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Media Now at Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri

DAY CAMP · JUNE 22 – 24, 2020


WHO: High School Journalism Students and Advisers

WHAT: Three-Day Bootcamp to Improve Your Journalism Skills

WHERE: Webster University, St. Louis, MO

WHEN: June 22 – 24, 2020; 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Join us at Webster University for a day camp experience presented conference-style. We are offering over 100 different topics to fill your schedule and melt your mind.

Choose from a variety of critique sessions, leadership trainings and best practices for storytelling to round out your three-day experience with us. Workshop sessions span in topics from design, writing, photography and video to web design, social media and iPhone storytelling. You’ll have an opportunity to deep dive into illustrations, infographics, video stand-ups, interviewing techniques, photo essays and mobile video editing. Special tracks and hands-on workshops will also be available.

This Media Now Day Camp format at Webster will be offered June 22 – 24, 2020 running 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Learn from professional journalists, collegiate faculty and high school advisers.

Lunch is provided. Local accommodation information can be found here.


The registration fee includes food, lab fees, and a sweet t-shirt. Registration fees are below:

$285 Early Bird (through April 1, 2020)
$300 Regular Open Registration (April 2 – June 1, 2020)
$350 Late Fee (June 2 – 20, 2020)

Media Now Webster Workshop Listings

Push your design, writing, photography, leadership, web and multimedia skills to the limit with our highly interactive instruction. With our conference-style day camp, you will have the opportunity to work with multiple instructors and cover many different topics. Our seasoned instructors will give you the edge you need to make your publications excel in the coming school year.

Class NameInstructorTrackDescriptions
BYOD: An Introduction to Adobe PremiereAaron ManfullGeneral Audiences Description coming soon.
BYOD: An Introduction to InDesignAaron ManfullGeneral Audiences Description coming soon.
BYOD: An Introduction to AuditionAaron ManfullGeneral Audiences Description coming soon.
BYOD: An Introduction to After EffectsAaron ManfullGeneral Audiences Description coming soon.
BYOD: An Introduction to Adobe Premiere RushAaron ManfullGeneral Audiences Description coming soon.
Web: 20+ Ways to Tell Stories OnlineAaron ManfullGeneral Audiences There aren’t just a handful of ways to tell stories online today. This session will give you more than 20, from the traditional, to some on the cutting-edge.
Video: Rethinking Your Video Broadcast ProgramAaron ManfullVideoThere are many great ways to share video stories in 2019 beyond the traditional sound bite/b-roll format. This session will explore other things staffs can do to expand their video presence, get staffers fired up and expand their video presence.
BYOD: An Introduction To Lightroom ClassicAaron ManfullGeneral Audiences Description coming soon.
BYOD: An Introduction to PhotoshopAaron ManfullGeneral Audiences Description coming soon.
BYOD: An Introduction to Twitter Lists, Buffer and HootsuiteAaron ManfullGeneral Audiences Description coming soon.
Advisers: Teaching Introductory Journalism CoursesAaron ManfullAdvisersDescription coming soon.
BYOD: An Introduction to Adobe IllustratorAaron ManfullGeneral Audiences Description coming soon.
Design: Let's Look at Cool Design, Critique It and Talk About How We Could Apply It to Our Work.Carlos AyuloDesignDescription coming soon.
Design: InDesign for BeginnersCarlos AyuloDesignKnow a little bit about InDesign but you’d like to know more? Maybe you don’t know InDesign at all but know you will need to next school year? This class is for you. We plan to get you up to speed on the premiere desktop publishing program Adobe offers and that student newsrooms around the country are using. We will start with the basics and make sure you get comfortable with the tools you will need to know next year. (Attendees will need to bring their own laptop with Indesign to this class.)
Design: Digging Deeper with InDesignCarlos AyuloDesignHave you had some experience with Indesign and want to see more of what it can do? Are you going to be a designer or even a design editor on staff next year? This class is for you. We plan to take you beyond the basics on the premiere desktop publishing program Adobe offers and that student newsrooms around the country are using. This class will cover things ranging from setting styles to creating libraries and more. (Attendees will need to bring their own laptop with Indesign to this class.)
Design: Go-To Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator Tips for BeginnersCarlos AyuloDesignLearn which program is the most effective for a particular task. We’ll go over some Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator tools and tips. You may bring illustration examples to recreate together. Some tools and tips may include: How to cutout photos, toning images for publication, effects (drop shadows, beveling, embossing, transparency), and creating true graphics (bar charts, pie graphs, etc). (Attendees will need to bring their own laptop with Photoshop and Illustrator to this class.)
Design: How to Brainstorm to Get to Those Great IdeasCarlos AyuloDesignDo you have a complicated topic you need to illustrate but don’t know where to start? Looking for a topic for a story that will appeal to your audience? We’ll give you tips on how to brainstorm ideas, sift through them and choose the best to pursue.
Hey Advisers, Let's Chat about Design [Advisers Only]Carlos AyuloAdvisersWondering how some schools publish successful products? Do you have success stories you want to share with your peers? Need answers to nagging questions you face in the classroom? Advisers, let’s chat about these any other questions you have.
Design: Workshop (4 Sessions)Carlos AyuloDesignWant to work on a design you can use on your publication next year and get some help from a professional? Join Carlos Ayulo in this day-long workshop where you will work to create pages or spreads you can use on staff next year. Under Ayulo's guidance you will brainstorm, execute, revise and polish your work until it looks great. If you've got an idea of something you want to design or a template you want to rework from last year, you'll have the time to do that. If you aren't sure what you want to do, Ayulo will have plenty of ideas to choose from that will be relevant for your year ahead. (laptop with Indesign required for this workshop)
Video: Intro to Video Storytelling (2 Sessions)Cristina FletesVideoA picture paints a thousand words, but what if your images could tell their own story? Learn the basic breakdown of telling stories with video - from b-roll to interviews to crafting an engaging story arc.
Video: Video Shooting and Composition Basics (2 Sessions)Cristina FletesVideoMost of us know how to hit the ‘record’ button, but what makes a video stand out? You'll learn things like how to effectively frame your subject(s), how to use motion in your frame, effective lighting and other methods on how to make your work look more professional.
Video: Getting Great Video Interviews (2 Sessions)Cristina FletesVideoWhich came first, the chicken or the egg? Well, in video journalism, the interview almost always comes first. Learn how to get interesting answers from your subjects to better craft your stories. Also learn how to light, position and mic your subjects so your content looks and sounds the best.
Video: Adobe Premiere EssentialsCristina FletesVideoPremiere is one of the industry leaders for video editing. In this course, we will go through the basics of Premiere and use strategies that will help your workflow.
Video: Adobe Premiere AdvancedCristina FletesVideoRaise your editing game with some advanced tips! You will learn how to edit sound, use hot keys, color correct and more. Use some advanced techniques to make your story shine!
Video: Film/Edit/Feedback (4 Sessions)Cristina FletesVideoThis is where all your hard work pays off. Spend time working on putting the skills you've learned into practice. After you've shot and edited your story, you'll get constructive critiques of your work.
Social Media: Analytics: What You Need to Know to Make Your Accounts BetterErica SmithSocialDescription coming soon.
Social Media: Twitter and Facebook For JournalistsErica SmithSocialDescription coming soon.
Social Media: Setup Social for 2020 (4 Sessions)Erica SmithSocialDescription coming soon.
Social Media: Story Planning: A Handy GuideErica SmithSocialDescription coming soon.
Writing: How to Write HeadlinesErica SmithWritingA good headline is the difference between life and death for a story, column or video. Learn how to write headlines that will draw in readers (without resorting to clickbait or sacrificing your journalistic integrity).
All Audiences: Trust in the Media: The Differences Between News, Satire and Fakery.Erica SmithGeneral AudiencesDescription coming soon.
Social Media: Advanced Instagram StoriesErica SmithSocialYou know the basics. Learn the advanced features and secret menus of Instagram.
All Audiences: Design ThinkingErica SmithGeneral AudiencesDescription coming soon.
Audio: Make a PodcastGary HairlsonAudioIt’s 2019 and podcasts are definitely hot. Come to this session to learn what you need to do to start your own personal podcast or one for your staff at school. We’ll talk about everything from the gear you need to content tips.
Photo: Smartphone PhotographyGary HairlsonPhotoYour phone is a more powerful camera than you probably know. This hands-on session will teach you how to get the most out of your mobile device to capture and edit images on the go.
Photo: Advanced Camera: Beyond SS, ISO and ApertureGary HairlsonPhotoDescription coming soon.
Photo: Tell a Great Photo StoryGary Hairlson PhotoGood Photo Stories are more than just a collection of photos from an event. Come to this session to learn how to turn your good photo collections into great photo stories.
Photo: Photography Challenge (4 Sessions)Gary Hairlson PhotoIf you’re up for a photo challenge, this Tuesday afternoon session will put you to the test. You’ll start the afternoon by meeting with the instructors who will give you some images they’d like you to capture. You’ll then have the afternoon session to use your photo skills around campus to capture the images. Photographers will share their photos with the instructors at the end of the afternoon and then attend a showcase session of everyone’s photos Wednesday morning. (this session spans 4 time slots.) (Attendees will need to bring their own camera to this class.)
Photography: Advanced Composition TechniquesGary HairlsonPhotoFeel comfortable with things like Rule of Thirds and Depth of Field, come to this session to learn about Advanced Photo Compositional Techniques from effectively using a slow shutter speed for effect to using light to your advantage. (Attendees should bring their own camera to this class.)
Web/SNO: Checklist of site tweaks with JasonJason WallestadWeb/SNODescription coming soon.
Web/SNO: Set Your Site For the New Year: Set Users and Plan First MonthJason WallestadWeb/SNODescription coming soon.
Web/SNO: Storytelling Tools (2 Sessions) Jason WallestadWeb/SNOThese sessions will help you move beyond the basics and create story pages to engage your readers. We'll cover the six SNO story templates, adding multimedia elements, and embedding rich design elements into the body of your stories. (3 hour track) (Attendees will need a laptop with a web browser available for this course)
Web/SNO: Design Tools (2 Sessions) Jason WallestadWeb/SNOThese sessions will help you explore the vast number of design options available to you on your SNO site and help you build an entirely new look for your site. (2 hour track) (Attendees will need a laptop with a web browser available for this course)
Web: Google AnalyticsJason WallestadWeb/SNOWe'll take a deep dive into your site's analytics and use that information to strengthen your design and help you make content decisions. (Attendees will need a laptop with a web browser available for this course)
Web: Website Best PracticesJason WallestadWeb/SNOWe'll use the SNO Distinguished Sites program criteria to take a close look at your site and how it can be improved. From the design of the homepage and stories to coverage of your school, this session will set you on an award-winning track for the next school year.
Web/SNO: Individual Time with SNO (max 2 schools)Jason WallestadWeb/SNOFor those staffs that want a little more personal time with SNO, we are offering small sessions where two schools max can meet with SNO at a time to get some personalized help. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Since only two schools can meet at a time, we anticipate these classes closing. If someone from your school registers for a SNO One-on-One timeslot and you’d like to be added to that conversation, please email info@medianow.press and we will work to make sure your schedule gets adjusted and you get added to the meeting.
All Audiences: Who Do I Trust - Evaluating SourcesJeffrey BrowneInvestigative/SportsNot all sources are created equal, and you need to know when someone has real authority on a subject. Let’s talk about official sources, unofficial sources, stakeholders, people on the street, authoritative studies, peer review and all sorts of other factors that play into determining whether a source is telling the truth and can be trusted.
All Audiences: Fact Checking for High School JournalistsJeffrey BrowneInvestigative/SportsYou’re probably familiar with Snopes, Politifact or FactCheck, and you probably know how important it is to hold public officials accountable for the stuff they say. So why not start a small fact-checking project at your school to make sure that students, faculty and your community understand the difference between fact and fiction? Let’s talk about how to get started and how to set reasonable goals.
Audio: Make a Podcast (4 sessions)Jeffrey BrowneInvestigative/SportsDescription coming soon.
Writing: Write Stunning Sports FeaturesJeffrey BrowneInvestigative/SportsIn professional circles, sports writers are often the most literate and best writers on a news staff. Why? Because sports is something that everybody knows a little about, so in order to stand out, sports writers often borrow from fiction writers how to best tell a story. We’ll take a deep dive into a single story to show you how it’s done.
Writing/Audio: Write and Record Script for a Sports Highlight Package (2 Sessions)Jeffrey BrowneInvestigative/SportsDescription coming soon.
Writing: Where Do I Find Sports StoriesJeffrey BrowneInvestigative/SportsGo to game, write about game. Yeah, that’s a start, but it’s just a sliver of what’s out there to cover. Profiles, issue stories, investigations —all of those and more should be a part of any good sports section. In this session, we’ll brainstorm story ideas that you can take back to your school and start reporting on immediately.
Writing: Writing Sports Across PlatformsJeffrey BrowneInvestigative/SportsNot every high school sporting event calls for pulling out the heavy artillery, but at every school there are at least a few game stories that require coverage on every platform you have: print, web, social media, broadcast and more. How can you feed every platform and do them all justice? It takes a lot of planning, so let’s get started on that today!
Writing: The Elements of News/Writing for BrevityJim StreiselWritingDescription coming soon.
Writing: Audience: Who are they? How do they Read?Jim StreiselWritingBefore we can talk about writing, we need to talk about your readers. In this session, we’ll discuss how your audience actually reads your publication (as opposed to the way you think they read); knowing how they read will help your staff figure out how to cover stories. You’ll leave with tools to use for you to assess your own readership.
Writing: Getting Great Sources and Great Storytelling QuotesJim StreiselWritingHave you ever seen Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New York” series? There’s a reason he gets such great quotes – he asks good questions and he listens for great storytelling responses. In this class, you’ll learn how to do that, too.
Writing: In-Depth EditingJim StreiselWritingIf there’s one problem with editing, it’s that it usually just scratches the surface of style and formatting. But great editing looks much deeper than that; it looks at elements like content and organization. This session will walk you through a methodical process you can use to more effectively edit both your own as well as your staff members’ writing.
Writing: Journalism's 10 Deadly SinsJim StreiselWritingThink you’re ready to submit your story? Think again. This fast-paced session will give you 10 practical items to check to make sure your stories are as professional-looking as they can be.
Writing: Basic News Writing (4 Sessions)Jim StreiselWritingDescription coming soon.
Writing: Review Writing (2 Sessions)Jim StreiselWritingReviews are a big part of any news staff’s offerings. Reviews can help readers decide if a product or service is worth their time, their money or both. In this two-part session, you’ll learn how to write a review and then we’ll then put that knowledge into practice by incorporating some local talent and giving you a chance to write about it.
Writing: How to Write Good Headlines, Titles, and Summary DecksJim StreiselWritingDescription coming soon.
Editors: Editorial Leadership (4 Sessions)Mitch EdenEditorsDescription coming soon.
All Audiences: Covering Sensitive Topics (2 Sessions)Mitch EdenGeneral Audiences We'd like our schools and classrooms to be a smooth-sailing Utopia, but we live in the real world where people sometimes say and do things they shouldn't. As the storytellers of our schools, journalists tend to be on the front lines. Strategies for tackling sticky situations of all types will be covered in this session.
Advisers: 10 Habits of a (Sometimes) Successful Adviser (2 Sessions)[Advisers Only] Mitch EdenAdvisersWhat are the best advisers doing to get high quality work and dedication out of their students. How do they do it without living in the classroom evenings, weekends and holidays? Find out in this class.
Writing: Writing Great Yearbook CopyNancy SmithWritingDescription coming soon.
All Audiences: The First 30 Days Nancy SmithGeneral Audiences Just starting out as an adviser? A veteran adviser who needs new ideas? Come hear some tips for getting your yearbook year off to a strong start with some hints for structuring the classroom and getting your staff up to speed.
All Audiences: Policies and ProceduresNancy SmithGeneral Audiences All student publications need established policies and procedures to maintain consistency and serves as a the guiding principles for your staffs. It is always better to have policies in place before your staff gets to work.
Advisers: Finding Balance [Advisers Only]Nancy SmithAdvisersThe job of an adviser can be overwhelming and many advisers burn out within the first seven years. This session will be some real talk about how to balance the demands of the job with your “other” life.
All Audiences: Law and Ethics for Student PublicationsNancy SmithGeneral Audiences Description coming soon.
Design: Look to the Pros for InspirationNancy SmithDesignDescription coming soon.
All Audiences: Tips for Generating Story Ideas at Your SchoolNancy SmithGeneral Audiences Description coming soon.
Yearbook: Keeping Your Theme in the Driver's SeatNancy SmithYearbookDescription coming soon.
Yearbook: It's in the DetailsNancy SmithYearbookGreat photography, design and storytelling is not all it takes to produce an excellent yearbook. This session will focus on the details you need to get right like the index, group pics, scoreboards and more. Handling the details with ease will help give your book that wow factor.
Photo: Composition EssentialsOdell MitchellPhotoWant to learn to take well composed photos like the professionals? This class will help get you on that path. In Photography Composition Essentials, attendees will cover a variety of ways to make good-looking photos and get a chance to put their new knowledge to practice. Attendees should bring some sort of camera to this class. It can be a DSLR, mobile device or any other digital camera.
Photo: Camera EssentialsOdell MitchellPhotoIn this class, attendees will get a feel for how to use their DSLR camera. Basic operations such as shutter speed, ISO and aperture will be discussed and class members will have a chance to get hands-on practice with their cameras. Attendees need to bring DSLR camera and suitable memory card to this class.
Photo: Photoshop Skills Photographers Need To Have (2 Sessions)Odell MitchellPhotoThere are a lot of great things that Photoshop can do, but there are only a few items that Photojournalists need to be really good at with the program. Come to this hands-on session and learn what those things are and get some practice doing them.
Photo: Portrait Photography (4 Sessions)Odell MitchellPhotoDescription coming soon.
Photo: Let's Take Portraits ClassOdell MitchellPhotoIn this session, you’ll get tips on coming up with ideas for portraits, putting your subject at ease, and making a great image.
Photo: Advanced Camera: Beyond SS, ISO and ApertureOdell MitchellPhotoDescription coming soon.
Social Media: Setup Social for 2020 (4 Sessions)Sarah NicholsSocial
Design: Newspaper Front Page Redesign (4 Sessions)Sarah NicholsDesign
Yearbook: Theme (4 Sessions)WalsworthYearbookDescription coming soon.
Yearbook: Coverage and Spread Design (4 Sessions)WalsworthYearbookDescription coming soon.
Yearbook: Spread Design and Promotions (4 Sessions)WalsworthYearbookDescription coming soon.