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Freelance Writing

April 6, 2019

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"The workshop covered unpublished writers' goals and helped dispel some fear and uncertainty of how to approach editors and get published."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 6, 2019. Cost $60.Click Here to Register



Media Boot Camp

October 18, 2019

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. It's 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, former 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 18, 2019. Cost $60 Click Here to Register

Nature Photography 

May 11 and October 19, 2019

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. Thanks to the nearby New Hampshire Audubon Massabesic Center, workshop participants will travel to the center 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 (more than a smartphone) and wear comfortable clothes for an outing of nature photography. Sophisticated camera equipment 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 11 or October 19, 2019. Cost $60.   Click Here to Register


Photography for Public Relations

July 12, 2019

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 12, 2019. Cost $60. Click Here to Register

Public Speaking

September 6, 2019

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!"

Sept 6, 2019 Cost $50
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Smartphones - smart photos

Sept. 14, 2019 (rescheduled from June 1)

Point, shoot and share.

It sounds so easy until you miss the moment or don’t capture an important image the way you saw it.

A world class photographer once said the best camera is the one you hold in your hand. For most of us, that means a smartphone. This two-day workshop will cover the basics, including how to hold the phone in your hand and use the elements around you so your “moments" become your pride and joy, not just deleted images.

Learn some tricks of the trade, take the time to try them out, then share your photos and new techniques in class for helpful critiques.

Instructor Debi Rapson is a semi-professional photographer acclaimed for her ability to “capture the authentic moment.” She also wins praise for her ability to translate technology into easy-to-understand terms for students of all ages.

Come with your smartphone, your questions and your ideas. Learn how to create smartphone photos that will make you enjoy sharing -- then smile when people ask you what camera you’re using.

Sept. 14, 2019 Cost $60
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Social Media for Business, Beyond the Basics

March 15, September 20, 2019

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 15 or September 20 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

March 15, September 20, 2019 Cost $60. Click Here to Register


Student Journalism Workshop

Fall 2019

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 for information. 


Telling Your Family Story

March 2 2019

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 2, 2019 Cost $60
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Writing News Releases

May 10, 2019

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 10, 2019. Cost $50. Click Here to Register


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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