CSJ Advanced Advising Workshop

CSJ Advanced Advising Workshop 2022

We’re set to go – and hope you are, too! Kent State’s Center for Scholastic Journalism Advanced Advising Workshop is ready to take your registrations for 2022. True, it’s all on ZOOM, and you may be tired of looking at a screen but consider this…. The workshop includes:


  • The best experts as presenters. Many will send you materials and resources before and after the course and all will include interactivity and…breaks during sessions;
  • Engaging topics about emerging technology. If you haven’t tried these yet, you’ll be comfortable with them before the sessions are over.
  • Current challenges you’re facing right now. You’ll want to share these with your students right away.
  • FREE REGISTRATION. Yes, you will need to register and please really join us if you do so, but you can pick and choose the sessions you want to attend.


Sessions are four Thursdays in July – 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th – from noon to 3 p.m. EDT. And, remember, IT’S FREE!

Short Session Descriptions: (want a more detailed version? Contact Candace Perkins Bowen cbowen@kent.edu )

*Thursday, July 7 – noon to 3 p.m. EDT – “Google and so much more” with Mike Reilley

New Google tools from Fact-Check Explorer to Google Public Data Explorer plus hands-on practice with data scraping using Google sheets and building graphics with Flourish.studio, and, finally, Google Earth Suite.

Presented by Mike Reilley, data and digital journalism expert and a Society of Professional Journalism trainer


*Thursday, July 14 – noon to 3 p.m. EDT – “Social Media: Yes, it IS journalism” with Tom Gayda, MJE

What is social media? If it’s where audiences are now, how can it work for us? What’s its role now – and how can students use it like the pros? Hands-on activities will include a social media scavenger hunt and a chance to design some social media yourselves.

Presented by Tom Gayda, MJE, adviser of award-winning media at North Central High School, Indianapolis, Indiana, and a former Dow Jones News Fund National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year


*Thursday, July 21 – noon to 3 p.m. EDT – “The Value of Visuals” with Susan Kirkman Zake and “Strategies for Standing Strong When Others Are Focused on Divisive Content, Banned Books and Armed Teachers” with John Bowen, MJE

(Part 1)

Great journalistic images capture attention—they can inform, enlighten and evoke emotional responses. Including visual thinkers in content planning, right from the beginning, is vitally important. Quality matters, so here’s how to better reach your audiences and deliver news through stronger visual reporting, editing and presentation. 

Presented by Susan Kirkman Zake, professor in the School of Media and Journalism at Kent State and the embedded newsroom adviser to the school’s award-winning student media. Before joining the faculty in 2007, Zake was the managing editor for multimedia and special projects at the Akron Beacon Journal, where she began work as a staff photographer in 1986.


(Part II)

Our goal of this hour and a half session is to strive to identify agents of change, assess their threat or strength and prepare students to rebuild journalistic integrity and credibility. Join us as we explore questions of whether student media should face limits on reporting "divisive content," thus challenging school authority and decision-making and maybe even state laws. What if this limits students’ ability to report and teachers’ ability to teach? What if it forces students to publish something they know is untrue?

Presented by John Bowen, MJE, instructor in Kent State’s online Master’s degree for Journalism Education and former high school journalism adviser of award-winning student media. A Dow Jones News Fund High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, Bowen was the long-time chair of JEA’s Scholastic Press Rights Committee.

*Thursday, July 28 – noon to 3 p.m. EDT – “So, you want to start a podcast?” with Amanda Rabinowitz  

Before you jump into the popular world of podcasting, you need to be able to answer some key questions: What makes a good audio story? How do I find engaging voices? How do I record quality interviews and sounds, even if I don’t have professional equipment? What’s the best way to edit and produce it? Distribute it? This workshop will explain the basics of audio storytelling, along with an interactive, step-by-step guide to developing, pitching and producing a podcast. 

Amanda Rabinowitz has been a reporter, host and producer at WKSU since 2007. After serving as WKSU's Morning Edition host for a dozen years, she moved to afternoons in March of 2022 to become the local host of All Things Considered. She also hosts and produces Shuffle, a podcast focusing on Northeast Ohio’s music scene.

Want to register now? Don’t forget IT’S FREE! Here’s the link to register. You’ll get the Zoom link after we have received your registration.   https://forms.gle/hEwJYrdQpcGzRcRh7

Take a peek at some of what advisers learned at the 2019 Workshop – and use some of it yourself!