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Day Three “Inspiration” sessions: THURSDAY, JUNE 24

These sessions will present students with new ideas that they are unlikely to have encountered in the high school classroom. These are not software sessions. Instead, the sessions will present new ways of being a journalist or communicator in 2021 and provide lots of take-away examples that can motivate students when they return to school in the fall.

Inspiration sessions last 45 minutes each via Zoom.

"Inspiration" Session presenters

Kerry Benson

Kerry Benson

“How to vary voice in long-form journalism to maintian vigor and va-voom”

CLASS TIMES: Thursday, June 24, 1-1:45 p.m.

Maybe you’re writing or curating creative non-fiction or narrative journalism. Maybe you just want to understand how to keep long-form writing from losing readers, or how to use a different voice to build variety in your work. If you’re great with the short-and-sweet of social, but struggle to write or edit stories and articles longer than 500 words, this session is your friend. Learn some basics on finding (and varying) voice to enhance and drive narrative journalism.

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.


Yvonnes Chen

Yvonnes Chen

“Increasing Underrepresented Voices in Student Publications”

CLASS TIMES: Thursday, June 24, 3-3:45 p.m.

What’s absent in media coverage could be more powerful than what’s present. Media literacy, which is defined as an individual’s ability to access, analyze, evaluate and produce media messages, provides a framework for analyzing missing and underrepresented voices in your student publication. This interactive session will use the media literacy and design thinking principles to help you reflect on your current practices, develop action steps, and conduct research so you could champion inclusivity in your student publication.

Yvonnes Chen is a Center for Teaching Excellence ambassador and a former diversity fellow. She teaches strategic campaigns, research methods, health communication, grant writing, and data analysis. Her most recent research focuses on improving access to COVID testing and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on those individuals and communities who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic through a collaborative project between community partners and the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Teri Finneman

Teri Finneman

“Serving News Desert Communities”

CLASS TIMES: Thursday, June 24, 4-4:45 p.m.

How can Generation Z help solve the problem of news desert communities? Let’s talk about it. This session will describe how some students are doing this already as well as make you think about what communities you could be serving better within your own student media.

Teri Finneman is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas. She founded The Eudora Times, an online newspaper serving a news desert community, and serves as its publisher.


Alex McNamee

Alex McNamee

“Rethinking web coverage”

CLASS TIMES: Thursday, June 24, 11-11:45 a.m.

Students will get to see some of the most popular modern web design trends online and examples of different ways to present ambitious coverage online. With those ideas, they’ll learn how to make them a reality on their SNO websites.

Alex is an expert at SNO Sites. He has taught students at the Jayhawk Media Workshop for several summers and regularly speaks at state and national journalism conventions across the country. Before SNO, Alex was a student editor at his high school and college newspapers, graduated with a journalism degree from Eastern Illinois University and then spent his professional nights and weekends covering sports on the frozen tundras and wooden bleachers of Illinois high schools for daily newspapers in Decatur and Effingham.


Alex McNamee

Alex McNamee

“Using SNO Tools You Didn’t Know Were There”

CLASS TIMES: Thursday, June 24, 12-12:45 p.m.

Students will see how to use some of the lesser used but extremely valuable tools SNO has to offer, including an introduction to the brand-new FLEX Pro design features that will be the basis for everything going forward.

Alex McNamee brings online expertise to our workshop, but that’s not all. The education and training expert at SNO Sites used to cover prep sports for two daily newspapers in Illinois. He’s a journalism alum of Eastern Illinois University and Normal Community High School. The point is, he’s a super cool dude.


Al Wallace

Al Wallace

“Sports and Society”

CLASS TIMES: Thursday, June 24, 2-2:45 p.m.

Students will receive instruction in, but not limited to the following topics: 1. Understanding the history, role and function of sports in American Society; 2. Understanding the importance of the Big 3 (football, baseball, basketball) in American Society; 3. Basic interviewing Skills; 4. The history and importance of television in American Sports; 5. The relationship between the media/interviewer, and the player/athlete/coach/team.

Al Wallace worked in Las Vegas and Dallas, before landing for good in Kansas City, working for WDAF-TV. A career that has spanned five decades has allowed him to cover 3 World Series, 9 NCAA Final Fours, 3 MLB All-Star games, training camps for the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, and the development and opening of various local sports venues including Kansas Speedway and the Sprint Center.

Thursday, June 24: "Inspiration" Sessions

Listen to some of the smartest people in media talk about the newest ideas in journalism, communication and publications

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