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2023 NEWSPA Multimedia Journalism Conference Sessions

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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Journalists’ Positive Impact on Local Communities

Sophia Voight, watchdog reporter, The Post-Crescent, USA TODAY NETWORK

The job of journalists is to enlighten, engage, entertain and inform. Through the job, journalists have the opportunity to impact their communities and cause positive change. From exposing fraud in government to informing readers on solutions to social issues, journalists play a helpful role in their communities. Learn how journalists write to address solutions to issues in their community and see recent journalists’ stories that have made an impact in Wisconsin.

Session 1 Presentations – 9:20 – 10 a.m.

  • Program Track Guide
      Writing
      Graphic Design & Photography
      Publication Promotion
      Career Exploration and Adviser Sessions

College Media Sneak Peek      

The Advance-Titan Newspaper Staff, UW Oshkosh  

Discover the ins and outs of working on a college student-run newspaper. Join the Advance-Titan staff for a tour of the newsroom, insights on different aspects of producing a weekly online and print publication and Q & A on all aspects of student media.

Explore UW Oshkosh   

Nicole Jackson, UW Oshkosh

Join a UWO student and explore what college is like on this walking tour of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus. Visit Sage Hall, Taylor Residential Hall and Reeve Memorial Union.

Journalism Smackdown  

Brooke Hansen & Chelsea Tatum, UW Oshkosh

Teams compete for sweet prizes by being the first to correctly answer a variety of journalism questions — from grammar, to AP Style, libel, ethics and more.

Making Your Stories Sizzle: Alternative Story Formats  

Jason Cummings, Oshkosh North High School 

Creativity and curiosity are essential characteristics for aspiring journalists. Find out how to bring regional and national stories closer to home and learn where to look for stories that no one else is covering.

Navigating Your Way into College  

Emily Colon, Lindsey DeVries and Michelle Rector, UW Oshkosh

Discover what you need to know to successfully get into your first choice college. Learn tips and tricks to put your best foot forward as you navigate your next chapter.

Pitch Perfect: Developing Your Best Features  

Jean Giovanetti, UW Oshkosh 

Do you have trouble coming up with story ideas? Learn about three components in every great feature, and how to develop them into satisfying stories. You’ll be pitching great feature ideas like a pro by the end of this session.

Representation Matters: Creating a Yearbook for the Whole Student Body        

Sara Klein, Oshkosh North High School

Creating a yearbook that includes everyone in your school community may seem like a daunting task. Learn how to be more inclusive in your yearbook and ensure students from all groups are showcased throughout the book.

Social Media Tips and Tricks     

Trevor Clementi, UW Oshkosh 

You already know how to use social media to tell your own story. Now use those same channels to reach your school community, expand interactive coverage and promote your publications.

Storytelling, Public Relations & Internships   

Anna Murphy-Pociask, UW Oshkosh

Public relations professionals use strategy, technology and creativity to help organizations tell their unique story. Explore this dynamic field and discover how internships bridge classroom knowledge and hands-on professional experience.

Session 2 Presentations – 10:10 – 10:50 a.m.

  • Program Track Guide
      Writing
      Graphic Design & Photography
      Publication Promotion
      Career Exploration and Adviser Sessions

The ABCs of WI Public Records  

Dee Hall, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Learn how to properly draft and submit a public records request, what to do if your request is delayed and how to respond to outright violations and refusals.

AMP Up Your Publications’ Promotions Game   

Anna Murphy-Pociask and Alisa Leverenz, UW Oshkosh

Want to reach more people? Build a successful and effective public relations plan for your school’s publications and watch your readership expand.

Creating a Memorable Yearbook Theme  

Amy Karoses, Oshkosh West High School

Searching for a creative, memorable, unique yearbook theme? Explore importance of a theme, how to develop the concept and all the ways a theme can be implemented to create an award-winning yearbook.

How to Thrive During Your First Year of College   

Destiny Phillips, Darinka Lechuga and Heath Ziebell, UW Oshkosh

It takes more than studying to survive and THRIVE during your first year of college. Learn about ways to get involved in college and how that will make a positive difference in your education.

Radio, TV and Newspaper- What It’s Like Working In College Media        

Chandler Brindley, WRST-FM and Cory Sparks, The Advance-Titan

Learn what it’s like to work for college media and get a behind-the-scenes perspective of the student-run radio station and newspaper.

Sharper Images: Photojournalism Critiques and Best Practices    

Dr. Tim Gleason, UW Oshkosh

Deconstructing photos to carefully review one’s work helps identify strengths and opportunities. Take a closer look at important photography elements like lighting, composition, sharpness and storytelling. This session will help you get a new perspective on photography.

Social Media Tips and Tricks     

Trevor Clementi, UW Oshkosh 

You already know how to use social media to tell your own story. Now use those same channels to reach your school community, expand interactive coverage and promote your publications.

Visual Design Trends: Make Your Pages Pop

Barb Benish, The Advance-Titan

Make your projects look polished and ready for a national publication. Learn basic and advanced design principles that will inspire you to try something different and take your graphic design skills to the next level.

Writing Headlines, Not Punchlines  

Dr. Vince Filak, UW Oshkosh 

Your headlines should attract and engage readers. Discover ways to write strong, clear and effective headlines while you learn how to avoid making mistakes that will embarrass you and your publication.

Session 3 Presentations – 11 – 11:40 a.m.

  • Program Track Guide
      Writing
      Graphic Design & Photography
      Publication Promotion
      Career Exploration and Adviser Sessions

The Art of the Interview  

Trent Scott, Oshkosh West High School

Sharpen your interviewing skills, leverage your inquisitive nature and learn to love this fascinating aspect of journalism. Explore why interviews matter, how to prepare for and conduct a successful interview and what to do with the information you obtain.

Benefits of Becoming a CAPP Adjunct Instructor   

John Dobyns, UW Oshkosh

Explore the many benefits of becoming a UW Oshkosh Cooperative Academic Partner Program (CAPP) adjunct instructor within your high school.

College 101 – Q & A  

Nat Stepanek, Flor Hernandez-Lara and Jared Benson, UW Oshkosh

College can be scary when you have unanswered questions about what to expect. Join this Q & A to get your questions answered and learn more about the ins-and-outs of college life.

Crafting Clever Copy: Getting Your Ads Noticed      

Jean Giovanetti, UW Oshkosh 

Learn the essentials of advertising copywriting. Then try them out with an in-class exercise. Do you have the write stuff? We bet you do.

Explore UW Oshkosh   

Nicole Jackson, UW Oshkosh

Join a UWO student and explore what college is like on this walking tour of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus. Visit Sage Hall, Taylor Residential Hall and Reeve Memorial Union.

How to Conduct Investigative Journalism  

Dee Hall, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Go through various scenarios that could happen at your school, and learn how to cover topics such as inappropriate student/teacher relationships, misappropriation of funds, illegal activity by students both in and out of school, and more.

How to Create a Podcast Worth Listening To     

Wendall Ray, 90.3 WRST-FM

Curious about how to create a podcast? Learn how you can start a successful podcast that will generate audience interest and help you tell your unique story.

Social Media Tips and Tricks     

Trevor Clementi, UW Oshkosh 

You already know how to use social media to tell your own story. Now use those same channels to reach your school community, expand interactive coverage and promote your publications.