Single Schedule

Day Three “Intensive” Sessions: THURSDAY, JUNE 24

These sessions would allow students to dive deeper into a specific topic and “spend the day” with that topic. The topics would be very similar to previous sessions at JMW, like editorial leadership, yearbook theme, website redesign, diversity in media, etc.

“Intensive” Sessions last for seven hours total, with four 1-hour blocks of instruction. In between, students have time to work on projects and have lunch.

"Intensive" Session presenters

Peter Bobkowski

Peter Bobkowski

“ADVISERS: Teaching Fact-based Reporting”

CLASS TIMES: Thursday, June 24, 9:30-10:30 // 11:30-12:30 // 1:30-2:30 // 3:30-4:30

This is a four-part slow walk through JOUR 302 Information Exploration, the required course all J-School students take. The course teaches students about credibility, information sources they can’t just Google, and how to tell if a source is good enough to use in their work. Advisers will brainstorm ways to adapt this college course to their classrooms. Attendance includes access to a free online textbook. Jk, anyone can access it without attending the session: https://oen.pressbooks.pub/becredible/


Peter Bobkowski is an associate professor in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He teaches students about finding and evaluating information sources. Before becoming a college instructor, he taught high school journalism in Texas.

Kathy Habiger

Kathy Habiger

“Yearbook Design”

CLASS TIMES: Thursday, June 24, 9:30-10:30 // 11:30-12:30 // 1:30-2:30 // 3:30-4:30

We’ll be busy learning all things Yearbook Design in these sessions. We’ll start with yearbook design vocabulary and spread fundamentals, then move to how to design a spread and top it off with finding inspiration for great designs. You don’t need InDesign for this session. And you should have some great material to share with your yearbook staff next year.


Kathy Hill Habiger, MJE, just finished her 24th year teaching and would rank this year as the most unique, to put it mildly. She teaches Photo Imaging and 21st Century Journalism and is the adviser to the JAG yearbook, JagWire newspaper and Mill Valley News Online at Mill Valley High School. Both the yearbook and newspaper are in the NSPA All-America Hall of Fame. She has been a member of the KSPA board of directors for over 15 years and currently serves as secretary. She received the Engel Award in 2010 from the Kansas Collegiate Media and was named a Distinguished Yearbook Adviser from JEA in 2007. In her free time, she loves reading, watching too much Bravo and other useless reality TV networks, being outdoors, following KU sports (yes, even football) and being mom to her 17-year-old daughter and wife to her husband of 24 years.

Chris Heady

Chris Heady

“Story Telling That Ain’t Boring”

CLASS TIMES: Thursday, June 24, 9:45-10:45 // 11:45-12:45 // 1:45-2:45 // 3:45-4:45

An editor of mine once said the goal of a newspaper should be to ruin someone’s Sunday. To make them so compelled with the writing and reporting that they’re late to church, don’t have time to mow the lawn, or forget to go to the grocery story. In this session, we’ll learn key feature writing techniques to make our publications so good, we ruin everyone’s plans with every issue.


Chris Heady is a second-year graduate student at the University of Kansas and former newspaper reporter. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Heady covered Nebraska athletics for four years, primarily at the Omaha World-Herald. His reporting and in-depth writing has been published in USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Lincoln Journal Star.


 

Rob Karwath

Rob Karwath

“So Much Change: Leading in Turbulent Media Times”

CLASS TIMES: Thursday, June 24, 10:30-11:30 // 12:30-1:30 // 2:30-3:30 // 4:30-5:30

The last few years — and especially recent months during the pandemic — felt overwhelming for young journalists and their teachers. So much change has rippled through modern media, including at the high school level. But rather than see change as frustrating or frightening, high school journalists and their advisers can have more impact than ever while learning and serving their audiences if they embrace change and see it as an opportunity for innovation. We’ll explore how to do that and how to engage the rest of the team in navigating our ever-changing modern media world.


Rob Karwath is general manager and news adviser of the University Daily Kansan, the independent, student-run voice of the University of Kansas community since 1904. He also is an instructor at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Before coming to KU, Karwath was a reporter, editor and media business executive. He also founded and serves as CEO of North Coast Communications, a Minnesota-based strategic communications firm with clients nationwide.

Steve Wolgast

Steve Wolgast

“Bringing Data to Sports Reporting”

CLASS TIMES: Thursday, June 24, 10:30-11:30 // 12:30-1:30 // 2:30-3:30 // 4:30-5:30


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.


 

Thursday, June 24, "Intensive" sessions

One-day can make all of the difference when you spend the day with one of our instructors. You will build skills on the topic of your choice.

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