If you’re interested in learning how to be a better interviewer, improve your narrative storytelling and understand how data journalism can be used effectively in your stories, then this workshop is for you. This workshop will also look at trends and issues on college campuses and how to write to your audience.
Laura Widmer is the associate director at NSPA/ACP, where she oversees conventions, conferences and workshops. She is also in charge of advisory committees for both organizations. Laura’s background includes two years of high school advising and 29 years of advising award-winning publications at Northwest Missouri State University. After Northwest, Laura served as general manager of the Iowa State Daily. Besides receiving the NSPA Pioneer award, Laura is a member of College Media (Adviser) Association Hall of Fame and Missouri College Media Association Hall of Fame. She started a newspaper, Chariton Valley News Press, in her hometown of Salisbury, Mo. in 2008.
An Indianapolis-based writer, Lisa Renze-Rhodes spent 17 years as a professional journalist, including 12 years at The Indianapolis Star, covering legislative issues that impacted the state’s fastest-growing school districts. Prior to reporting, she also worked as a visual journalist for The Star, The South Bend Tribune and specialty magazines throughout the Midwest. Her work has taken her on location throughout North America, Europe and Africa, and she’s earned SPJ, APME, AP, and Hoosier State Press awards. Additionally, she received an Indiana Judges Association Merit Citation for Journalism for fair and balanced reporting.
Currently, Lisa is the director of content management for Ball State University. She holds her MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Butler University, and is a proud alumna of Northwest Missouri State University where she studied broadcasting and journalism.
Reporters from the Star Tribune.