Tra Friesen

What: “Typography Basics”

Who: Sarah Cavanah, Associated Collegiate Press.

Where: Terrace A

When: Thursday 10-10:50 a.m.


Sarah Cavanah was exactly what I want from a presenter in a workshop like this. Recognizing that the attendance for her workshop was low, she adjusted and turned it into more of a structured Q&A for all things design, focusing on typography. I got to ask her direct questions about our publication, including questions about the number of columns and photo placements. She advised to always have an odd number of columns on each page and to make sure at least four regular sized words could span the length of a text box.

Cavanah covered the different vocabulary associated with type. For example, the difference between typeface and font is that font refers to a specific subset of typeface. Times New Roman is a typeface; Times New Roman Bold is a font.

I learned that Baskerville is a pretty cool typeface. Cavanah also taught that the older typefaces are generally the most trustworthy since they have been around for far longer and have had a chance to adapt and have stood the test of time.

What: “What Your Are Not Being Told”

Who: Amos Gelb, Washington Media Institute.

Where: Terrace C

When: Thursday 12-12:50 p.m.


Not going to lie, I went to this workshop to see what kind of person misspells the title to their own lecture. Well, Amos Gelb does.

Gelb taught about the employment market for journalism students after their graduation. He made a point to tell his audience that 80 percent—and “probably even more”—of them would not become journalists. He said that although journalism on a traditional daily style paper may not be for most people, a career in media is still applicable.

Gelb used real life experiences from his career to inform the audience the skills that employers are looking for. He also pitched his institution, the Washington Media Institute, encouraging everyone to sign up.


Even though the journalism skills learned in college might not directly apply to a career in journalism, they are very applicable skills for other jobs.

What: “Mythbusting Campus Secrecy”

Who: Frank LoMonte, Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center.

Where: Terrace C

When: Thursday 1-1:50 p.m.


What: “(Word) Press Freedom”

Who: Frank LoMonte, Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center.

Where: Terrace A

When: Thursday, 3-3:50 p.m.


Most of this workshop was about the ramifications of the 1988 case Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier. It ruled that high schools have the right to control the content of student newspapers. Then, later on, a court applied the Hazelwood case to college news publications, which is very concerning. There are states, like Washington, that have passed laws to protect student journalists.

What: “Taking the Pulse of Your Student Body”

Who: Staff of the Independent, “Clark University”

Where: Terrace A

When: Thursday 10-10:50 a.m.


Clark College Independent staff members lectured about the value of online student polling. They covered the ins and outs of polling using google drive, what stories to include polls in and how to visually represent the poll you conduct.

Other Workshops Attended:

Keynote: What David Carr Taught Me About Journalism, Brian Stelter, CNN

Life in the Fast Lane: Digital Journalism at CNN, Michael Martinez, CNN


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