2019 Fall Workshops 

The West Tennessee Fall Workshop will be on Monday, Sept. 30, at Harding Academy in Memphis. For the third straight year, our friends with the North Carolina Student Media Association have invited East Tennessee schools to its western workshop; it will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31, on the campus of UNC-Asheville. To register for the North Carolina workshop, go to https://ncsma.unc.edu/workshops/.

Info on the Memphis workshop:

What is the address of Harding Academy?
1100 Cherry Rd. 
Memphis, TN 38117
Where do we park and enter?  
There is ample parking in front of the school. It is one building, but they should enter through the doors under the rounded awning with the big black Harding Academy letters on it—not the first smaller entrance, which is clearly labeled “Lower School.” 
Do we need to check in with the office and get a nametag? 
You will check in with the receptionist in the foyer and get name tags from her. If you have event-specific tags, those can be used, but we have peel and stick you can use as well. 

9:25 a.m. keynote -- Jonee Lewis, WREG 

WREG-TV Weekend anchor/reporter Jonee Lewis' love of journalism and storytelling has led to covering hurricanes, snow storms, the aftermath of the Charleston church shooting, the passing of Rev. Billy Graham, the impact of HB2 and more. She will focus on interviewing and "getting the story."

Block 1, 10:20-11 a.m.

  • Option 1: Kim Marks -- Social Media Engagement for Student Media. The session will cover the use of social media to engage a student media audience, which could be applied to student newspapers, television stations, yearbook, or other news/information outlets.
  • Option 2: Pam Denney -- Review Writing for Student Media. The session will focus on descriptive writing and creating short reviews, from restaurant/food to movies and beyond.

Block 2, 10:20-11 a.m.

  • Option 1: Robby Byrd -- Student Media Layout & Design. The session will focus on best practices for layout and design of newspapers, magazines and yearbooks.
  • Option 2: Jim Miller -- Writing Leads for News and Features. Are you a sports writer? News writer? Feature writer? All of the above? This session will give you do's and don'ts for crafting the most important sentence in your story: the first one.

Lunch, noon-12:40 p.m. 

Block 3, 12:50-1:30 p.m.

  • Option 1: Ginger Blackstone -- Podcasting 101: Not Just "A Couple of Guys Spitballing". Learn some best practices for being behind the mic, including vocal delivery and writing for the ear.
  • Option 2: Jimmy McCollum -- Story Ideas. The "New Teachers" and "Homecoming" stories are fine, but let's learn how to dig for stories that your readers will find engaging.








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