Community Calendar Event

Nature Photography

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

This workshop, taught by award-winning photographer Geoff Forester, includes explanations of the techniques and equipment used to capture good nature images, with an emphasis on how the casual photographer can produce good photos. Participants travel to the nearby Audubon Center and Massabesic Lake to take photos of their own, then return to the school to display images. Geoff demonstrates processing techniques using Photoshop.

Students should bring a digital camera (more than a smartphone) and wear comfortable clothes for an outing of nature photography. Sophisticated camera equipment is not needed

Geoff Forester, photo editor at the Concord Monitor, 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 a former photo editor at the Boston Globe and has taught photography at Boston University and the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Date: Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Location: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Smartphones, Smart Photos

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Point, shoot and share.

It sounds so easy until you miss the moment or don’t capture an important image the way you saw it.

A world-class photographer once said the best camera is the one you hold in your hand. For most of us, that means a smartphone. This workshop covers the basics, including how to hold the phone and use the elements around you so your “moments” become your pride and joy, not just deleted images.

Instructor Debi Rapson is a semi-professional photographer acclaimed for her ability to “capture the authentic moment.” She also wins praise for her ability to translate technology into easy-to-understand terms for students of all ages.

Come with your smartphone, your questions, and your ideas. Learn how to create smartphone photos that will make you enjoy sharing — then smile when people ask you what camera you’re using.

Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Location: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Telling Your Family Story

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Everyone’s family has a story to tell and the Nackey S. Loeb School wants to help you tell yours. This popular program teaches how to uncover family or community stories, how to present them and how to preserve them for future generations. These skills are useful for local historians who record town lore and for residents who just want to make sure their dinner-table tales from grandma and grandpa are never forgotten. The program focuses on interviewing and listening skills as well as research and presentation.

Instructors include media professionals, historians, videographers and even an archivist to offer tips on how to preserve and protect photos and family papers that often fade away in a box in the attic.

Participant Quotes

“The presenters were specialists in their field.  They gave helpful information.”  

“All of the speakers were excellent – a varied and diverse group of professionals who all were well-spoken and interesting to listen to.”

“What I liked about the course was the experience and high caliber of the speakers. Their accumulated wisdom gave the presentations real substance.”

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Location: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Broadcasting

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

The Broadcasting class is taught by an award-winning team from WMUR TV, including Reporter Andy Hershberger and Director of News Operations Jim Breen.  Jim was part of a WMUR team that won a 2018 New England Emmy Award for special event coverage. While producing broadcast news stories of their own, students learn about where broadcast news fits in the ever-changing world of news reporting, the technical magic behind getting the news on the air and the nuts and bolts of covering stories and writing and editing copy. Add a dose of ethical issues and the First Amendment, and a student comes away with a well-rounded introduction to broadcast news

Participant Quotes

“The class was informative and insightful. There was a lot of useful information in six short weeks.”

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 8:30pm
Location: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Creative Writing

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Whether you want to write a short story, the great American novel or just a better Facebook post, it’s essential to turn down the volume on the critical voice whispering in your ear and free yourself to write what you were meant to write. This course, taught by two published fiction, poetry and non-fiction writers – Stacy Milbouer and Tom Long – will give you not just the skills, but the confidence to express yourself in words. Through exercises, group discussion, and individual critique, you’ll hone your skills and free your mind to become a better writer.

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 8:30pm
Location: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Creative Writing

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Whether you want to write a short story, the great American novel or just a better Facebook post, it’s essential to turn down the volume on the critical voice whispering in your ear and free yourself to write what you were meant to write. This course, taught by two published fiction, poetry and non-fiction writers – Stacy Milbouer and Tom Long – will give you not just the skills, but the confidence to express yourself in words. Through exercises, group discussion, and individual critique, you’ll hone your skills and free your mind to become a better writer.

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 5:30pm to Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Digital Audio Production

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

This class is designed to help students learn audio production skills that can be used at work or for home projects. Ed Brouder, a veteran broadcaster, and college instructor,  teaches how to record, edit and mix audio, using digital software for production and distribution to various media, including web, podcast, radio, and video.

Topics include: microphone selection & technique, compression, sampling and audio file formats.

A laptop with audio editing software, a microphone, and a USB flash drive are required.

The objective is to create and present audio projects in a professional manner. Class projects will include a 30-second commercial, three-minute music montage and three-minute feature interview.

Requirements

  • Preferred: Adobe Audition software (part of the Adobe CS6 suite)
  • Alternate: Audacity software (free download)
  • Microphones – TBD
  • Headphones – TBD
  • USB flash drives
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 8:30pm
Location: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Digital Marketing

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

This course will help attendees enhance their business, non-profit or personal brand through technology.

With media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Email Newsletters and traditional marketing communications, business leaders and marketing professionals need to find the right combination for their Multi-Channel approach. Instructor Griffin LaFleur, Marketing Strategist at Penguin Strategies, a leading marketing and consulting company for businesses, examines techniques used by modern marketers in the digital age and how businesses and organizations can use them to better reach target audiences.

This class is primarily for individuals who want to get the most out of available digital media tools, focusing on popular Social Media Outlets and other helpful software for connecting with clients. Students must bring a laptop or tablet.

Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 5:30pm to Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

News Writing: Real, Not Fake

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

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 for 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.

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 8:30pm
Location: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Photojournalism

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

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.”

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 8:30pm
Location: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

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