Virtual Workshop Summer Series | VW Dashboard

This page has all the necessary information for you as we move through the week. Please check back often as it will be updated regularly for the updated schedule, necessary links to get into the sessions, and extra resources.


Extra Activities

Coaching Sessions

Dates: July 13 – 29th
Time Slots: 9am – 3pm Central Time
Cost: $200

Looking to take your publication to new heights? Want to make sure you’re on the right path? Seeking guidance on pitfalls to avoid and make your book even more impactful? If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, sign up for a set of Coaching Sessions (45 minutes each) with our award-winning coaches, Samantha Jo Berry or Lori Oglesbee.

Your first meeting will consist of showing them what you’re thinking, where you’d like to go, explain what you’ve done in the past and provide them with a general idea of what you’d like to do. Your coach will provide you with guidance and ideas as you proceed through the Virtual Workshop – Summer Series learning new skills, putting them in practice and refining your plan for the upcoming year.

The second meeting will consist of showing your coach what you’ve accomplished, where you’ve decided to take your publication, and what your plan will be. Your coach will impart their wisdom, thoughts, award-winning advice, and any final tips they can provide you put the finishing touches on your plan!

Cover Design Session

Dates: July 13 – 31st
Time Slots: 9am – 3pm Central Time
Cost: $100

Although we say “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, we all do it. Your cover will be the first and most lasting impression that your reader will have of your book. Be it with incredible design, cover upgrades or other surprises, you want to ensure that it impresses all who see it.

Book a 1-hr cover session with a cover designer to create your next award-winning cover. Upon completion, you’ll get a PDF of the file with design files being provided directly to Friesens!


Looking to get a head start? Need some extra resources leading up to a particular session? Below you’ll find some complimentary, downloadable PDF resources to help get you on your way.



Photography Tips


Plan It - Page Ladder


Upcoming Schedule

Each session block will be recorded and available for 30 days post-production. They will be loaded into the Archived Recordings section below.

Tuesday, July 14th

What If?
Publication Photography
Caption Writing

Camera Handling & Composition
Beginning Layout & Design

Thursday, July 16th

Incorporating Photo Stories into Spreads
Advanced Layout & Design
Image Editing

Environment Portrait – Sports/Action Photography
Feature Leads and Stories

Tuesday, July 21st

Coverage Ideas
Headline Design & Writing

Photo Staff Organization and Management

Thursday July 23rd

Marketing and Social Media
Final Project Prep and Ideas – Speaker Panel Q & A

Thursday July 30th

Presentations & Awards

ARCHIVED Recordings

May 13th, 20204 Steps to a Great Theme – Samantha Jo Berry


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Samantha Jo Berry is the publications adviser at Bridgeland High School in Cypress, Texas. She has a degree in agricultural communications. She is passionate about creating positive classroom cultures, powerful storytelling and all things Google. A former Teacher of the Year, TAJE Pathfinder and JEA Rising Star, she currently serves as the President-Elect for the Texas Association of Journalism Educators. Her students have been named NSPA Finalists, and in 2019, the second volume of their yearbook was named a CSPA Crown Nominee.

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Mark Murray has been the Executive Director of the Association of Texas Photography Instructors (ATPI) for 28+ years. He recently retired from Arlington ISD and studied photography at Texas A&M. Combining his various skills and perspectives, as teacher, adviser, technologist, and visual thinker, Murray has received the Star of Texas Award from APTI, the Trail blazer Award from TAJE, the Pioneer Award from NSPA, and the Edith Fox Award from ILPC. He was named one of 75 Texas Legends of Scholastic Journalism by UIL in 2002.

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Lori Oglesbee, for the last 35 years, has advised more than 4,000 outstanding students at high school in Arkansas and Texas, including McKinney HS and Prosper HS. Her staff created award-winning yearbooks, newspapers and online sites, taking top awards at both the state and national level. Recipient of the 2005 Max R. Haddick Teacher of the Year and 2009 JEA National Yearbook Adviser, she advocated for New Voices legislation and student press rights. She uses Twitter to give pointers on writing: #WritingTipsFromMsO