Community Calendar Event

Photoshop Elements: The Basics

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

This six-week course covers the basics of using Adobe Photoshop Elements. While there are a lot of things that can be done with photos, we focus on basic structure, including ethical considerations.

For instance, what are all those hieroglyphics in the tools palettes and how do users find what they need in a hurry? We discuss the logic behind the way the menus are laid out to help find things more easily and we cover basics needed to create good printed pictures and designs, both at home and/or in a more commercial setting. Yes, there are differences!

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 5:30pm to Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Photoshop Elements: Beyond the Basics

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

This six-week course covers keyboard shortcuts and more advanced functionality for those who have a handle on what Photoshop can do. Things like specialized filters/transparency functions, layers, resolution, how to create cool special effects with color and black and white, quality color correction versus “good enough,” size considerations for enlarging and cropping photos.

The course also highlights differences in using Photoshop for print products and web and computerized production. For instance, why can content copied from the web look “fuzzy” when printed on paper?

Participant Quotes

“We covered all of the basics. I can use Photoshop now!”

“I liked the amount of organized information the teacher provided in such a short time.”

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

Podcasting: Producing and Listening

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

What had been a niche digital audio platform is now the fastest-growing medium in the US. Its “Share of Ear” has doubled in the past four years. Fifty-one percent of Americans listened to a podcast in 2019 and one out of three listen each month. Revenues will hit $1 billion by 2021.

In this class, you will learn how to listen to podcasts with a critical ear. We’ll examine formats such as talk/interview, review/appreciation, narrative journalism, true crime, and audio drama. We’ll explore industry trends. You’ll also learn how to record, edit, and distribute your own podcasts.

Required equipment includes

  • a laptop with audio editing software (Adobe Audition is the preferred software; Audacity is also acceptable)
  • a USB microphone
  • headphones

Instructor Kevin Flynn is a former broadcast reporter, magazine writer, and author. He produces several podcasts including “Crime Writers On” and “These Are Their Stories.” He has appeared on “Criminal,” “Reality Life,” “The Hollywood Outsider,” “The Blotter Presents,” and is a regular guest host on Netflix’s “You Can’t Make This Up.”

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

Travel Writing

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Like to travel? Like to write? Like to have your writing help pay for your travel?

This class is for you Husband/wife team Stacy Milbouer and Tom Long will cover some basics of travel writing, including pitches, ethics and publication. Stacy and Tom have collaborated on travel articles for many publications, including “Yankee Magazine,” and are regular contributors to “New Hampshire Magazine.” Together, they have over 60 years experience as journalists

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 5:30pm to Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Travel Writing

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Like to travel? Like to write? Like to have your writing help pay for your travel?

This class is for you Husband/wife team Stacy Milbouer and Tom Long will cover some basics of travel writing, including pitches, ethics, and publication. Stacy and Tom have collaborated on travel articles for many publications, including “Yankee Magazine,” and are regular contributors to “New Hampshire Magazine.” Together, they have over 60 years experience as journalists.

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 5:30pm to Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Twenty-First Century Public Relations and Marketing

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Taught by a respected communications professional, this class will look at the new approach to public relations, the marketing function by which businesses, political candidates, non-profits, entertainers and a wide variety of organizations work to build understanding and advance their mission and goals. Public relations is practiced as an applied social science to help build relationships and support, form public opinion and manage crises.

Instructor Jayme Simoes of Louis Karno & Company Communications covers the new ideas and ethics of PR, how to write effectively, PR tactics, media relations, crisis communications and PR in new media. Guest speakers will share insights into new thinking.

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

Video Production

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

This class is designed to help students learn how to prepare video segments that meet quality standards suitable for professional use or family enjoyment.

Videographer and college video production instructor Michael Johnston has built the course around storytelling that combines moving and still images with the sounds of a location, interviews and commentary. The emphasis is on creating non-fictional works that explore community and family history or tell the story of an organization or business. By the end of six weeks, students will know how to frame actions, record sounds to support and advance the visuals, and bring these elements together to tell a story that is informative and emotionally satisfying, dramatizing a significant moment.

Equipment

Recording tools

A video camera, a Smartphone or an SLR type camera in video mode with a digital recorder such as a Zoom H1N will work well to gather footage and sounds. Each type of equipment offers advantages but also has limitations to consider. The instructor will provide samples of broadcast and theatrical microphones to familiarize you with these options, but they are not required for the course.

Editing tools

A laptop with iMovie (Mac) or Moviemaker (PC) is fine for editing short films. Moviemaker and iMovie are well-developed programs and included free in the respective operating systems. Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro are industry standards.

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 5:30pm to Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Writing Memoirs

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Make this the year you write your story.  Is it about a life-changing obstacle you overcame?  Travel adventures you’ve been meaning to recount?  A chapter of your life you want to pass on to future generations?  Whatever the reason, Carolyn Choate, a memoir junkie with a Master’s in writing will help you master the elements of this best-selling genre that breaks the conventions of autobiography and journaling to create a rare portrait from personal memory and experience.  Short readings, class discussions and weekly writing exercises will put you well on your way to becoming a bonafide writer of memoir.

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

Community Planning for Economic Recovery

Presented by: National Center for Disaster Preparedness

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University, will be conducting a free FEMA course for MGT-462: Community Planning for Economic Recovery in Concord, New Hampshire on Thursday, January 16th.

Course Description: This course will guide decision makers to incorporate community planning for economic resilience and recovery from natural disasters. The curriculum includes practical tools to develop stronger partnerships between the public and private sectors, evaluate community hazard assessments through the lens of economic recovery, provide resources for public and private sector partners to use in a post-disaster environment, and planning templates for articulating these actions at the community level. This is a 1-day planning workshop.

Course Objectives:

  • Calculate estimated financial losses from major disasters and identify factors that influence a community’s economic recovery.
  • Identify all steps of a hazard analysis pertaining to disaster economic recovery.
  • Formulate ways to collaborate with potential community partners for coordinating economic recovery.
  • Appraise cost recovery options (such as insurance and federal programs) that may be utilized to support organizational recovery from a disaster.
  • Revise customizable planning tools appropriate for the participants’ work context.
  • Synthesize customizable planning tools for use within the participants’ context.
  • Prepare an economic impact analysis as part of a post-disaster economic recovery case study.
  • Develop ways to integrate whole community continuity of operations planning through different management techniques.

Target Audience: This course is available to the whole community, including managers and leadership of private sector businesses (for-profit and not-for-profit), state, local, tribal, and territorial leadership and management, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, emergency managers, and economic development organizations.

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Location: NH Fire Academy

One Sky Advocacy Training

Presented by: New Futures

Learn how to advocate for policies that will support those with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders! This training provided by New Futures will teach you about NH's unique legislature and why your voice is needed to make change. Learn best practices for advocacy skills like calling a legislator, writing a letter to the editor, or testifying at a public hearing. Free and open to all!

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: One Sky Community Services

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