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Loeb School offering classes in Photoshop, social media

MANCHESTER - The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications is accepting registrations for its winter session, including instruction in Photoshop Basics and free classes in News Writing, Social Media, Broadcasting and the First Amendment.

The six-week session will run Wednesday evenings from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13.

Students of all ages - middle schoolers to retirees - are welcome.

"News Writing" will be taught by veteran Concord Monitor reporter and editor Meg Heckman. She will explore covering and writing news stories, from hatching an idea, to planning and conducting interviews, to putting it all on paper or a website - on deadline. Class time is 7 to 8:30 p.m.

In "Advanced Social Media," instructor Judi Window, of 311 Management Services, will cover understanding and incorporating social media in business.

The class is designed for students planning to use or currently using social media to enhance their business, non-profit or personal brand. Students must have a firm grasp of Facebook, Twitter and other basic social media formats. Class time is 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Also returning for the winter session is the popular class on Photoshop, the photo and graphics editing program.

In "Photoshop Elements 6: The Basics," instructor Debi Rapson will cover basic techniques, ethics and the logic behind the program menu.

Class time is 5:30 to 7 p.m. The fee is $50, $25 for those 18 and younger.

"Broadcasting" will be taught by WMUR-TV reporter Andy Hershberger, Executive Producer David Hurlburt and Director of News Operations Jim Breen.

Students will learn how broadcast news fits into the changing media world, the technical magic behind getting news on the air and the nuts and bolts of covering stories.

With a dose of ethics and the First Amendment, students will come away with a well-rounded introduction to broadcast news. Class time is 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Attorney Gregory Sullivan will present an easy-to-understand course on the protections and freedoms offered by the First Amendment.

The course prompts lively debates on how far the media and individuals can - and should - go in reporting the news and expressing opinions. Class time is 5:30 to 7 p.m.

To register, visit www.loebschool.org or call 627-0005.

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