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Day Two “Inspiration” sessions: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23

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

Cary Conover

Cary Conover

“Photojournalism: From All Angles”

CLASS TIMES: Wednesday, June 23, 1-1:45 p.m.

The session will look at photojournalism from a variety of perspectives, from scholastic to professional. Students of all experience levels will look at examples of photojournalism excellence and receive advice for covering their school year.


A native of Wichita, Cary Conover has taught photojournalism, newspaper, yearbook and broadcast at Andover High School since 2011. For ten years before that, Cary was a freelance photographer in New York City.

Angie Hendershot

Angie Hendershot

“Social Listening”

CLASS TIMES: Wednesday, June 23, 11-1:45 a.m.

There’s a lot more to social media than posting. Social platforms are a rich source of ideas, inspiration and insight when you use them to listen as well as speak. We’ll consider how you can leverage this powerful two-way platform to discover story topics, diverse sources and fresh perspectives.


Angie Hendershot is a professor of the practice who teaches courses for KU’s strategic communications concentration, online Digital Content Strategy certificates and the Integrated Marketing Communications master’s degree program. Before coming to KU in 2016, she spent 25 years in PR, advertising, digital media and marketing strategy leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies. She loves facilitating learning communities of all types and believes in the power of humility, curiosity and empathy to build great communicators.

Angie Hendershot

Angie Hendershot

“Understanding audiences”

CLASS TIMES: Wednesday, June 23, 12-12:45 p.m.

One size does not fit all. Beyond demographics, there are many ways to segment audiences and develop compelling communication approaches. We’ll discuss some helpful frameworks to keep in mind when considering how you can appeal to various niches and move beyond the “mass” communication of the past.


Angie Hendershot is a professor of the practice who teaches courses for KU’s strategic communications concentration, online Digital Content Strategy certificates and the Integrated Marketing Communications master’s degree program. Before coming to KU in 2016, she spent 25 years in PR, advertising, digital media and marketing strategy leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies. She loves facilitating learning communities of all types and believes in the power of humility, curiosity and empathy to build great communicators.

Rob Karwath

Rob Karwath

“Using all the tools: Multimedia reporting to reach your audience”

CLASS TIMES: Wednesday, June 23, 4-4:45 p.m.

It’s no longer enough for journalists to be skilled at one or two storytelling platforms. Reporters must gather information and reach their audiences across multiple channels. Importantly, they must determine which media are best to reach news consumers with the specific elements of each story. This session will introduce processes for effective news gathering and for determining which channels result in the best storytelling and audience engagement.


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.

Scott Reinardy

Scott Reinardy

“StoryCrafting: A feature writing showcase”

CLASS TIMES: Wednesday, June 23, 3-3:45 p.m.

In this session, we will exchange ideas about how to develop engaging narrative nonfiction stories that go beyond basic storytelling. Please read the provided materials, and be prepared to share your thoughts and experiences.


Scott Reinardy was a newspaper reporter and editor for 15 years prior to earning his master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. Reinardy has been a professor at the University of Kansas for 13 years, teaching advanced writing courses such as Statehouse Reporting, Stories from the Road, and Depth Reporting.

Steve Wolgast

Steve Wolgast

“Using Social Media to Engage Your Readers”

CLASS TIMES: Wednesday, June 23, 2-2:45 p.m.


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.

Wednesday, June 23: "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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