MANCHESTER, NH -- Registration is now open for online winter classes at Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications. Sign up, and commit to learning a new skill in the New Year. Classes are free and open to all. Winter classes are taught online and require pre-registration. Dates and times vary. You can learn more about all the class offerings, and register, at loebschool.org.
An Introduction to Digital Storytelling
Four sessions, Tuesdays, January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 2022
5:30pm - 7:00pm (space is limited)
Using the theme, Our Story: Reflections from the Pandemic and Beyond, this 4-session course will guide participants through the digital storytelling process, where they will create their own 2-4 minute first-person digital narrative, including audio and video. The workshop will include: introduction to the "Story Circle Process,” recording voiceover and narration, and editing in a free app (WeVideo). Individual writing support will be offered during sessions and in office hours with instructors. A group sharing of digital stories will be encouraged. Instructors are Sarah McPhee and Kirsten Durzy, project coordinators for “Our Story New Hampshire.”
Introduction to Public Records Law: Lunch and Learn about the First Amendment
Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 12pm – 1:30pm
This introductory course on state public record laws will focus on the general principles of open government and where they intersect with other interests such as privacy, law enforcement, and public health. This course is an opportunity for students to wrestle with challenging hypotheticals and engage with the instructor about the many common challenges between state interests and the public's right to know about government. Instructor Justin Silverman is the executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition and adjunct professor at the University of Maine School of Law and New England Law Boston.
Finding the Write-of-Way: Capturing your Journey in Words
Four Sessions, Wednesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2022
5:30pm – 7pm (space is limited)
Are you ready to write creative nonfiction about that important journey – the once-in-a-lifetime travel adventure, or the twists and turns taken to reach parenthood or achieve professional success? For some writers, it may be a journey-in-progress, such as spiritual exploration or seeking recovery. Maybe you’re fascinated by someone else’s journey – an ancestor or a particular hero. Whatever “journey” you have in mind – funny, profound, or something in between -- join us to map out a way to capture it on paper. Class Instructor is author Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett, former journalist turned New Hampshire-based writer and editor who works with writers of nonfiction and young-adult fiction.
If the Walls Could Talk: Preserving a House with Words
Monday, February 7, 5:30pm – 7pm
Is there a house that’s particularly important to you? Perhaps you grew up in it, built it yourself, or have lived in it all your life. This creative nonfiction class will help you preserve it for yourself, your grandkids, or for historical archives and future scholars. You need not be an experienced writer to gather and describe the details and history that make up your chosen house. Class Instructor Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett is a former journalist turned New Hampshire-based writer and editor who works with writers of nonfiction and young-adult fiction.
Common Exceptions to Free Speech: Lunch and Learn about the First Amendment
Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 12pm – 1:30pm
While the First Amendment protects our right to free speech, that protection is not absolute. This course will introduce students to common exceptions to our right to free speech and explore the seminal cases that helped shape the boundaries of First Amendment protection. Students will be introduced to the legal concepts of incitement, libel, obscenity and threatening speech, among others. Instructor Justin Silverman is the executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition and adjunct professor at the University of Maine School of Law and New England Law Boston.
Level Up Your LinkedIn Profile
Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 9am -10:30am
Learn the ins and outs of the leading social network for business professionals. In this course, you will learn how to customize your profile in a way that's attractive to hiring managers and helps your profile get found. It covers what you need in each section of your profile as well as new features meant to help Creators promote their services. The class will also answer questions like, Do I need a LinkedIn page for my business? Should I buy LinkedIn Premium? and How do I use LinkedIn to connect to new people? Instructor Beth LaMontagne Hall is the founder of Good Content, which provides writing and digital content for businesses. She has a background in journalism and storytelling and currently hosts the live storytelling event and podcast, Long Story Short.
Thursday, February 17, 2022, 3pm – 4:30pm
More than ever, reputation is the currency of the realm. But how is reputation created?
Reputation is not claimed--it is bestowed by the people and organizations that rely on it to meet their needs or to make them successful. It is earned over time through consistency in actions, quality in products, services and solutions that unite to consistently earn the trust of stakeholders. This class will provide an overview and framework of the factors that lead to an organization, and its people, being viewed as excelling in reputation. The instructor, Clark Dumont, M.S., APR, is a communications leader in FORTUNE 500 companies spanning the Health Care, Aerospace & Defense and Hospitality & Entertainment sectors.
Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 2pm - 4pm
This session will cover the principles of ethical storytelling and utilizing the human story and address best practices for obtaining consent and centering the storyteller. Case studies and examples from nonprofits and community organizations will be discussed. Class Instructors are Sarah McPhee and Kirsten Durzy, project coordinators for “Our Story New Hampshire.”
Should Your Nonprofit Launch a Podcast in 2022?
Thursday, February 24, 2022, 3pm – 4:30 pm
Podcasts: Everyone is listening to them, talking about them, and launching them. Perhaps you see the potential value of a podcast for your nonprofit and are dying to jump in. Or others have suggested it, or are even pressuring you to launch a podcast for your nonprofit. In this class, you will learn several of the compelling outcomes nonprofits can achieve with a well-produced show — benefits that include growing existing audiences, reaching new audiences, intensifying engagement and loyalty, giving you content that can be repurposed in other channels, and building key relationships. Instructor Elaine Appleton Grant is the CEO of Podcast Allies, LLC, a training, consulting and podcast production company devoted to helping mission-driven organizations produce high-quality podcasts.
The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications promotes and defends the First Amendment and fosters interest, integrity and excellence in journalism and other forms of communication by educating students of various ages and providing them with the tools and knowledge to improve their skill. Learn more about the School at loebschool.org.
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