Single Schedule

Day One “Next Step” Sessions: THURSDAY, JUNE 22

During these sessions, students will share their work with our instructors to receive a critique of their work and make goals for “next steps.” Those next steps might be the next book to read, the next skill to practice or the next challenge for your staff. The “next step” session could be:

  • an individual portfolio review
  • a staff looking to redesign their publication
  • an editor looking for feedback on a past year’s publication in preparation for the coming year
  • another kind of individual or small group coaching

“Next Step” Sessions last 20 minutes via Zoom.

"Next Step" Session presenters

Steve Wolgast

Steve Wolgast

Providing “Next Step” sessions on Tuesday, June 22, 1:15-2:15 and 3:15-4:15


Stephen Wolgast, the Knight Chair in Audience and Community Engagement for News and professor of the practice of journalism, has three decades of professional and academic experience. He started his career as a photographer at the Topeka Capital-Journal, worked as a reporter at The Baltic Independent in Tallinn, Estonia, and as an editor at the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He became a newsroom manager at the Akron Beacon Journal, a Knight-Ridder newspaper, and from there worked as an editor at The New York Times for nine years.

Kerry Benson

Kerry Benson

Providing “Next Step” sessions on Tuesday, June 22, 1:15-2:15 and 3:15-4:15


Kerry Benson has taught 3/4 of the courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas, as she came to KU with professional experience in both news and strategic communication. Media Writing, the first writing course in the School, and Stand and Deliver, the school’s presentation skills class, are Benson’s favorites to teach. They rate right up with her most-cherished food group: cookies.

Thursday, June 24, "Next Step" Sessions

Get small-group or even individual feedback on your work . . . and where to head next!

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