2008 Quick Course trainers revealed

The trainers for SND's new slate of hands-on Quick Courses are set. They're coming to a location near you.

April 12-13: San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
October (date TBA): Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
November 14-15: Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

LEN DE GROOT is the Graphics Director at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where 3D is an every day tool for print, multimedia and television. He's taught Lightwave since 2004 with SND and for individual newspapers. He is also a moderator for newsartists.org, a web site for visual journalists.

STEVE WILSON is a longtime Mac/Computer Geek and Senior Artist at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. For over 15 years, Steve has been using 3D programs and incorporating their use into his graphics and illustrations. He is also a moderator for newsartists.org, writing tutorials for 3D programs like Lightwave and Poser.

March 15-16: Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 16-17: Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

STEPHANIE GRACE LIM is a photo-illustrating design machine. With over 150 professional awards, she has been nationally recognized for her photography, illustrations and design. Stephanie is Principal Creative Designer at PayPal, and was formerly Features Design Director at the Mercury News. Among them, acclaim from Nikon, Society for News Design, National Press Photographers Association, California, North Carolina & Michigan Press Photographers Associations, Associated Press, National Headliner Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. She's also been a hip-hop dance teacher, taiko drummer, and creativity speaker.

JOHN TELFORD has worked as a graphic artist, designer, presentation editor, creative director and project team leader at various newspapers and advertising agencies over the past 17 years. His work has appeared in projects for Time, the National Geographic Society, the Ford Motor Company, GlaxoSmithKline, America West Airlines, Sprint and Chevron. A native Floridian and University of Florida graduate, he's been enjoying the exotic midwest while working as a graphic artist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for the last seven years.

March 15-16: Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 16-17: Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
June 7-8: Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky

MARTIN GEE is a features designer and illustrator at the San Jose Mercury News. His work has been featured in publications such as The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, City Pages, OC Weekly, Urb, ATM (UK), BPM, XLR8R, Remix, Rinse, UR Chicago, "Digital Xposure" from Hearst Books and Tracy Collins' creativity article and presentation for SND. He previously worked at the Chicago Tribune, House of Blues' corporate home office in Hollywood, and The Orange County Register. His work has been recognized numerous times by the Society for News Design and Print magazine.

LAYNE SMITH is the Graphics and Multimedia Director for The Dallas Morning News and a founding member of the News Artists' Organization. Layne has been using Illustrator and Photoshop almost daily since he was a young buck back in college 15 years ago. He started in Dallas as a night staff artist grinding out buckets full of charts and locator maps. His work has been seen in Abilene, Texas and throughout the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. He has almost won some pretty big awards and has taught at a few Poynter and SND events. He loves to share what he knows and is looking forward to teaching you some Photoshop and Illustrator.

January 18-19: The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, Florida
March 1-2: Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario
March 29-30: Freedom Forum Diversity Institute, John Seigenthaler Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
July 12-13: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois

JOSH AWTRY's work on non-traditional storytelling has been featured at SND workshops and Quick Courses, and as a Poynter.org centerpiece. He advocates a Readership Institute-style approach to utility and content layering and specializes in working with reporters, copy editors and "non-visual" journalists to enhance their styles and reflect changing readership. He currently supervises more than 40 copy editors, photographers, designers and artists as the Assistant Managing Editor for Presentation at The Salt lake Tribune. He previously managed visual journalists at The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and The Independent in Grand Island, Neb.

STEPHEN KOMIVES appreciates "charticles" as much as anyone, but thinks the conversation about alternative story forms needs to extend beyond that term. As news design editor at the Orlando Sentinel, he's doing everything in his power to encourage, raise awareness of and demystify the process of telling stories in non-traditional ways. He has taught at several SND workshops and quick courses and numerous student journalism workshops, as well as at the Poynter Institute, and has served as a judge at the SND annual competition and the Malofiej infographics contest.

DENISE M. REAGAN has been making connections between words and pictures since she entered the news design field 18 years ago. She is the Assistant Managing Editor/Visuals at The Florida Times-Union. She has designed and art directed pages at The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Ind.; the Detroit Free Press; the Star Tribune in Minneapolis; the Savannah Morning News; and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She has been a judge for SND's creative competition as well as a judge of the SND.ies Web design contest. She offers training at SND Quick Courses, the Poynter Institute and other journalism gatherings on all areas of visual journalism.

January 18-19: Cerritos College, Cerritos, California
June 20-21: University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri

DOUG ENGLE is multimedia editor at the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., and produces SBTV, the organization's online news feed. He has more than a decade of experience as a photographer and photo director, and was among the first multimedia specialists to cover the war in Afghanistan. He coordinates training at the Star-Banner for reporters and photographers in audio and video reporting, and has taught multimedia workshops.

REGINA McCOMBS is the senior producer for multimedia at StarTribune.com in Minneapolis-St. Paul. She arrived there after 13 years as a producer and photographer at KARE-TV, the NPPA-winning powerhouse in the Twin Cities. Winner of numerous Best of Photojournalism and Pictures of the Year International awards for multimedia storytelling, and an Emmy for her videography, she is a regular speaker around the country. For StarTribune.com, she coordinates the multimedia team’s coverage, shoots and edits video stories, creates audio slide shows, produces major projects and trains staff. She’s also taught classes in online journalism and TV news at the University of Minnesota, where she earned her master's degree.

And returning for another year . . .
February 1-2: Beginner & Intermediate, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
March 14-15: Beginner, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

R. SCOTT HORNER, Multimedia Director for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, manages production for the paper's video and highly-interactive and informationally-rich content. The award-winning designer has been producing print informational graphics since the late '80s and has been producing for the Web since 1995. Horner has a degree in graphic design from the University of Central Florida with minors in journalism and business. He is a 2007 John S. Knight Fellow and recipient of the Anton Majeri Award for Innovation and Leadership in Graphic Journalism. Recognized as a pioneer in interactive informational graphics, Horner has given lectures to national and international groups on the subject.

DON WITTEKIND is an assistant professor in the visual communication sequence at the University of North Carolina. Before turning to teaching, he spent 10 years as informational graphics director at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where he led the creation of the first newspaper-based multimedia graphics department. Under his direction, the Sun-Sentinel created its first interactive project in December of 1996 and continued as an industry leader throughout his tenure. Wittekind's work has been honored with top honors by the Newspaper Association of America, Editor & Publisher, the Online News Association and the SND.ies. His professional activities are centered on Swarm Interactive, a company he co-founded in 1998. Swarm's main focus is medical animation and web design, as well as multimedia production for companies such as the Discovery Channel.

Stay tuned for more speaker announcements for the Small Papers Summit and Infographics Summit.

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Blogger Robb Montgomery said...

Thanks for posting these up, Denise.

I am going to add their profiles to my global database of digital journalism and visual editing instructors.

(Some of these people I already know . . . ;-) )

I don't think we can do enough to promote the people who put on the training for journalism events. Esp when they come to volunteer their time.

Conference speakers always get the ink and spotlight - but trainers work much longer hours for less glamour.

I know when I look at Digital J instructors C.V.s- I want to know more than where they have been. I want to see how far they have come.

I always want to know - "Do they blog?" "Are they from my hometown," "Who do they know that I know?" And of course their mad storytell chops as well.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 6:43:00 PM  
Anonymous RedFox said...

Oh WOW! Thanks for the great info!!

Monday, February 11, 2008 11:31:00 AM  

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