June 29, 2011 / 2011 Adviser Academy

Yearbook training gets technical at Academy

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

While a portion of the attendees for the 2011 Adviser Academy split off from the group on Wednesday to take a plant tour of Walsworth’s printing facilities in Marceline and Brookfield, Mo., the rest stayed behind to continue on with seminars at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency.

Full-day sessions covering InDesign, Photoshop, Online Design, photography and yearbook coverage were on the agenda.

A large group filled a Hyatt ballroom to watch Walsworth instructor Don Leonard walk through all the new features of Walsworth’s Online Design program. Online Design will be coming to schools this year, equipped with a variety of improvements to its Page Editor.

Jill Chittum, the yearbook adviser at Blue Valley High School in Stilwell, Kan., taught the session on Photojournalism and even turned the advisers in her class loose in the hotel to shoot their own pictures.

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, 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.