Learn hands-on communications skills from experts in the field

News Writing

September 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wed evenings 5:30  – 7 PM | 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.



September 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wed evenings 7:15 – 8:45 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.”

Class is full. Please call 603-627-0005 or email loebschool@loebschool.org to be added to wait list.

Photoshop Elements: The Basics

September 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wed evenings 5:15  – 6:45 PM | Free 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!


Writing Memoirs

September 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wed evenings 7 :00- 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.


Creative Writing: From Idea to Page –Stacy Milbouer and Tom Long

October 7, 14, 21, 28 (5:30 – 7 PM)

Class is full, call 603-627-0005 to be added to a wait list

Space is limited to 15 participants

All the excuses are gone. Now is the time to start on or continue with that novel, short story, poem – or creative non-fiction that’s been dancing around your head.  Whether you’re a novice or you’ve been writing for years, journalists and authors Stacy Milbouer and Tom Long will kick start your creativity with prompts, exercises and helpful, personal critiques.

Stacy Milbouer and Tom Long are accomplished newspaper and magazine journalists, currently co-contributing editors of Fiddlehead Magazine. Stacy and Tom are two of the Nackey Loeb School’s most popular teachers, having worked for the School for more than 15 years.

Fact Tracking: Finding Truth in an Infodemic (co-hosted with AARP-New Hampshire) – FREE

September 29, 2020 1 PM – 2:15 PM

In today’s uncertain times uncertain times, it’s increasingly difficult to know what’s true. The growth of social media, smart devices and online sources offer 24/7 connectivity and unprecedented access to a rapidly expanding sea of information. But with that access comes the threat of those who seek to deceive or trick consumers with misinformation. From false rumors and online hoaxes, to downright lies–what can we believe and who can we trust?

To help Granite Staters better sort fact from fiction, join the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and AARP New Hampshire for Fact Tracking: Finding Truth in an Infodemic, an engaging and informative webinar on Tuesday, September 29, 1pm – 2:15 pm.

This free event will kick-off with 30-minute presentation by Jevin West, Director of the nonpartisan Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington. The spread of misinformation is among the most pressing challenges of our time. New platforms for human interaction and information sharing have opened the door to misinformation, disinformation and other forms of networked manipulation which mislead and create divisions, and diminish trust in democratic institutions such as science and journalism. Jevin will provide us with powerful tools to cut through the most intimidating data. Drawing on a deep well of expertise in statistics and computational biology, Jevin will share some compelling examples with you.

Following Jevin, you’ll hear from a media reaction panel made up of Granite State journalists who will share their experiences, offer tips on how to spot misinformation, where to go for the facts behind the claims, and what you can do to better navigate today’s information overload. The panel, moderated by Neil Levesque, executive director at the nationally-known New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, will feature Holly Ramer, a senior reporter at Associated Press and Matt Mowry, editor of Business NH Magazine,

Register here