2015 SIPA Pre-Convention Workshops


When: Friday, February 27, 1–5 p.m.

Specific locations will be decided at a later date. Directions to locations will be set prior to workshops.


  • $15 per participant, if attending the convention
  • $30 per participant for pre-convention only

Broadcast bootcamp
with Stella McCombs, Stratford HS (S.C.)

Need a quick and dirty bootcamp on all things broadcast? Find out the basics of how to produce stories for the visual electronic medium. Content will include mini-lessons on interviewing, writing scripts for the ear, recording audio, shooting stories and editing for airing. You will even learn a few things about FinalCut Pro!

Free your mind: Reading mass media
with Ernest Wiggins, University of South Carolina

Become a better journalist by becoming a better reader. To engage with and create messages in mass media, you must first know how to read other messages. This workshop will provide a quick trip through mass media history and teach the keys to reading media messages – how words, colors, shapes create meaning. Using this knowledge, students will create logos for a local music label using just three common shapes and will participate in other group design exercises.

Google drives your work
with Amy Medlock-Greene, Dutch Fork HS (S.C.)

Google Apps are your one-stop FREE shop for keeping your staff organized and collaborating harmoniously. We will explore in-depth the features of Google Docs, Google Forms, and Google Calendar. We will also talk about ways to integrate data from Google Sheets into your publication and how to use Google Slides to present new material to your staff. With examples from her newspaper and broadcast staffs, our instructor will offer tips and tricks for creating, sharing, and managing documents and creating a workflow that will take much of the frustration out of organizing your staff. Both beginners and current users will benefit from this workshop. NOTE: Registrants will need a Google account to participate (free to create at https://accounts.google.com/SignUp).


Beginning InDesign: Free the page
with Valerie Kibler, Harrisonburg HS (Va.)
For beginners only.
Need help jumping into InDesign? Want to learn some basic design tips? This workshop covers what you need to know if you are only beginning to connect with InDesign and page design/layout. Feel free to email questions you want answered or topics you want covered ahead of time to Leslie Dennis at [email protected]

Advanced InDesign: Free from constraints
with Stephen Stanton, senior graphic design at Dixon Hughes Goodman (Ga.)
For advanced students/advisers only.
Already have a little experience with InDesign? Take your InDesign and design skills to the next level by learning tricks and advanced layout techniques from a pro. Students/advisers must have experience with InDesign and page design rules. Some Illustrator components will be taught as well. Feel free to email questions you want answered or topics you want covered ahead of time to Leslie Dennis at [email protected]

Multimedia storytelling
with Chris Waugaman, Prince George HS (Va.)

Stories are not just told in one medium. Journalists today need to know how to tell a story through multiple platforms. This year’s Dow Jones News Fund Adviser of the Year will show you how to tell the same story through different media avenues. He will show examples from student and professional work and teach students how to formulate a multiplatform plan. Participants will look at current examples to determine how they can be told as a print, online, broadcast and yearbook story – using all the tools in a multimedia journalist’s toolbox.

Photography & Photoshop
with Lewis Zeigler, University of South Carolina

Get photo tips and tricks, show off your photography skills and use Photoshop in this hands-on workshop. Participants will take photos in and around the School of Journalism.  After the shoot, our pro will teach you tricks in Photoshop to help improve those photos. Bring a camera and adapter cords to download photos onto the computers. You can also bring a jump drive with other photos to work on. Certain photos selected from this session will be featured on the SIPA website and Facebook page.

Yearbook: Start next year now!
with Mary Kay Downes, Chantilly HS (Va.)

Think next year’s book can wait? No way! Planning for the 2016 yearbook begins when you finish the 2015 one. Bring pages in progress for the 2015 book that you want to have critiqued and begin brainstorming for ideas for 2016. It’s never too early to start planning for next year.