andrewnoakes32by Andrew Noakes
Guild website administrator

Adobe InDesign - December 16

Basics of effective magazine and newspaper page design and the fundametals of Adobe InDesign for editors, writers and subs.

Aimed at: Writers and sub-editors with little or no experience of page layout using Adobe InDesign

Programme

0930-1000 Coffee, introduction

1000-1300 MORNING SESSION - GOOD DESIGN IN INDESIGN

  • Basic page design - columns, balance, hierarchy
  • Introduction to Indesign CS6 - toolbars, frames
  • Laying out sample pages - copy, headlines, images, colours, lines

1300-1400 LUNCH

1400-1600 AFTERNOON SESSION - DEEPER INTO INDESIGN

  • Using paragraph and character styles
  • Adding furniture - pullquotes, captions
  • Tips and tricks - bleed, story editor
  • Solving problems - hyphenation issues, copyfitting tricks
  • Use and abuse of special features - drop shadows, transparency

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Set up InDesign documents and apply correct column structure
  • Appreciate the fundamentals of effective page design
  • Design simple page layouts conforming to best design practices
  • Understand and use professional InDesign techniques such as paragraph styles and Text Wrap
  • Solve layout and typographical problems
  • Appreciate a wider range of InDesign facilities, empowering self-learning beyond the course

Social Media - Wordpress and Twitter - December 18

Basics of social media for journalists, including blogging with Wordpress and getting started with Twitter.

Aimed at: Journalists with little or no experience of blogging or Twitter

Programme

0930-1000 Coffee, introduction

1000-1300 MORNING SESSION - BLOGGING WITH WORDPRESS

  • Blogs - what are they, how do they work and what can they be used for?
  • Setting up a free blog with Wordpress
  • Using the Wordpress 'backend' system
  • Developing and customising your blog

1300-1400 LUNCH

1400-1600 AFTERNOON SESSION - GET STARTED WITH TWITTER

  • What is Twitter and how does it work?
  • Setting up a Twitter accountTweets, replies and RTs
  • Using hashtags
  • Searching and analytics

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Set up and post to a Wordpress blog
  • Use and customise Wordpress templates
  • Set up a Twitter account
  • Tweet, reply, RT and follow
  • Understand and use hashtags, Twitter searches and analytics

Prices and how to book

Each course costs £25 for Guild members or £100 for non-members. Online booking will be available soon but for now you can register interest by emailing Andrew Noakes at .

Andrew would also be keen to hear from you if you have suggestions for courses on other subjects the Guild could run in the future.

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