Kailan Manandic

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Workshop 1: Interview skills

This workshop was very informative and started with how to make an interview a conversation and not an interrogation. The presenter talked about the advantages and disadvantages with in-person, phone and email interviews. In summary, it was everything I learned in Journalism 101.

Workshop 2: Dignity and Photojournalism

This workshop showcased two photo projects by a photojournalist for the LA times. Before showing these works, the presenter talked about the dying occupation of photojournalism and the struggles she experienced in the field. She talked about her work in Africa for her photo project on poverty, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The workshop focused more on her work in Africa than the job of photojournalism which I had intended to learn about.

Workshop 3: Get Shot Without Getting Shot

This workshop began with a video of an altercation between a student journalist attempting to film and a police officer attempting to get him to turn it off. The presenter pointed out that the student argued with the officer in the best possible way. He refrained from shouting, just kept asking questions and notified his superiors that he was in a conflict with the police. Another thing the presenter pointed out was that the student never stopped filming. After this the presenter talked about the right to photograph. We have a right to photograph anywhere that is public and the police are not allowed to delete our photos or videos on the spot. The only exception is if you’re using the photos for commercial purposes, in which case you need permission from anyone identifiable in the photo. Under any other circumstances, no one in the photo has a basis to take legal action unless the photos are published in a way that is harmful to their reputation. The cops cannot force you to delete your pictures under the Privacy Protection Act. They cannot search through anything you have that is storing information on a story (journalistic info) without going through a court hearing which you are allowed to attend. The presenter conclude by giving a website that provides legal assistance to journalists.

Workshop 4: Video and Multimedia on a Shoestring Budget

This was a workshop presented by student journalists from Lewis College’s broadcast news program. They gave examples of several budgets from $0 to $10,000 using a point-and-shoot camera to a studio-style switchboard.

Workshop 5: Taking the Pulse of Your College Student Body

This workshop was hosted by four Independent staff members from Clark College. They explained polling your student body. They talked about how to put together the poll data through graphic designs. They took a live poll of the packed crowd. The topic was puppies vs. kittens.  The crowd let out a hardy laugh and eagerly took out their smartphones, ready to voice their thoughts on the matter. The small room allowed about 50 seats, most of them filled. It ended with a question and answer period.


CNN’s Brian Stelter filled in as keynote speaker for David Carr, who died days earlier, at this year’s ACP college journalism conference in L.A.

He used his speech to commemorate Carr’s life and encourage students. “David was always the funniest guy in the room,” Stelter said. ”He was funnier sober than the rest of us drunk.”

Stelter spoke about his own origins in social media. “Quantity can sometimes lead to quality,” he said.

Stelter told journalists to continue producing work. “If David would have wanted you to leave here knowing anything, it would have been to stay passionate about your work,” He said.

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