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.

One Response to “Yearbook training gets technical at Academy”

June 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm, Tabitha Houchens said:

Jill Chittum is awesome. I attended her session last year and wished she had taught us all day. I was very excited to learn she was offereing two sessions this year, and even more excited to actually get to go out and do a little hands-on training. This is my third year to attend the Adviser Academy and the entire experiece each year has been wonderful, but Jill has helped me so much. I can’t wait to get back in the classroom and work with my students. I simply can’t give her enough praise! Thanks Jill and Walsworth for offering this experience.


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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Marketing Automation Specialist for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 15+ 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.