As a high school journalist, come meet with more than 50 journalists at this multimedia seminar on July 9-11, 2012 at Liberty North High School and Northwest Missouri State University.

You or your adviser must first register your high school to request a spot in the seminar. A fee of $25 is required to make a reservation. Enrollment is limited and we maintain a balance between high schools. All programs will be notified of admission status (admitted or wait list) no later than April 2.


The seminar will focus on developing your knowledge of multimedia in journalism and explore ways that new technologies and interactive journalism are expanding your roles and responsibilities as journalists and your potential to reach readers.

This intensive two-day training seminar in photography, videography, reporting, social media, design and web will include a simulated news event that offers hands-on experience in developing multimedia pieces and working as a team.

The seminar will offer students an introduction to beginning/advanced training, opportunities to build their portfolio for early internship applications, equipment and software training and networking opportunities with peers and industry professionals.

Students will also have the opportunity to network and learn from professionals from the following companies and organizations- VML, KSHB-41 (NBC affiliate), KMBC-9 (ABC affiliate), Kansas City Star, Lawrence Journal World, WDAF-4 (FOX affiliate), Kansas City Royals, St. Joseph News Press, Red Rocket, Metro Sports, KQ2 and KZLX 106.7 FM.

The seminar registration fee covers all workshop materials and transportation from Kansas City to Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.


Coordinate workshop attendance with summer employment plans. Notify your employer that you will be attending this leadership workshop on July 9-11. Don’t forget to figure in your travel plans on the 8th and 12th. If your employer needs additional information, have him/her contact the seminar director Laura Widmer at (660) 562-1365 or


Review your reporting, photography, videography, design, web and social media work and be prepared to discuss them at the seminar. Collect issues of your high school newspaper and mail them or bring them to the workshop in July. During breakout sessions you will compare and critique pages and sections with fellow editors. Some examples to consider:

  • New Sections or Publications
  • The Big Event – coverage of the biggest campus event/issue/controversy of the year
  • Front Pages – your best or (if you dare) your worst
  • Opinion Pages – your most spirited debate, best edits, cartoons, letters, columns
  • Sports, Arts & Entertainment – your best pages, sections and story ideas
  • You Are The News – when your news organization made news because coverage or lack of it caused major controversy


We will provide cameras and audio equipment for training and use during Multimedia Day on Wednesday, July 11. If you choose to use your own equipment that day we will not be able to offer technical support or assistance during training sessions or the afternoon assignment.


Casual attire is appropriate for the two-day training at Liberty North High School and Multimedia Day at Northwest Missouri State University.

Late July is hot and humid in our area. But bring a light jacket or sweater to wear as the classrooms tend to be cool in the summer.

Remember you will be meeting with professionals in the industry each day of the seminar and that your attire will reflect on you so make sure your casual attire is still appropriate and professional.


Laura Widmer, seminar director, at or call (660) 562.1365

Ann Bertoldie, seminar event planner, at or call (816) 736.5346