2021 National Virtual Workshop Schedule

The Walsworth Yearbooks Virtual Workshop will take place July 12-16. General sessions begin each at 11 a.m. Central time, Master Classes begin at 10 a.m., and training will end at 4 p.m. Central time on most days.

To give this workshop the feel of an in-person summer workshop, we will include some fun activities. We anticipate that staffs may be able to gather in a group, so many of the activities include group projects and hands-on work. We also encourage your staff to participate in the dress-up days and contests. These activities will begin the highly needed staff bonding we missed this school year.

This workshop is offered free to any school in the U.S. All you need to do is register online. Walsworth will email a link to you for each day’s events. Each breakout class may have handouts for the sessions, and all handouts will be available for printing on Friday, July 9.

New for 2021: Master Classes. Each day, two students from your program will be allowed to register to take Master Classes with some of the top advisers/trainers in journalism today. These classes have a $50 registration fee, which covers both students. Links to Master Classes will be emailed to those who have registered and have paid for the classes.

Zoom Tech Support:
Website: support.zoom.us

Download the workshop workbook here.

Monday, July 12 - Theme Day

Dress Up: School Spirit Day – Wear your school colors.

Fun Activity: Decorate your room to showcase your school spirit. Send in videos and pics.


11 a.m.-Noon: Opening and theme overview with Jim Jordan, Mike Taylor, CJE, and Sabrina Schmitz, CJE

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Theme Master Class with Susan Massy and Becky Tate, CJE (Master Classes will break for the hour to attend the Keynotes.)

12:25-1 p.m.: Staff get together and lunch. Use this time to explore, discuss and look for theme.

Suggested Activity: Have entire staff look for theme related phrases.

General Courses

1:10-1:45 p.m. Central

  • Yearbook 101: Susan McNulty, CJE
  • Theme is Supreme: Laurel Wicke (Middle School)
  • Trends 2022: Jim Jordan

2-2:45 p.m. Central
Use of color/graphics

  • Hello Theme, It’s Me, Relevance: Shannon Williams
  • Sidebars, Mods, Packages, Oh My: Cory Bentley (Middle School)
  • Choosing the Right Font: Dr. Tod Traughber, CJE

3-3:45 p.m.

  • Incorporating Your Theme: Susan McNulty, CJE
  • Middle School Theme: Jason Davis, CJE
  • How to Theme Naturally: Leland Mallett, CJE

Tuesday, July 13 - Writing Day

Dress Up: Dress like your favorite fictional character

Fun activity: Turn your workshop area into a magical forest, castle or place.


11 a.m.-Noon Central: Writing Keynote with Bobby Hawthorne

10 a.m-4 p.m. Central: Writing Master Class with Dow Tate and Leland Mallett, CJE

(Master Classes will break for the hour to attend the Keynotes.)

12:25-1 p.m.: Staff lunch

General Courses

1:10-1:45 p.m. Central

  • Interviewing: Julia Satterthwaite, MJE
  • Headlines and Secondary Headlines: Amy Morgan, MJE
  • Personality Profiles: Brian Wilson, MJE
  • Captions for Middle School: Cory Bentley (Middle School)

2-2:45 p.m. Central

  • Alternative Story Formats: Brian Wilson, MJE
  • Instagram: Julia Satterthwaite, MJE
  • Captions for the Ages: Michelle Shue
  • I'd Read That: 25 Side Salad Story Ideas: Vanessa Martinez, CJE

3-3:45 p.m. Central

  • Journalistic Writing in Middle School: Jason Davis, CJE (Middle School)
  • Storytelling: Amy Morgan, MJE

Wednesday, July 14 - Photo/Leadership/Marketing Day

Dress Up: Sea Shanty Day – All staffers dress as pirates, fishermen or sailors.

Fun activity: Submit the best staff sea shanty contest


11 a.m.-Noon Central: Photography Keynote with Mark Murray

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Central: Photo Master Class with Alyssa Boehringer, CJE, and Mitchell Franz

12:30-12:50 p.m. Central: Design Wars special announcement with Tiffany Kopcak, CJE

(Master Classes will break for the hour to attend the Keynotes.)

12:25-1 p.m. Central: Staff get-together and lunch

12:25-1:55 p.m. Central: Leading with Purpose: Susan Massy, Becky Tate, CJE

General Courses

1:10-1:45 p.m. Central

  • Basic Shooting for Middle School/Beginner Photo: Andrew Young, CJE (Middle School)
  • Photo Composition: Dr. Tod Traughber
  • Middle School Leadership: Laurel Wicke (Middle School)
  • How to be an Editor: Leland Mallett, CJE

2-2:45 p.m. Central

  • Photo Camera Settings: Dr. Tod Traughber, CJE
  • Marketing on Social Media: Kathy Beers
  • Leadership: There's a List for That: Vanessa Martinez, CJE
  • Award-winning Intangibles: Dow Tate

3-3:45 p.m. Central

  • Staff work time
  • Color Correcting and Editing Your Photos: Dr. Tod Traughber, CJE

4-5 p.m.: Wait. What? An end of the day leadership keynote! Be a Leader with Renee Burke, MJE – You do not want to miss this session!

Thursday, July 15 - Design Day

Dress Up: Dress Like a Dad Day

Fun Activity: Staffs submit a video with the best and worst dad jokes


11 a.m.-Noon Central: Design keynote with Gary Lundgren

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Central: Design Master Class with Brit Taylor, CJE, Courtney Hanks, MJE, and Christy Porcelli

12:30-12:50 p.m. Central: Design Wars special announcement with Tiffany Kopcak, CJE

(Master Classes will break for the hour to attend the Keynotes.)

12:25-1 p.m. – Staff lunch and create a wall of inspiration

General Courses

1:10-1:45 p.m. Central

  • Why Using Inspiration is Important: Mike Taylor, CJE
  • Yearbook 101: Susan McNulty, CJE
  • Hierarchy: Liz Luna
  • Become a Design Pickpocket: Laurel Wicke (Middle School)
  • Design C.R.A.P.: Tucker Love

2-2:45 p.m. Central

  • Design with Type: Dr. Tod Traughber, CJE
  • Design Like You Care: Shannon Williams
  • Delicious Design: A Balanced Mod Meal -  Vanessa Martinez, CJE
  • Middle School Design: Jason Davis CJE
  • Designing Headlines: Becky Tate, CJE

Friday, July 16 - Tech Training Day

Dress Up: Bitmoji Day

General Courses

10 -11 a.m. Central

  • Online Design troubleshooting (check to make sure you are logged in and everything is working properly)

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Central

  • Online Design: Lori Mortland, CJE, Jim Straub, Carolyn Henderson
    • Sessions will proceed from beginner level to advanced throughout the day - check the schedule for more information.
    • Due to a high level of interest and the hand-on nature of this course, three concurrent sessions will be held. Please choose your session according to the first letter of your school name.
      • A - H: Group A
      • I - P: Group B
      • Q - Z: Group C

10-11 a.m. Central

  • InDesign tips and tricks: Tucker Love

11:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Central

  • Photoshop tips and tricks: Tucker Love

1-3 p.m. Central

  • Canva: Dan Sidwell (if you don’t yet have a Canva account, please set one up before this session)

2-3 p.m. Central

  • Found it in the Library: Becky Tate, CJE


After the National Virtual Workshop, a certificate of attendance will be available. Please fill out this Microsoft Form to request your certificate.

All classes will take place through Zoom, and links will be posted prior to the event. All classes will be recorded, and you will have total access to the Virtual Summer Workshop through Oct. 15.