Adviser says Academy well worth the trip

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Walsworth’s Adviser Academy moved into its second day on Tuesday with half of the group in attendance making the bus trip up the road from Kansas City to Marceline/Brookfield, Mo., for a tour of Walsworth’s Printing and Bindery facilities.

The rest of the advisers stayed back at the Plaza Marriott to dive into more educational sessions. Topics on the morning agenda included classes on InDesign, Walsworth’s Online Design program, photojournalism and a round table for yearbook critiques.

Mandy Story, a second year adviser from Henrietta High School in Henrietta, Texas, attended the photojournalism class taught by adviser Jill Chittum and raved about it.

“I told my instructor it was worth the trip. And I drove 10 hours,” said Story. “I learned how to use various settings on my camera that I didn’t know before.”

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  • Tabitha Houchens

    I couldn’t agree with Mandy more. This was my second year to attend the academy and it was wonderful. The entire thing was extremely beneficial, but I particularly enjoyed the photojournalism session. I would have loved to attend a day-long session by Jill. It was well worth the nine hour drive!

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for and, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.