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A free summer seminar for experienced high school journalism advisers


CSJ Advanced Advising Workshop 2019

Readings about digital media and Solutions Journalism will be sent to students in early June and should be read before arrival. Students should also bring:

Story ideas

–2 “Institutional” ideas (Homecoming, regular coverage)

–1 Social media-only coverage

–3 Depth/expanded coverage

–2 Stories you/staff have always wanted to do

–2 Ideas of your choice

Faculty: Candace Perkins Bowen, director; John Bowen, assistant director; Mark Goodman, Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism; Sue Zake, adviser for Kent State student media and former director of photography and interactives at the Akron Beacon Journal

All sessions in 340 Franklin, FirstEnergy Auditorium unless otherwise noted

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Airport pick-up from Roy’s Stow Travel

Students arrive and check in at Stopher-Johnson dorm by dinner time

Evening meal 6:30 at Bricco – back room

Opening remarks and mission

Keynote – Joshua Hatch, former Knight Fellow and Director for Digital Products at The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. He is also immediate past president of the Online News Association.

Get acquainted and prepared for the week.

Monday, July 15:

Large group sessions in FirstEnergy, with breakouts/work areas in nearby rooms


9 a.m. Housekeeping and our goals/your goals – C. Bowen

  • Blogging schedule
  • Coaching and helping each other

9:30 a.m. Overview “Building on ideas” – Sue Zake

  1. Integrating reporting/platforms
  2. How to choose the best platform for the subject/topic
  3. Blogging
  4. Project management tools
  5. Involvement/infogathering
  6. Concepts


2 p.m.  360 images/immersive storytelling — Scott Bogoniewski

  • Hands-on practice in small teams/coaching


7 p.m. Discussion – large group or break-out, then time to blog

Tuesday, July 16:


9 a.m. Housekeeping

9:30 a.m. Audience Engagement – Tasha Stewart/Kevin Necessary, Cincinnati Enquirer and WCPO

  • Concept
  • Tools
  • Brainstorming (Topics, sources, synthesis, presentation)


2 p.m. Google training– Mike Reilley, SPJ trainer, teaching cutting-edge skills to journalists throughout the U.S.

  • Google Trends, Google Reverse Image Search and verification tools, Google Scholar. Fun with Google Command AI tools
  • Data scraping with Google Sheets, scraping PDFs with Tabula. Google MyMaps and Fusion Tables (charts and maps). Fun with Google Flourish and Google Public Data Explorer.
  • Google Earth Pro, Timelapse tool. Mobile reporting apps


7 p.m. Data reporting, using the tools — Sue Zake

Wednesday, July 17


9 a.m. Housekeeping

9:30 a.m. Verifying information – Mandy Jenkins, General Manager, The Compass Experience, former editor of Storyful, digital journalist, social media experimenter and instructor of student and working journalists.

Social journalism is increasingly becoming a key part of any news organization’s coverage, especially when it comes to breaking news, but bad actors, fake videos and sloppy mistakes can lead to a host of costly repercussions for journalists. In this session, we’ll review how newsrooms safely and ethically utilize social media and community-contributed content in their coverage, ad what they expect incoming journalists to already know about this process.


2 p.m. Franklin Hall 104 — Podcasting hands-on – Amanda Rabinowitz, WKSU.


7 p.m. Work individually or in teams on concepts

Thursday, July 18


9 a.m. Housekeeping

9:30 a.m.  Solutions Journalism – Sara Catania, Director of Journalism School Partnerships at Solutions Journalism Network

Solutions Journalism: How to Report for Trust and Impact

With newsrooms large and small struggling to regain the trust of their audiences, many have come to this realization: a key element in building a strong relationship with your news community is recounting not just what’s wrong, but also applying the same rigorous reporting to responses to problems.

In this workshop we’ll explore the key tenets of solutions journalism. What is it? What is it not? Why is it important? And how to make it happen, from idea to reporting to completed story. We’ll look at lesson plans, in-class exercises and reporting examples as well as the abundant resources available through the Solutions Journalism Network. Participants will emerge from the workshop with story ideas, a plan for how to teach solutions journalism at the high school level, and an appreciation for what it takes to teach the course effectively.


2 p.m. Using Solutions Journalism in the Classroom – Jan Leach, JMC, and Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer

Evening – Work individually or in teams on stories, multimedia, blogging, etc. 

7 p.m.

Friday, July 19


9 a.m.: Housekeeping

9:10 a.m.: Group photo in the lobby — Kevin Dilley

9:30 a.m. to noon: Legal and ethical issues – Mark Goodman and John Bowen

Future of the First Amendment

  1. Attacks on journalists
  2. Hate speech
  3. Misinformation/lying
  4. Can you afford to ignore potential/lying sources
  5. VR, lying sources and other ethical issues
  6. Development of policy and ethics to hold up through future change
  7. New Voices
  8. Others as needed

Noon to 2 p.m.: Lunch

Afternoon and Evening

2 to 4 p.m.: Work time to complete blogs and projects for the website, in FirstEnergy or Franklin 312-314 

4 p.m. Certificates and “Three Things” you’ll take back with you

7:30 to 9 p.m.: Individual help as needed in FirstEnergy

Saturday, July 20

7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.: “Catered” breakfast from Panera at Stopher-Johnson

Pick-up times for trips back to Hopkins Airport:

8:15 a.m.

10 a.m.

11 a.m.