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Lesson plans for your remote journalism classroom #covid19

Lesson plans for your remote journalism classroom #covid19 Many of you know that I am not a teacher anymore. 🙁 Part of what I now do is social media management for companies, including a large hospital in Houston. So, you can imagine that during this crazy time of COVID-19 quarantine, things have been BUSY to say the least. But I still have one foot in the journalism world and my heart is aching for you advisers.  I want to help. While I wish I could reach right through  my Zoom screen and hug you, I’m taking #socialdistancing seriously and staying

Yearbook and Newspaper Staff and Editor Application

For the applications below, know that these are pretty extensive because I have many kids apply and limited space on staff, due to limited computers. This application was a weed-out process. Know that your application can be MUCH simpler, especially if you are in the recruitment phase of growing your program. My thinking was that if they weren’t willing to do the application, they wouldn’t be willing to do the work on staff. I do not make current staff reapply – if there was someone who I felt wasn’t working well on staff, it was a private conversation, or they

How to take students to a national journalism convention and not go crazy

One of the biggest national scholastic journalism conventions is just a few short weeks away, so today I’m bringing you some hot tips from an adviser who has #beenthere. Traveling with a big group (or even a small group) can be a little stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! First, prep is the most important thing you can do to ensure a successful and drama-free trip. Prep yourself, prep the kids, prep the parents, prep your admin, prep the chaperones, prep your spouse. Prepare for the trip Start early. Work out a budget to present to the kids (if

How to do a cutout of frizzy or curly hair using the Select and Mask feature of Adobe Photoshop

This video is from Hal Schmidt. Hal’s method utilizes the Select and Mask feature in Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 or 2019. It is great for a fast cutout – especially if it will be small on a page like a headshot or folio – because the quality doesn’t matter so much when it’s that small. And, you could always start with using this method and clean it up later. It is also especially useful for frizzy, fluffy, or curly hair. I’ve used it before to edit the hair with this method and the Pen Tool method for the rest of

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