Learn hands-on communications skills from experts in the field

Broadcasting

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.”

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Creative Writing

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

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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.

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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.

Requirements

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

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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.

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Photojournalism

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.”

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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!

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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.”

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Podcasting: Producing and Listening

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

What had been a niche digital audio platform is now the fastest growing medium in the US. Its “Share of Ear” has doubled in the past four years. Fifty-one percent of Americans listened to a podcast in 2019 and one out of three listen each month. Revenues will hit $1 billion by 2021.

In this class, you will learn how to listen to podcasts with a critical ear. We’ll examine formats such as talk/interview, review/appreciation, narrative journalism, true crime, and audio drama. We’ll explore industry trends. You’ll also learn how to record, edit, and distribute your own podcasts.

Required equipment includes

  • a laptop with audio editing software (Adobe Audition is the preferred software; Audacity is also acceptable)
  • a USB microphone
  • headphones

Instructor Kevin Flynn is a former broadcast reporter, magazine writer, and author. He produces several podcasts including “Crime Writers On” and “These Are Their Stories.” He has appeared on “Criminal,” “Reality Life,” “The Hollywood Outsider,” “The Blotter Presents,” and is a regular guest host on Netflix’s “You Can’t Make This Up.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

EQUIPMENT

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.

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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.

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