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Cartooning For Kids

August 5, 2017 -  Ages 8 - 15 

Join artist, illustrator, cartoonist and art instructor Ron Plante for a half-day session on the basics of cartoon drawing. Learn some tips and hands-on skills for creating simple cartoons. You will be drawing, not just listening, so please bring:
1 8x10 or 9x12 sketchpad/sketchbook
1 or 2 drawing pencils or street pencils (common yellow #2)
1 rubber or kneaded eraser
1 fine point black marker (Sharpie or facsimile will do fine)
Optional - a small hand-held mirror.


Aug 5, 2017.  $30
Click Here to Register

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Freelance Writing

April 8, 2017

Think you have a great idea for a news story or magazine feature but can't figure out how to get it published?  In this freelance workshop, writers will learn how to target publications that use freelance work regularly, how to approach editors successfully, how to structure writing pieces to meet the publication's needs and how to advance onto bigger and better publications.  Balancing multiple assignments, determining how much to charge and ensuring you are paid will also be discussed.  Writers will receive links to online resources used by full-time freelancers to find work and receive freelance dos and don'ts from a New Hampshire magazine editor.

Beth LaMontagne Hall is a former City Hall reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader. She also worked as a full-time freelance writer for publications including Yankee Magazine; Politics Magazine in Washington, DC; The Associated Press; and the Portsmouth Herald.

Participant quotes:
"I received solid, useable information about the freelance process. I now know how to start. Exciting!"

"Intimate, great advice."

"Beth is awesome"

"The workshop covered unpublished writers' goals and helped dispel some fear and uncertainty of how to approach editors and get published."


April 8, 2017. Cost $50.Click Here to Register

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Leadership:The Commitment to Make it Happen 

March 24, 2017

This workshop is designed for those who are beginning to take on leadership positions in their business or organization, or those who are seeking to improve their knowledge of leadership principles. The goal is to give attendees a solid foundation of methods that can inspire and motivate those around them. The instructor, NH State Police Lt. John Marasco, will focus on the importance of effective communication, collaboration and meaningful interpersonal relationships in professional leadership development. The goal is to help business or organization leaders create “Win/Win” scenarios. 

Conflict prevention tools such as body language recognition, voice inflection and basic negotiation considerations will be highlighted.  The workshop also will address leadership concepts such as rapport building, decision making and ethics, as well as strategies to improve employee morale, motivation and efficiency.

March 24, 2017. Cost $50
. Click Here to Register

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Media Boot Camp

October 21, 2017

Become a more effective communicator through the media. This one-day workshop is designed for anyone who must interact with reporters and bloggers, whether online, in print, on radio or TV. For people working in law enforcement, emergency services, business, government, law, education, non-profits, medicine, sports, academia or any field who want to improve their media skills and ensure their message is heard.

Instructor Mike Nikitas, a news and business anchor at NECN (New England Cable News), brings more than three decades of communications and teaching experience to a friendly, positive presentation. The workshop includes understanding different media and the approaches that work best in each, understanding what reporters look for, developing and sticking to a message, and how to be clear and direct. Participants also will learn how body language, dress and voice can help or hinder their message. Keeping with the Loeb School philosophy of hands-on instruction, participants will engage in mock, videotaped interviews and critiques. 

October 21, 2017. Cost $50 Click Here to Register


Nature Photography  

May 13 and October 14, 2017

This workshop, taught by award-winning photographer Geoff Forester, will include explanations of the techniques and equipment used to capture good nature images, with an emphasis on how the casual photographer can produce good photos. Participants will travel to the nearby Audubon Center and Massabesic Lake to take photos of their own, then return to the school to display images. Geoff will demonstrate processing techniques using Photoshop.

Students should bring a digital camera and wear comfortable clothes for an outing of nature photography. Sophisticated camera equipement is not needed. 

Geoff Forester, photo editor at the Concord Monitor, has been a photojournalist for nearly 30 years at four newspapers.  In 1994, he was named Photographer of the Year by the New Hampshire Photojournalists Association.  He also has been a photo editor at the Boston Globe and has taught photography at Boston University, the New Hampshire Institute of Art and the Nackey Loeb School. 
 May 13 or October 14, 2017. Cost $50.   Click Here to Register

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Photography for Public Relations

July 7, 2017


This one-day workshop is designed to help public relations photographs land on the web and in the paper, not in the trash.  

Award-winning photography instructor Geoff Forester will offer proven suggestions on how to take public relations photos to enhance any news release, newsletter or your organization or business website. The workshop will include camera basics, taking good photos and selecting photos that best tell your story.

Geoff, photo editor at the Concord Monitor, has been a photojournalist for nearly 30 years at four newspapers.  In 1994, he was named Photographer of the Year by the New Hampshire Photojournalists Association.  He also has been a photo editor at the Boston Globe and has taught photography at Boston University, the New Hampshire Institute of Art and the Loeb School. 

Bring your camera!


Participant quotes:

"I have learned more in these few hours than I did in an 8-week photography course"

"Very interactive class. Loved the hands-on"

"It was interesting, informative, fast moving and fun!"


July 7, 2017. Cost $50. Click Here to Register
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Police-Media Relations (not  offered in 2017)

This all-day workshop is designed for police officers who interact with the media.  With presenters including the Attorney General's Office, the media, a noted media attorney and a respected police Public Information Officer, the session covers everything from the state Right-to-Know Law to preparing news releases.    A panel of New Hampshire reporters will join officers in a discussion about media coverage and building and maintaining trusting relations between police and the media.

Participant quotes:

"Thank you so much for putting this course together.  I think it was a great course and very important to what we do on a daily basis.  The opportunity to meet some members of the local media, hear their expectations and give them some feedback from our perspective was invaluable."  -  Police Officer

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Public Speaking

September 8, 2017

Effective communication is key to succeeding in today’s business environment.  To be successful, individuals need to be able to deliver professional, confident and well-articulated presentations.  Taught by Southern New Hampshire University Professor Andrea Bard, this workshop allows participants to develop important oral communication skills and knowledge through information and application.  Each participant gives several presentations and receives constructive feedback regarding eye contact, nervous energy, organization, use of audiovisual aids and managing difficult questions.   

Participant quotes:

"Good teacher, enthusiastic.  I learned some cool stuff."  

"I recently attended the Public Speaking & Professional Presentation workshop and the Writing New Releases workshop.  both were very good and I look forward to attending more programs at the Loeb School.  By the numbers attending both programs, other people have also discovered that the Loeb School is a wonderful resource for professional programs offered in a pleasant environment. Nice job!"


September 8, 2017 Cost $50. Click Here to Register

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Social Media for Business, Beyond the Basics

March 17, September 22, 2017

This day-long workshop will help improve your business's or organization's use of Social Media and offers an optional one-hour, follow-up webinar for more advance Social Media work..

The goal is to help small business owners and nonprofits better manage Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and video marketing.

Instructor Christine Halvorson of Halvorson New Media will teach how to manage time, gain fans for your business or organization, use photos and graphics wisely, and use best practices. The session will include an overview of cheap and easy ways to create and edit videos for your business.

Participants will receive take-home worksheets and an online version of the presentation.

For even more Social Media training, Christine will offer a one-hour "Advanced Facebook Techniques" webinar at a discounted rate of $15 for those who attend the March 17 or September 22 workshop.

Christine  Halvorson founded Halvorson New Media, LLC in 2006 to teach businesses how to use social media sites and tools to their strategic advantage. Christine is the author of five e-courses on Social Media for the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center. Her social media tips and tricks can be found at SocialMediaSchoolNH.com.

March 17, September 22, 2017 Cost $50. Click Here to Register

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Student Journalism Workshop

Fall 2017

 Students will learn from New Hampshire reporters, editors, photographers and layout/design experts how to research, gather and report news; how to take photos that help tell the story; and how to put it all together on a page. Attorney Gregory Sullivan will teach students the rights and responsibilities of journalists with regards to the First Amendment and media rights. Students will receive instruction in the morning, cover a newsmaker at lunch and produce stories, photos and finished pages in the afternoon -- on deadline. 

This free workshop will be held at Oyster River High School with the NH Press Association. Call 627-0005 or write loebschool@loebschool.org for information. 

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Telling Your Family Story

March 11, 2017

Everyone's family has a story to tell and the Nackey S. Loeb School wants to help you tell yours. This popular program will teach how to uncover family or community stories, how to present them and how to preserve them for future generations. These skills are useful for local historians who record town lore and for residents who just want to make sure their dinner-table tales from grandma and grandpa are never forgotten. The program will focus on interviewing and listening skills as well as research and presentation.

Instructors include media professionals who tell New Hampshire stories, historians, videographers and even an archivist to offer tips on how to preserve and protect photos and family papers that often fade away in a box in the attic.


Participant quotes:

"The presenters were specialists in their field.  They gave helpful information." 

"All of the speakers were excellent - a varied and diverse group of professionals who all were well-spoken and interesting to listen to."

"What I liked about the course was the experience and high caliber of the speakers. Their accumulated wisdom gave the presentations real substance."


March 11, 2017 Cost $50
. Click Here to Register

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Writing News Releases

May 12, 2017

Have you ever wondered why some news releases make it into the media and others go nowhere?

This day-long workshop will help land your release in the news, not in the trash.

With reporters buried in news releases, instructors Stacy Milbouer and Tom Long will offer proven suggestions on how to stand out by delivering messages quickly, clearly and concisely. With all readers pressed for time, they also will discuss insider tricks about how to write releases that are informative, compelling and most importantly, keep the reader's interest.

Stacy and Tom are writers/contributing editors for Fiddlehead Magazine. Both are former reporters and columnists for various regional publications including The Boston Globe and The Telegraph of Nashua, where they received more than their fair share of press releases –some good, and some that could benefit from this class.


Participant quotes:

"Very relaxed, yet energizing."

"I loved the real-life examples, practical applications and resources that will continue to help after today."

"During this course, I realized I was writing my news releases wrong.  It was great to learn from the experts."

"It truly was fun."


May 12, 2017. Cost $50. Click Here to Register

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Workshop Cancellation Policy

2 weeks prior to event - Full refund 
1 week prior to event - $25 refund 
Less than 1 week prior to event - no refund

 

 

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