Just Arrived: Free Winter Classes at the Loeb School

by Pat Hammond on Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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It's not just reporting and news writing...Loeb School classes include digital, audio, and visual media as well as traditional print journalism and it's completely free.

When was the last time you had an opportunity to take a free, six-week hands-on course taught by noted experts on subjects relevant to both your personal and professional lives?

The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications has announced the schedule for their winter classes, including six free classes developed to give you the skills you need to be comfortable, articulate, and confident, no matter how you communicate.

Loeb School Executive Director David Tirrell-Wysocki describes the school as "a great place for people of all ages and skill to get hands-on experience in communication."

Students come from diverse backgrounds with different levels of skill and experience, and while most students are adults, middle and high school students are welcome.

With courses on topics such as cartooning, digital media, and broadcasting the Loeb School's curriculum reflects the changing nature of communications and provides an opportunity for students to use what they learn in the real world.

The Winter 2018 classes run for six weeks on Wednesday evenings from January 10 - February 14,  and with the exception of Editorial Cartooning, all classes are held at the school's location at 749 East Industrial Park Drive, Manchester.

  • Editorial Cartooning - On-line from home. Time set by students With a focus on political and social commentary, students will create illustrations and are encouraged to develop and work in their own individual style. This class is offered to students 16 years and older.

  • Digital Media: The Multi-Channel Approach (5:30-7) This course will help attendees enhance their business, non-profit or personal brand through technology and social media.

  • First Amendment Media Law - (5:30 - 7) Attorney Gregory Sullivan presents students an easy-to-understand course on the protections enjoyed by the media and how to stay within their guidelines. The course prompts lively debates on how far the media can, and should, go in reporting the news and how the law guides public officials as they conduct the public's business.

  • Advanced Multimedia Storytelling Lab, (5:30 - 7) This class is designed for students familiar with using photography and multimedia skills to produce useable multimedia productions for their personal, business or organization websites or presentations. Students will complete at least one audio slide-show comprised of compelling photography and audio to tell a powerful story.

  • Broadcasting - (7-8:30) students learn about where broadcast news fits in the ever-changing world of news reporting, the technical magic behind getting the news on the air and the nuts and bolts of covering stories, writing and editing copy, ethics, and the First Amendment.

  • Digital Audio Production - (7 - 8:30) Students will learn audio production skills to record, edit and mix audio, using digital software for production and distribution to various media, including web, podcast, radio, and video.

These are very popular classes and they do fill up quickly. If you are interested in taking a class, it is highly recommended that you sign up as soon as possible. For more information about the school and the winter classes, including registration, please visit their website www.loebschool.org.