Learn hands-on communications skills from experts in the field

Advanced Multimedia Storytelling Lab

Winter 2020 – Dates to be announced | Free

This class is designed for students familiar with using photography and multimedia skills to produce multimedia productions for their personal, business or organization websites or presentations.

With a limited enrollment, it is designed to give participants valuable personal attention from instructors Geoff Forester and Don Himsel. We recommend that participants already have completed one or more of the Loeb School’s classes and workshops in Multimedia, Photojournalism, Nature Photography or Photography for Public Relations.

The goal is for participants to complete at least one audio slide-show comprised of compelling photography and audio to tell a powerful story.

Students will need a digital camera, audio recorder and laptop. They also must be familiar with basic photography and the computer photo and audio editing system of their choice. Mobile devices such as iPhones, especially if equipped with a simple external microphone, are sufficient to gather audio, however, some less sophisticated phone cameras also can produce the quality photos suggested for this class. Students should consider purchasing SoundSlides software, though they will be able to use Apple’s Imovie or Windows’ Movie Maker. Class time will be spent doing hands-on work on projects.

Instructor Don Himsel is the former photo editor/multi-media producer for The (Nashua) Telegraph. He is a former regional director of the National Press Photographers Association and has been a guest lecturer at the New England Newspaper and Press Association as well as the American Press Association in Reston, Virginia.

Geoff Forester has been a photojournalist for more than 30 years.  He was named 2018 Photographer of the Year by the New Hampshire Press Association and also won honors for Photo Essay and Sports Photo.  In 1994, he was named Photographer of the Year by the New Hampshire Photojournalists Association. He is photo editor at the Concord Monitor and former photo editor at the Boston Globe and has taught photography at Boston University and the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Participant quotes:

“I learned and focused. I am inspired to continue to explore photos, audio and video”

“Art and science elements of multimedia were presented. Great for my novice perspective”

“I learned bite-size professional bits which the instructor drew from his experience.”

“Don’s enthusiasm and interest in journalism is inspiring. He makes the subject fun. It was an awesome joy to be part of this class and to learn from Don.”



March 11 – April 15 Wed evenings 7 – 8:30 PM | Free

The Broadcasting class is taught by an award-winning team from WMUR TV, including Reporter Andy Hershberger and Director of News Operations Jim Breen.  Jim was part of a WMUR team that won a 2018 New England Emmy Award for special event coverage. While producing broadcast news stories of their own, 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 and writing and editing copy. Add a dose of ethical issues and the First Amendment, and a student comes away with a well-rounded introduction to broadcast news

Participant quotes:

“The class was informative and insightful. There was a lot of useful information in six short weeks.”


Creative Writing

March 11 – April 15, 2020 Wed evenings 7 – 8:30


Sept. 9 – Oct. 14, 2020 Wed evenings 5:30 – 7 PM | Free

Whether you want to write a short story, the great American novel or just a better Facebook post, it’s essential to turn down the volume on the critical voice whispering in your ear and free yourself to write what you were meant to write. This course, taught by two published fiction, poetry and non-fiction writers – Stacy Milbouer and Tom Long – will give you not just the skills, but the confidence to express yourself in words. Through exercises, group discussion and individual critique, you’ll hone your skills and free your mind to become a better writer.


Digital Audio Production

January 8 – February 12 Wed evenings 7 – 8:30 – | Free

This class is designed to help students learn audio production skills that can be used at work or for home projects. Ed Brouder, a veteran broadcaster and college instructor,  teaches how to record, edit and mix audio, using digital software for production and distribution to various media, including web, podcast, radio and video.

Topics include: microphone selection & technique, compression, sampling and audio file formats.

A laptop with audio editing software, a microphone and USB flashdrive are required.

The objective is to create and present audio projects in a professional manner. Class projects will include a 30-second commercial, three-minute music montage and three-minute feature interview.


  • Preferred: Adobe Audition software (part of the Adobe CS6 suite)
    Alternate: Audacity software (free download)
  • Microphones – TBD
  • Headphones – TBD
  • USB flash drives

Digital Marketing

January 8 – February 12 Wed evenings 5:30 – 7 PM| Free

This course will help attendees enhance their business, non-profit or personal brand through technology.

With media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Email Newsletters and traditional marketing communications, business leaders and marketing professionals need to find the right combination for their Multi-Channel approach. Instructor Griffin LaFleur, Marketing Strategist at Penguin Strategies, a leading marketing and consulting company for businesses, examines techniques used by modern marketers in the digital age and how businesses and organizations can use them to better reach target audiences.

This class is primarily for individuals who want to get the most out of available digital media tools, focusing on popular Social Media Outlets and other helpful software for connecting with clients. Students must bring a laptop or tablet.


First Amendment Media Law

Winter 2020 – Dates to be announced | $25

None of the classes at the Nackey S. Loeb School would mean much without the First Amendment to protect Americans’ right to free speech and free press. Attorney Gregory Sullivan, who has argued numerous First Amendment cases before the N.H. Supreme Court and teaches First Amendment law at Suffolk Law School, 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. Students will learn about past and recent court cases and discuss issues in the headlines.

Participant quotes:

“I liked that simple, frank discussion was allowed.”

“I liked our discussions about various cases involving the 1st Amendment. It was interesting to hear about the various applications of free speech rights and exceptions to them.”

“Very informal. Great examples given to back up points.”


Food Writing

2020 – Dates to be announced | Free

This class is for people who like to eat, cook, write and possibly make a little money at the same time.

Restaurant reviews are but a part of this unique writing class which includes food memoir, product articles, and features. Guest lecturers have hailed from Yankee Magazine, The Associated Press and other media, including noteworthy cookbook authors dishing out all kinds of food writing advice. The tastings, writings and homework assignments continue to exceed all expectations as do general camaraderie and love of all things gourmet. Each semester ends with a potluck feast for the senses contributed by students


News Writing: Real, Not Fake

Sept. 9 – Oct. 14, 2020 Wed evenings 7 – 8:30 | Free

News writers verify, clarify and tell compelling stories that inform the community, uncover wrongdoing and sometimes even change the world. In this class, students learn the basics of reporting and writing the news with hands-on exercises and by covering real news events. Students examine journalism as a genre and discuss best practices for accuracy, fairness and newsworthiness. This class is appropriate those interested in producing journalism, but it also is useful for anyone trying to make sense of a profession that is evolving daily.

Instructor Mark Hayward has been a reporter/columnist at the New Hampshire Union Leader for more than 20 years. As a general assignment reporter, he is called on daily to quickly and accurately research and write news stories about a broad range of topics. Mark was named 2018 Columnist of the Year at the New Hampshire Press Association Distinguished Journalism Awards and was recognized in the Journalist of the Year, Spot News Reporting and First Amendment categories.



Sept. 9 – Oct. 14, 2020 Wed evenings 7 – 8:30 PM | Free

Taught by veteran news photographer Geoff Forester, this course helps students identify and use the elements of good news photography. Through hands-on activities and practical assignments, students learn the skills of telling a story through photographs and produce a photo essay. (Students must supply a digital SLR camera).

Geoff  has been a photojournalist for more than 30 years.  He was named 2018 Photographer of the Year by the New Hampshire Press Association and also won honors for Photo Essay and Sports Photo.  In 1994, he was named Photographer of the Year by the New Hampshire Photojournalists Association. He is photo editor at the Concord Monitor and former photo editor at the Boston Globe and has taught photography at Boston University and the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Participant quotes:

“Geoff knows his stuff, gives great examples, inspires others.”

“I loved everything about the course. Geoff is an amazing teacher and photographer. I also loved the array of people I’ve met.”


Photoshop Elements: The Basics

March 11 – April 15 2020 Wed evenings 5:30 – 7 PM | Cost $60

This six-week course covers the basics of using Adobe Photoshop Elements. While there are a lot of things that can be done with photos, we focus on basic structure, including ethical considerations.

For instance, what are all those hieroglyphics in the tools palettes and how do users find what they need in a hurry? We discuss the logic behind the way the menus are laid out to help find things more easily and we cover basics needed to create good printed pictures and designs, both at home and/or in a more commercial setting. Yes, there are differences!


Photoshop Elements: Beyond The Basics

Sept. 9 – Oct. 14, 2020 Wed evenings 5:30 – 7 PM | $60

This six-week course covers keyboard shortcuts and more advanced functionality for those who have a handle on what Photoshop can do. Things like specialized filters/transparency functions, layers, resolution, how to create cool special effects with color and black and white, quality color correction versus “good enough,” size considerations for enlarging and cropping photos.

The course also highlights differences in using Photoshop for print products and web and computerized production. For instance, why can content copied from the web look “fuzzy” when printed on paper?

Participant quotes:
“We covered all of the basics. I can use Photoshop now!”

“I liked the amount of organized information the teacher provided in such a short time.”


Travel Writing

March 11 – April 15, 2020 Wed evenings 5:30 – 7 PM | Free

Like to travel? Like to write? Like to have your writing help pay for your travel?

This class is for you Husband/wife team Stacy Milbouer and Tom Long will cover some basics of travel writing, including pitches, ethics and publication. Stacy and Tom have collaborated on travel articles for many publications, including “Yankee Magazine,” and are regular contributors to “New Hampshire Magazine.” Together, they have over 60 years experience as journalists.


Twenty-first Century Public Relations and Marketing

January 8 – February 12 Wed evenings 7 – 8:30 PM| Free

Taught by a respected communications professional, this class will look at the new approach to public relations, the marketing function by which businesses, political candidates, non-profits, entertainers and a wide variety of organizations work to build understanding and advance their mission and goals. Public relations is practiced as an applied social science to help build relationships and support, form public opinion and manage crises.

Instructor Jayme Simoes of Louis Karno & Company Communications cover the new ideas and ethics of PR, how to write effectively, PR tactics, media relations, crisis communications and PR in new media. Guest speakers will share insights into new thinking.


Video Production

March 11 – April 15 2020 Wed evenings 5:30 – 7 PM | Free

This class is designed to help students learn how to prepare video segments that meet quality standards suitable for professional use or family enjoyment.

Videographer and college video production instructor Michael Johnston has built the course around storytelling that combines moving and still images with the sounds of a location, interviews and commentary. The emphasis is on creating non-fictional works that explore community and family history or tell the story of an organization or business. By the end of six weeks, students will know how to frame actions, record sounds to support and advance the visuals, and bring these elements together to tell a story that is informative and emotionally satisfying, dramatizing a significant moment.


Recording tools

A video camera, a Smartphone or an SLR type camera in video mode with a digital recorder such as a Zoom H1N will work well to gather footage and sounds. Each type of equipment offers advantages but also has limitations to consider. The instructor will provide samples of broadcast and theatrical microphones to familiarize you with these options, but they are not required for the course.

Editing tools

A laptop with iMovie (Mac) or Moviemaker (PC) is fine for editing short films. Moviemaker and iMovie are well-developed programs and included free in the respective operating systems. Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro are industry standards.


Writing Memoirs

September 9 – October 14, 2020 Wed evenings 7 – 8:30 PM | Free

Make this the year you write your story.  Is it about a life-changing obstacle you overcame?  Travel adventures you’ve been meaning to recount?  A chapter of your life you want to pass on to future generations?  Whatever the reason, Carolyn Choate, a memoir junkie with a Master’s in writing will help you master the elements of this best-selling genre that breaks the conventions of autobiography and journaling to create a rare portrait from personal memory and experience.  Short readings, class discussions and weekly writing exercises will put you well on your way to becoming a bona fide writer of memoir.