session will facilitate discussion about the specific rules and procedures for the annual IHSA State Journalism Contest.
Presenter: Matt Troha, Illinois High School Association, Assistant Executive Director
Room 217

Yearbook: Theme Team
Creating a theme is such a fun and exciting part of the yearbook process. It sets the tone for your entire book, cover to cover. Come join Conor O'Brien, Trent Schauster, and Mike Budak from Jostens. Let us help develop your theme.
Presenters: Conor O'Brien,Trent Schauster, and Mike Budak Yearbook Consultants, Jostens Printing and Publishing
Room 405

Mobile Journalism
You are a mobile journalist. You probably have a mobile journalism newsroom in your hand right now. Maybe you're not sure what a mobile journalist is or how to be one. Come to this session to discover the secrets of mobile journalism and how to prepare yourself for your future as a globetrotting newsroom.
Presenter: Brian K. Johnson, Professor, Journalism Department, College of Media, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Illini Rooms B&C

Google Search
This session will cover how to do better research on the Internet, including best search techniques and online tutorials that help to background issues and people through Web sites and social media.
Presenter: Brant Houston, Professor and Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting, Journalism Department, College of Media, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Room 406

Data Visualization for Storytelling
A picture is worth a thousand words. In a data-driven world, the ability to visualize large amounts of information via charts, graphs or interactive is increasingly important. This session looks at some of the best newsroom practices for effective visual storytelling. You will be inspired to explore data and share stories with data visualizations.
Presenter: Margaret NG, Assistant Professor, Journalism Department, College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Room 210