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Nackey Loeb School gears up for next round of courses

New Hampshire Union Leader

August 14. 2018 10:24PM

MANCHESTER — The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications will present a wide variety of offerings this fall, including classes on writing, photography and video editing, as well as public speaking and using social media to improve your business.

A six-week session of Wednesday evening classes running from Sept. 12 – Oct. 17 features ‘Photojournalism,’ ‘Photoshop Elements 12, Beyond the Basics,’ Video Production,’ Writing Memoirs,’ and

‘News Writing: Real, not Fake.’

All classes but ‘Photoshop’ are offered free of charge at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, located at 749 East Industrial Park Drive in Manchester. The school’s executive director, David Tirrell-Wysocki, reports there is currently a waiting list for a sixth class, ‘Creative Writing, Beyond the Basics.’

Taught by veteran photographer and Concord Monitor photo editor Geoff Forester, Photojournalism helps students identify and use the elements of good feature and news photography. Students learn the skills of telling a story through photos and produce a photo essay. Students will need a digital SLR camera. Classes run from 7-8:30 p.m.

In Photoshop Elements 12, Beyond the Basics, instructor Debi Rapson builds on students’ knowledge of basic Photoshop techniques to cover keyboard shortcuts and more advanced functions. Classes run from 5:30-7 p.m. A fee of $50 is required to attend this class.

In Video Production, videographer Michael Johnston teaches how to prepare videos suitable for professional or family use. Students will learn how to frame action, record sounds to support visuals and bring the elements together to tell a story.

Students will need a video camera, a Smartphone or an SLR type camera in video mode, as well as a digital recorder and laptop with video editing software. Free software such as iMovie is suitable. Classes run from 5:30-7 p.m.

In Writing Memoirs, TV producer and writer Carolyn Choate offers ways to write about an aspect of your life worth sharing. Classes run from 7-8:30.

Veteran NH Union Leader reporter and columnist Mark Hayward offers News Writing: Real, Not Fake. Mark will draw on his 25-plus years of newswriting to teach how to quickly and accurately research and write news stories on everything from breaking news to politics and government to courts. Class runs from 7-8:30 p.m.

A day-long workshop on “Public Speaking and Professional Presentations” will be held Sept. 7.

Taught by Southern New Hampshire University Professor Andrea Bard, the workshop offers instruction on delivering professional presentations. Participants give several presentations through the day and receive constructive feedback.

The course is suited for beginners, or those who are looking for tips to improve their public speaking skills.

With more than 20 years of experience as a teacher and trainer, Bard has developed and presented training programs and workshops on topics including organizational communication, professional presentations, meeting, planning, interviewing skills and job search techniques.

The workshop, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., has limited enrollment to ensure the maximum amount of speaking time and feedback per student. A $50 fee includes lunch.

The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications will also offer a day-long workshop entitled

‘Social Media For Business, Beyond the Basics’ on September 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The goal is to help business owners and nonprofits improve their use of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and video marketing techniques.

Instructor Christine Halvorson of Halvorson New Media will teach how to manage time, gain fans for your business or organization and use photos and graphics wisely. The session includes an overview of cheap and easy ways to create and edit videos for your business. Participants receive worksheets and an online version of the presentation.

Registration is $50, including lunch.


For more details and to register for classes, see or call 627-0005.

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