A college student, newspaper designer’s delight: attending Tim Harrower’s worshop in Nashville Tennessee

A week from tomorrow I’m heading south to Vanderbilt University for a day devoted to newspaper design, web design and many other topics, I’m sure. Being a proud owner of Harrower’s book “The Newspaper Designer’s Handbook,” I must say, I am particularly excited about the 26th.

Here’s a rundown of the workshops also posted here on Harrower’s website:

Writing for Non-Readers (9:30 to 10:30 a.m.)

Are readers bored by all those dull 15-inch stories? Unfortunately, yes. Here’s how to make your paper or website more engaging and reader-friendly by rethinking and repackaging news and features into useful, interactive sidebars, fact boxes, checklists and other innovative chunks. And we’ll show how writers, editors, photographers and designers can collaborate more effectively.

Everything You Need to Know to be a Digital Journalist (10:45 a.m. to Noon)

Ideally, every news site should have video. Audio. Slideshows. Blogs. User participation. But the world of new media is confusing and intimidating. Where do you begin? Our crash course in new media introduces the skills and software you’ll need to become effective online.


12 Tips for Futurizing Your Packaging and Design (1 to 3 p.m.)

When it comes to writing stories and designing pages, we all keep making the same mistakes. With hundreds of examples from print and the web, this session provides a wide-ranging list of do’s and don’ts, from fonts to photos, infographics to grids.

101 Swipeable Ideas (3:15 to 4 p.m.)

The big finale: a fast paced parade of the coolest, cleverest headlines, typography, story ideas and design gimmicks you’ve ever seen, terrifically swipeable ideas to use in your own stories.

Looking forward to meeting and mingling with fellow students and professionals passionate about newspaper design!

To learn more about the workshop, read some of my other posts.


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