Beacon journalists Kate Peifer, Liz Tertadian, Laura Frazier and Jackie Jeffers at Rockefeller Center (ie:30 Rock)
Nonstop from morning until early this evening, they attended journalism workshops with thousands of other college journalists from around the country. A sampling of topics: Libel, design, photojournalism, investigative reporting, management and leadership, mobile apps, public records.
A favorite presenter here is Michael Koretsky, who also happens to be the director of the convention. Below are some tidbits from his workshop about improving your page design in just a few minutes,doing the best you can with what you have. ‘Wish I could show you his before and after photos too!
- Photos of people who look bored are boring photos.
- Designers must read/understand stories.
- Write headlines for students not bureaucrats.
- No tombstone headlines
- No photos or headlines the same size on front page.
- Always have a separate box for an event (time, place, date, etc.)
- Dominant photo, headline.
- Editors: You get hired to make bold decisions that are correct.
- One pull quote per story per page
- White space is your friend
- Don’t misue clip art;Use clip art as section breaks.
2012-2013 Beacon Editor in Chief Liz Tertadian at Michael Koretsky’s workshop