10 Quick Improvements to Your News Design: Outdated newspaper designs? Struggling with old type and design furniture that just doesn't fit any more? The six-time editor of The Best of Newspaper Design has some suggestions for both sooner and later. Ron Johnson, Society of News Design and Indiana University     

50 Sites For Journalists: A rapid-fire list of 50 web tools and apps for journalists: From Doodle to Storyful, you'll find tools to help share and discover content, find sources and create interactive stories plus spend a few minutes wasting time with some good old-fashioned fun on the interwebs. Andrew Seaman, Thompson Reuters; Victoria Reitano, Telepictures

A Documentary Storytelling Skillset: Learn how a strong multimedia documentary skillset translates into work across several fields, including academia, nonprofits and advertising. The speaker, a multimedia producer and strategist, will explain the role of storytelling in her work, including experiences as a writer, radio news intern and production intern with StoryCorps. Allegra Oxborough, Design & Acquisition

A Jew, a Pagan and a Mormon Walk Into a Newsroom: In our postmodern world, newsrooms are more diverse than ever. Can people from different religious backgrounds get along? Should newspeople practice a "don't ask, don't tell" policy, or could dialogue be healthy? This panel of journalists with varied religious backgrounds will discuss their experiences of being a person of a certain faith in a newsroom that perhaps tries to pretend faith doesn't exist. Then students will work on guidelines for religious tolerance in their own newsrooms. Michael R. Finch, Lee University                             

A National Student Media Initiative on Rape: Some college-media students have done great work investigating issues about rape. How do we help more journalists do this important work and share training and resources? Do we need a loose coalition, a reporting project or a national conference? Hear about our progress and help us brainstorm the next steps. David Simpson, Georgia Southern University; Susan Zake, Kent State University; Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center    

A One-Man Band: It's no longer about just taking pictures. Today's photographer must also be a streetwise explorer and understand emergency responder radio codes. The life of the visual journalist is in his vehicle -- a rolling office in the tradition of the great chaser "Weegee." Explore what can be done on the move, from photo, video and editing to transmitting and how social media and the web are the new frontier.          Todd Maisel, New York Daily News          

Advanced Analytics in Sports Media: From Bill James to Nate Silver, sports analytics have been brought to a mainstream audience over the last decade. Find out how number-crunching and big data have transformed the way sports fans engage with their favorite teams and players. Learn about the tools and services that sports journalists are depending upon to keep up with the times (calculators not required). Rob Shaw, Bloomberg Sports                                         

Advertising 101: Need help selling ads? Let's start from the very beginning with the basics of print and online advertising. Learn the jargon and how to set prices and get started selling ads. Brad Arendt, Boise State University   

Advertising and Sales Roundtable: How do you motivate your sales staff? Create promotional campaigns to draw in new advertisers? Replace disappearing (if not already gone) national revenue? How important are metrics and readerships? Join sales managers, account execs, advisers and others looking to share advertising and revenue success stories (or vent among peers) in this open discussion.  Alexandria Paulinho, Bloomsburg University        

Advertising and the Art of Communication: Advertising legend Bill Bernbach said, "You won't be interesting unless you say things imaginatively, originally, freshly." See how advertising can be both artful and effective with an advertising pro who has worked on a variety of accounts, including Volvo, Charles Schwab and Napa Auto Parts. Jennifer Perry, Publicis Kaplan Thale  

After the Big Time, Writing Freelance: This former Wall Street Journal reporter worked overseas, covering business stories and other complicated content for BusinessWeek, SpiegelOnline, USA Today and FastCompany.com. Now, as a professor and adviser, he likes to keep his hand in the business as a freelance writer and editing a blog for Forbes.com. Learn what it takes to compete for a print or online piece in the world of freelance. Paul Glader, King's College     

Aggregated Sites -- Getting the Buzz: Aggregated sites like Buzzfeed provide loads of fun content fresh from all over the Web. But how? And what can you and your staff do to get the Buzzfeed buzz on your campus? Find out from site editors themselves and learn what kinds of content can be hits for you. Charlie Warzel and Katie Notopoulos, Buzzfeed  

Audience Engagement: A Sustainable Business Model: We know what matters is getting and holding people's attention, getting them to consume our content, to know us, like us and come back to read our stuff again and again. But until recently, we haven't had the ability to quantify audience attention. Discuss the metrics, tools and approaches to thinking about and using audience engagement as a way to build and monetize a loyal audience.  David van Dokkum, Chartbeat  

Be an Aberration: We're young journalists, sick of being told to become lawyers and attorneys. A year ago we created the student-run, feminist media empire, Aberrance Quarterly (AQ). Rated  No. 2 on a Huffington Post  Best Five Things That Happened in 2013 blogpost, AQ is only beginning. Hear us, join us and become a chic feminist. Alexa Pence, duPont Manual High School; Julian Wright, Columbia University; Steve Squall, freelance photographer; Cienna Fernandez, Corona Del Sol High School; Ashley Burkett, University of Louisville

Breaking in as a Woman: How Today's Female Journalists are Defying Odds and Taking Names: How do you break into the industry as a woman? Find out how to overcome very real obstacles, with anecdotes from female professionals in the news industry. And everyone can benefit from learning how to use skills and assets, how to be persistent and how to value personal perspective if it is unique, instead of seeing what makes you different as a disadvantage. Rebecca White, Narratively   

But I Don't Want To Be A Journalist: So you work for student media, and the biggest lesson you learned is you don't actually want to go into media. How do you translate what you've learned into a real-world job? This session will break down the skills you are acquiring now and help you apply them to a resume. (You will need a pen or pencil.) Adrianne Henderson, Roger Williams University                                            

But I Thought it was OK ... Copyright and Fair Use in the Internet Era: So what is "fair use"? And how can you know what material is copyrighted and what isn't? Is "royalty free" really free? Here's what you need to know about using materials you find on the Web, without a lot of legal gobbledygook. Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center        

Camera Obscura: A Snapshot of Photojournalism Ethics: Through implementation of an ethical-decision-making model designed by philosopher Sissela Bok, we will examine a collection of controversial photographs that spark debate about what should and should not be published as "journalism." We'll also discuss First Amendment responsibilities as well as how photojournalists can serve their community through journalism. Michael Prince, Olympic College      

Chicken Salad: The copy is late, most of the photos are weak, and your production deadline is in 36 hours. But that doesn't stop the EIC from hovering over you, asking, "Can't you add a pull-quote or a chart or something?" How are you supposed to whip up award-winning designs under these conditions? A professional designer will show you how -- by revamping actual college newspapers, from front pages to feature spreads. In minutes, not hours. Note: This presentation features educational nudity and profanity. Michael Koretzky, SPJ national board member   

Chicken Salad II: Extreme Makeover: We're going to gut a dozen student newspapers in less than an hour. We'll tear down their front pages and redesign everything -- including the name of the paper. We'll rewrite every headline and every lead. If you don't like what you see, make a compelling counterargument and win some Mardi Gras beads. Michael Koretzky, SPJ national board member            

Covering Campus Disciplinary Systems: Federal law requires campuses to disclose statistics about who's getting disciplined for what, but those reports are wildly unreliable and almost never audited. The SPLC is putting together a nationwide project to spotlight the inadequacy of disclosure of campus disciplinary statistics. Let's talk about how you can be part of it. Frank LoMonte and Casey McDermott, Student Press Law Center

Covering Crisis: When mass shootings, natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other tragedies strike, readers need the news media more than ever. College students are no exception. Come learn from an award-winning international journalist how to best prepare for and manage coverage in a crisis, big or small.  Stephen Handelman, director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice                                            

Covering the News From the Heartbeat of Christian Faith: How do students of faith cover stories and issues of faith in ways that "normalize" the exploration of faith for college students? A scholar on Christianity and the press  will use his case-study approach to offer ideas on coverage that is possible on the college campus. Michael Smith, Campbell University       

Covering Touchy Topics: See real-world examples and explore case studies to think about the ways you cover disasters and tragedies. An ethicist will demonstrate a model that can be used in covering such touchy topics as student government scandals, suicide, financial abuse and controversy in general. Mitch Land, Regent University       

Covering Tragedy With Sympathetic Objectivity: Each death in a community contains a story that needs to be told. Review and discuss examples from campus and professional newspapers to show how reporters can tell stories of faith shining through adversity. See how with every obit or accident, a newspaper staff learns something new. You'll also discuss a strategy that helps reporters and editors do their job well without unduly alarming the community. Deborah Huff, Liberty University            

Creating a Marketing Team for Student Media: Let's renovate the way we generate revenue. Does it only come through print ads, online ads or underwriting? And let's renovate the way we operate. Could student media consist of more than just editorial, broadcast, and advertising teams? And create opportunities for students to gain experience in administration, marketing, design, sales and more? Hear what's been working at Kennesaw State, and walk away with ideas of your own! Amie Mowrey, Kennesaw State University             

Creating Cohesion With Your Yearbook Staff: A veteran yearbook adviser and a yearbook editor-in-chief discuss tips, tricks and techniques to teamwork building among yearbook staffs. While newspaper staffs are typically together at least two or three times a week, if not daily, yearbook staffs rarely get the time to bond. This pair talks about how they get their staff to gel, from a beginning-of-the-year retreat to weekend work sessions and, of course, pizza. Steven Chappell and Kelsey Schriver, Northwest Missouri State University     

Creative Thinking: Go From No Idea to Great Ideas: It's a terrifying feeling: You're on deadline, you need an idea for a story or design and you're staring at a blank screen. But creativity shouldn't be a nightmare or a mystery. There are easy ways to come up with original concepts that will make your work stand out. Learn how to develop creative solutions and be more innovative from a visual journalist whose work appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Businessweek. Sean Kelly, Creativity Seminar and Sean Kelly Studio                    

De"zine" Careers Explained: Magazine designers and a publishing HR rep give you the lowdown on how to get those design internships and first jobs in magazine art departments, big and small.     Leah Bailey, Society of Publication Designers; Dennis Huynh, Entertainment Weekly; Jennifer Sharpe, Time Inc.; Mikey Ley, Bon Appetit magazine           

Deadline-Driven Design: Designing award-winning, portfolio-worthy magazine or yearbook spreads doesn't happen in minutes, nor in a silo. Learn how to experiment with design ideas, to adjust your designs based on what unfolds, to collaborate with other members of the staff and to drive the design in short, iterative cycles to assess what works best for the publication, the reader and the looming deadline. Courtney E. O'Connell, The Ladders                                      

Death on Campus: A Primer for Ethical and Responsive Coverage: Every news staff will, at some point, face covering a death on campus. If you're not ready, your coverage will seem weak, insensitive or simply irrelevant. Learn to plan how deaths are covered, from what records to seek and how to interview friends and family members to ways to deal with criticism. The emphasis will be on fair and ethical coverage, while keeping an eye out for public safety issues that might need investigating. Max McCoy, Emporia State University    

Design By Inspiration: There's no need to reinvent the wheel -- but you shouldn't flat out steal it, either. Learn to adapt the design you see working in professional media.  Find the best of what's out there to create the best work for your campus. Randy Stano, Ivana Cruz and Raquel Zaldivar, University of Miami

Design Doctor: Bring your yearbook pages (in print or downloaded image files), and the design doctor will shoot you some improvements Ñ from content to visuals, from typography to white space. Ron Johnson, Society of News Design and Indiana University

Design to Scare Your Boss: One of the highlights of the SND convention last year was the speaker's session: "If You're Not Scaring Your Boss, You're Not Trying Hard Enough." Hear his tips for being bold -- and still getting your frightened boss to approve your design! Tim Frank, Gannett Design Studio                                     

Designing Your Redesign: So, you want to redesign, but where do you start? A good redesign is driven by solid research and feedback from your readers. Learn how to get the opinions you need and then how to translate them into positive design upgrades and modifications that refresh your pages and readers. Make your redesign fab, not flab. Jessica Clary, SCAD Atlanta          

Diversity Roundtable: Students only. Moderators of various races/ethnic origins will have two minutes each (time them!) to suggest topics. (Are minority journalists always given "minority" stories? Is the newsroom environment welcoming to all?) Then jump in to discuss whatever you feel is most important. Trey Williams, Northwest Missouri State University; Aaron J. Montes, University of Texas at El Paso; Meagan Williams,  Southern University and A&M College; Francesca Stokes, Bloomsburg University

Double Session: Resume Design Magic: Put your best foot forward! Create a resume and portfolio that will get you in the door. In the first half of the session, students will learn insider information on how to make their resumes pop among the other applicants. Examples of well-designed resumes, portfolios, and must-have tools of the trade will be available. In the second half of the session, students' resumes/portfolios will be critiqued. Make sure to pack yours! Katie Schlientz, Bruckner Design  

Double Session: The Myth of Objectivity: Journalism students are told to be objective in their writing. But what exactly does this mean? What's wrong with subjectivity in journalism? Let's talk about the mythology of objectivity and see how it may not be the holy grail after all. Trum Simmons, Harrisburg Area Community College

Drones, Wearable Tech and Who Knows What Else: The folks at the "Thunderdome" are actually playing with (OK, studying) drones, wearable tech and anything else that might affect how we gather or share news. Hear some actual research and get excited about the very near future. Tom Meaghe and Patrick Hogan, Digital First Media        

"Dropping Out Saved My Future Career": Blogging. Social media. Features. News. Print or digital. All factor into the type of journalism we want to embrace upon graduating. But how do you know it's what you want to do until you've immersed yourself in it? Learn about the year the speaker spent covering technology, social media, New York City, politics and education before returning for his senior year with a vastly different understanding of the industry that wasn't being taught in a classroom. Kenneth Rosen, freelance writer and journalist

Editorial Leadership in Yearbook: It may be a challenge to lead your peers, but as an editor, it is vital that you have a vision and be able to articulate it to your staff and audience. And you have to do all this while ensuring your staff is trained, meeting its deadlines and doing quality work. Learn how to do all of that and more. Sally Renaud, Eastern Illinois University                                   

Effective Social Media Guidelines: Elements to Include and Limitations to Consider: With social media use continually increasing, newsrooms need guidelines that encourage effective use of Facebook, Twitter and other outlets but not curb staff members' free speech or creativity. Use common examples to craft a set of policies (or review those in place) that do more than list prohibited actions. Sandy York, Marshall University             

FBI Strategies for Interviewing: Learn the tools the FBI has been using for years to get useful information out of interview subjects. This session shows you how to use simple psychological strategies to set people at ease and make them more likely to tell you what you want to know, without pliers or a car battery! These ethical, easy-to-learn tools are perfect for anyone who gets anxious before a big interview, needs an interviewing refresher or wants a psychological advantage. Holly Johnson, Mercer County Community College

Features That Rock: So what is a feature story, anyway? And how do feature writers go about getting ideas and turning them into pieces that readers will remember?  Let's walk through that process, highlighting such essential tasks as seeing a story; developing an approach; identifying and working with sources; planning, writing and rewriting; and holding readers' interest.  You'll leave with tips on getting started, dos and don'ts and a list of story ideas that will work on just about any campus. Richard Conway, Nassau Community College

FERPA and Violent Crimes on Campus: When reporters at Oklahoma State's The Daily O'Collegian were tipped about nearly a dozen sexual assaults against new fraternity members, they learned university officials had never contacted local police because they thought it would violate FERPA, the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Let's discuss FERPA and how universities often get it wrong. We'll also talk about the Clery Act, which requires universities to collect and disclose information about crimes on and near campus. Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center    

Finding Badass Stories: Learn how to find and write fascinating sports stories from a New York Times bestselling author. He's published seven books, including Badasses, a history of the Oakland Raiders of the '70s, and a bio of basketball legend Phil Jackson. He has a YA novel on tap for fall and his dark musical about the NFL, Gimme That Ball, is being developed by Bard College. Peter Richmond, author and journalist  

Five Ways to Play with Time Effectively: If "Procrastination" is your middle name, join this interactive session to share your excuses for putting things off (there's a prize for the most creative TRUE story). Learn how to put a plan in place BEFORE you are tempted and then design a set of rules about time that will see you getting it all done with plenty to spare. Marcia Meskiel-Macy, MyMediaSeminars                                

Follow Your Interests to Find Your Niche: Learn how following your personal interests can lead to projects and jobs that make you and your audience happy. The speakers -- a graphics editor and a freelance photographer -- have been working together since middle school. Since moving to New York, they pursued their very different interests (data and running), and those paths have led to dream jobs and dream clients. Get tips on how to find your road. Larry Buchanan, The New York Times;          Zach Hetrick, Zach Hetrick Photography    

Free Tools to Increase Your Social Media Following: Learn about tools that you probably don't know about (and/or don't use well), all of which will help you get -- and keep -- followers on Twitter and Facebook. You'll improve your interaction with your audience and increase people's exposure to your journalism. Andy Dehnart, Stetson University and realityblurred.com                    

Freelance or Staff: Which Fits You Best? Health benefits. Colleagues. A steady paycheck. Doesn't a staff job sound nice, pleasant even? Truth is, staff positions aren't for everyone. A current freelance writer and journalist, and former staff reporter at The Juneau Empire, weighs the benefits and disadvantages of freelancing and staff writing. He'll discuss how to decide which one is right for you. Kenneth Rosen, freelance writer and journalist

From Nowhere to Narrative is Easy as ABCE: A few simple tips -- ABCE (action, background, climax and end) -- can turn your slideshow from a set of pictures to a real narrative story. Learn to look for some basic shots in still and video photography and how to weave them together into a story. Jack Zibluk, Southeast Missouri State University    

Fundamentals of Libel and Privacy Issues Facing the College Press: We live in a litigious society. Learn how your media organization can avoid the legal pitfalls of libel and privacy issues. Should you purchase libel insurance? How responsible is the editor in the eyes of the court? Bring your questions and examples to share in this interactive session. Roger Soenksen, James Madison University                                               

Geeking on Google Analytics: Go beyond page views and how people get to your site. We'll venture in-depth with Google Analytics, and you'll discover how to better understand the information at your fingertips. Brad Arendt, Boise State University                                                             

Go Big or Go Home: An Inside Guide to Crafting Long-Form, Human Stories: Learn a step-by-step guide for long-form journalism, including: What makes an in-depth story; the difference between news stories, documentaries and features; characters' role in great stories; the etiquette of pitching and a guide to pitching human interest stories; the best ways to deal with editors and subjects; deadlines; enhancing stories with photography; and keeping things professional.    Emon Hassan and Rebecca White, Narratively            

Harnessing the Crowd: How Community Can Help You Do Better Investigative Journalism: By this point, most journalists know they should be on Twitter. But did you know custom community building can help produce even better investigative stories? Review how social tools -- online callouts, Facebook groups, social media, social content -- can help you create a strong open investigation and better journalism. We'll focus heavily on ProPublica's patient safety and internships investigations. Blair Hickman, ProPublica   

Healing With Photography: Special places help connect us to precious memories, bitter and sweet. Such places can be medicine that helps salve a restless spirit or quiet refuges from a noisy world. And photography can help us connect to such memories, as the author of the Great Picture Hunt will discuss, demonstrating how college photographers can use photography as part of a healing process. David LaBelle, Kent State University                     

How Do You Teach Writing? How do you teach your students to write like journalists when their favorite adjective is "cool," they don't read newspapers, they seem to love the "college-essay" format and/or they don’t know what news is anyway? Get advising tips and lesson plans that will push students to identify the news, excise opinion, grip the reader and never let go. This session is intended for advisers, but editors looking to improve their reporters' writing are welcome. Chris Evans, University of Vermont

How I Got Maximum Skills in Student Media (and a Great Job After Graduation) The speaker couldn't get his first-choice job at least twice on his college paper. But he graduated in May 2013 and went straight to Digital First Media's "Thunderdome" in New York. he reason: He seized every opportunity to learn new skills. Learn how and why you should do so, too. Matt Walks, Digital First Media 

How the Best Yearbooks Do It What is in or out with the look and tone of college yearbooks? We'll look at sample spreads from strong books to see what they've covered and how. We'll also consider how they handle day-to-day and special occasion design, using all sections of the book. Randy Stano, Katherine Lee, Holly Bensur and Michelle Lee, University of Miami

How to be a Watchdog: Using Public Records Requests to do Great Stories: Was the professor who quit teaching in the middle of the semester fired for trying to date his student? Did the board hide negative comments about the president from the public? Did the university discipline four of the starters on the basketball team who were arrested? Learn how to use public records to hold your university accountable. Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center; Susan Zake, Kent State University                              

How to Get an Internship: Tips From Top Journalism Pros: Pros in journalism -- the very people who hire and supervise interns -- tell you what it would take to get an internship with their news organizations. Walk away with tips you can use when applying for yours. Michelle Hord-White, NBCUniversal; Don Hecker, The New York Times; Jody Beck, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire  

How to Pitch Your Way Into Magazines and More: How do you find places to publish your writing? How do you craft effective pitches that will get an editor's attention? How do you find success as a freelancer? A journalist, TV critic and writer who's written for Buzzfeed, Playboy, NPR, The New York Times and The Daily Beast, among other publications, will give you secrets to making your way as a writer. Andy Dehnart, Stetson University     

How to Use a Journalism Degree Outside of Journalism: "What do you want to do after graduation?" Maybe a news outlet is no longer your career goal. That's OK. You're a master communicator, which opens more than just newsroom doors. Get career tips from a former Ball State University editor in chief, who now hires and runs product at one of NYC's hottest startups and runs the largest Pride March in the nation. David Studinski, Sailthru

How to Use SmartWatches and Google Glasses for News Reporting: From the pages of comic book icon Dick Tracy, meet the smart watch. Participants will get a crash course in how this and other now-available technology can help journalists do their jobs and see examples of good use. Markus Pfeiffer, Regent University                                           

I Am Not An Oompa Loompa: Why You Need Diversity in the Newsroom: Overall newsroom employment is dropping, but it's dropping even faster for minority journalists. Newsroom diversity has been treated as an afterthought -- if it's even a thought at all -- as newsrooms struggle with the digital transition. Why is diversity in the newsroom important, and how do you ensure you're doing all you can to be inclusive? This session will help you answer both questions, and likely others, for your newsroom. Sheena Louise Roetman, Georgia State University

"I Can't Get a Job/Date/ Security Clearance Because of Your Website!" What's a Web editor to do when the dreaded (and inevitable) call comes demanding you remove someone's name, photo or comment from your site? When the writer of a story or column wants you to take it down? What if you published news of someone's arrest, but find out later the charges have been dropped? Do you have to remove the story? Here's what the law says about your responsibility for "unposting" content from your website. Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center   

I'm Sorry, Is MY PERSONALITY Getting In The Way? You wanna know when communication is most effective in a group? When you know personalities! Your personality influences how people communicate with you and how you communicate with them. Do a personality assessment (that you CAN bring back to your staff) and learn how your personality is perceived and how it affects your leadership. You'll also learn how to communicate more effectively with the other personalities on your staff. Bring a pen or pencil. Adrianne Henderson, Roger Williams University                  

In Search of Transparency: Covering Closed Presidential Searches: What would you do if your university held a secret search for its next president? Join the discussion as we discuss coverage tactics and strategies, including using public records and public persuasion to hold the university accountable to its stakeholders, including you.  Susan Zake, Kent State University; Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center; Michael Bragg, Appalachian State University

In the Right Light: So you've got the fancy DSLR camera, the skills and the assignment. How do you make sure you nail the lighting? Learn how to create dramatic lighting in the field, away from a studio, and do it quickly and efficiently so you can meet your deadline and deliver a killer image. Richard Belcher, Soho Photography            

Interactive Design: Have an iPad or Kindle? You're just part of the growing number of readers who are turning to e-readers for the latest headlines. So how can your hard copy pub compete? Learn the pros and cons to e-publishing, a few tricks of the trade and some tools to get you there. Katie Schlientz, Bruckner Design                                            

Interactive Graphics and You: Whether you have experience with data visualization and graphics or just wish you did, this session will give you practical ideas for graphic elements that invite user interaction. Nelson Hsu, Digital First Media

Investigating Campus Rape In a Huffington Post Collaboration: An investigative journalism class tackled the issue of campus rape in collaboration with The Huffington Post. Hear what they learned and pick up ideas to improve your coverage. Steve Fox, UMass-Amherst

It Doesn't Have to Be Lonely at the Top: They say it's lonely at the top. But it doesn't have to be. Sometimes, two leaders are better than one. In this session, we'll discuss the advantages of having an editor-in-chief and managing editor working together to deal with staff drama, deadlines and all other aspects of newspaper production. Ann Williams and Autumn Granza, Marywood University   

It's the Democalypse! Be Very Afraid! You've just taken over the United States, and as its newest dictator, you have to decide how best to control your citizens. First things first, which First Amendment freedoms do you take away? You decide, then we'll see how well you control the masses. Andrea Frantz, Buena Vista University  

Journalism of Ideas: 100+ Shocking, Crazy and Cool Stories: Sleep texting. Squirrel attacks. Campus streaking. Hunger Games fandom. Funeral selfies. This session -- led by the author of Journalism of Ideas, a textbook on story brainstorming and discovery -- will share a slew of eye-popping, award-winning stories aimed at providing you with related ideas of your own. Advice on how to adapt, flesh out and digitize these ideas and others like them will also be provided. Dan Reimold, Saint Joseph's University

Journalists are Superheroes: Superman and Spiderman chose to change the world with their superpowers -- and not just their physical ones. Famously seeking "truth, justice and the American way," these superheroes sought careers in journalism. Join us to discuss why journalism appealed to these heroes, the ethical breaches they committed and how today's journalists can also be super. Kelley Callaway, Rice University                                  

Journosaurs and Techphobes: You Can Do Video: Your student media site needs video content.  If you have a smartphone and iMovie, you can create compelling and entertaining videos. We'll show you how. Please bring your smartphone and laptop (installed with iMovie) to this session. Adam Crisp, Savannah College of Art and Design       

Keys to Blogging and Freelancing as a Career: Sometimes you don't feel like working for anyone. This speaker says there's nothing wrong with that. Let's talk about how to start your own blog and tap into the freelance world so you can dictate your career on your terms and your time.             Scooby Axson, SI.com

Kirk or Picard? What kind of leader are you? Are you Lincoln or Che? Captain Kirk or Captain Picard? Compare your management style to the iconic leaders of history and popular culture -- and learn how you can avoid becoming Herbert Hoover or Michael Scott. Sabastian Wee, Georgia State University      

Land an Internship or Job With a Cutting edge Web E-Portfolio: A new-media wonk and experienced adviser will showcase examples of solid media portfolios and provide suggestions on what you'll need in yours. He'll also walk you through the pros and cons of various website options. Come ready to take notes. Markus Pfeiffer, Regent University 

Learn to Love (and Be Excellent at) Writing Headlines and Cutlines: Headlines and cutlines are the first words readers will see -- so if they stink, your stories don't matter. Learn how to write them the right way, and win fabulous prizes for writing your own for national publications. When you get back home and create compelling display text on your own, bask in the appreciation and adoration. Dan Sweeney, Florida Atlantic University

Legal Issues and Digital Media: Anyone with a website, social-media presence or an app should know the legal issues involved in producing media for digital platforms. Copyright, licensing, advertising, contracts: There's a lot of information you need to know so your digital operation doesn't get you into legal hot water. The man behind Broadcast Law Blog will offer invaluable expertise on many of the issues that arise for digital media operations. David Oxenford, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP                            

Libel Law: What Not to Say: Learn the fundamentals of libel law and best practices to avoid liability in the industry, a must for anyone creating content for multiple platforms. The speaker, a former broadcast journalist and lawyer, teaches journalism and communications law. Rebecca Taylor, Siena College 

Living the (Pipe) Dream: Landing a gig at Entertainment Weekly seemed like a pipe dream a few years ago. Fast forward through all the internships, nos and the invention of the iPad, and that dream is now a reality. Hear how an Oklahoman made the move from Tulsa to NYC. We'll talk about how to make it in the magazine industry fresh out of college, and then have a Q&A session for all your burning questions. Seriously. Ask her anything! Breia Brissey, Entertainment Weekly                                        

Lost in Transition: What You Missed in Journalism's Metamorphosis: The segue from print to multimedia has been so rapid that many rising journalists don't know the traditions that built the industry. Through slides, video and narration, we'll examine and deconstruct seminal events in American journalism and look for parallels among eras, including our digital age. Warren Baker, Champlain College      

Making the Most of Opportunities: How to Stay Busy Between Media Gigs: Use your skills, expertise and background to stay busy (and happy) while searching for your full-time media job. Learn how to build and leverage a network to create jobs and opportunities that may not even currently exist. Explore ways to be your own advocate while enjoying yourself at the same time. Maggie Mullikin, Elon University           

Making The Most Out Of Your Internship: In such a competitive field, an internship is no longer optional -- it's essential. But once you've landed your internship, how can you make it about more than just grabbing coffee and schlepping samples? Get real-world advice on maximizing your time as an intern, including how to work with and learn from editors and how to score a byline, too. Annie Tomlin, freelance editor

Making Your BEST First Impression: Whether the interview is for a story an internship or a job, in this session, attendees will learn how to get a call back, get remembered and go to the head of the class. This interactive session will give you skills that you will use right now -- not notes that you will file away and soon forget. Marcia Meskiel-Macy, MyMediaSeminars

Mashable and Mars: Think Web reporting is all listicles and GIFs? The speaker, a college media EIC just five years ago, covers big-time science and technology and is the author of Mashable's first full-length e-book, The United States of Mars. Find out what that's like and how you can prepare yourself for such a career path. Amanda Wills, Mashable        

Media Ethics: How to Expect the Unexpected: Reporters on the job and under deadline often encounter ethical dilemmas that require them to make -- and live with -- split-second decisions. Young journalists are armed with significant power and discretion early in their careers. Join us to explore common dilemmas you may encounter on the job.  Rebecca Taylor, Siena College     

Mind-Breaking Mentality at Back-Breaking Speeds: Through discussions, interviews and activities, students will gain an improved understanding of different aspects of media from different mindsets. Chat with a poet/writer as he shows you how to generate your own stories from different aspects and summarize the most compelling details in 30 seconds. Alex Luma, Future Leaders of STEM & Medicine/Evolutionary Mentality      

Mirrorless Might, the Other Pro Cameras: A mirrorless camera system is more than a glorified point and shoot. Adding a mirrorless system to a professional DSLR camera allows photographers to get closer to subjects and cover stories more discreetly. The unobtrusive bodies don't scare sources off like their clunky DSLR counterparts can. Learn how you can use their small size to cover a story in its entirety and still end up with great image quality.  Paul Wintruba, Robert Morris University  

Multimedia Storytelling: The digital age gives filmmakers, documentary photographers and photojournalists extraordinary, unprecedented ways to tell stories. With this new ability, you can also exercise a greater level of authorship. Learn how to disseminate your work to create an impact on the subject, issue and possibly society. See how some of the top photojournalists have redefined their storytelling capabilities to include audio reporting and an eye towards publication in multiple media. Brian Storm, MediaStorm       

Network and Freelance Your Way to Work: Refining your resume can only take you so far. Learn and put into practice tools for building your personal and professional networks to take you from unemployed to steady work, and keep you there.Allegra Oxborough, Design & Acquisition

Never Use Comic Sans. Never. Ever. Type is all around us. Good type. Bad type. Learn what sets the good, the bad and the ugly apart. Your guide has worked for more than nine years in leading global advertising agencies developing and producing concepts for digital, print and TV. Jennifer Perry, Publicis Kaplan Thale                                               

Newsroom Hunger Games: How to Run Toward (and Catch) the Fire: Are you a tribute out to win at all costs or one who will inspire a revolution? If you've got any hopes of leading your news staff into revolution -- that is, reporting news as a team – you’ve got to work together. Learn strategies for team-building and keeping the presses free, including techniques for staff training, planning coverage and maintaining a consistent message.  Lindsey Wotanis, Marywood University; Andrea Frantz, Buena Vista University                         

NYC Shootout Closing: After photojournalists have spent two days fulfilling the assignment, pro photographers and instructors will critique their work. The group will also select a class favorite. Come to the closing keynote to see a variety of the photos. Winners (selected by a panel of pro judges) will be posted on the CMA website in about two weeks. Bradley Wilson, Midwestern State University                                     

NYC Shootout Opening: Photojournalists who want to participate in the NYC Shootout should attend this assignment briefing to discuss the topic for the assignment, deadlines and file formats. Attendees will also be able to see some of the entries that received top ratings in past Shootouts. Bradley Wilson, Midwestern State University  

Old vs. New News: News is ever-changing, and so is its mode of presentation. The Boston Marathon Timeline (http://vimeo.com/65430449) video combined writing, broadcast and crowdsourcing, reached more than 75,000 views in two weeks and was a Vimeo staff pick ... and it was created by a student. We'll discuss how and why the video was made and the reactions to it. Emily Tolan, Cutters Studios                                       

One Way or Another: Solving Digital Imaging Issues  Ever had a photo submitted that is too low in resolution to print? Do you need the image background removed NOW? Learn additional photo editing skills with onOne Software's Perfect Photo Suite. This session will show techniques using Perfect BW, Perfect Mask, Perfect Resize and Perfect Effects.Polly Walter, University of Central Arkansas   

Online Video Editing: the Latest YouTube Tool for Journalists Imagine you are reporting in the field with only a smartphone. Learn how you can work quick and dirty -- upload the video to YouTube and edit the clip using only your YouTube account. This approach could save the day when a backpack reporter is on deadline without all her equipment..  Markus Pfeiffer, Regent University  

Opinion That Matters: Everyone has an opinion. So why are opinion columns so hard to write? Coming up with compelling and insightful opinion doesn't have to be agonizing. Learn from a newspaper adviser and award-winning columnist how to find issues that matter to readers, how to "people-ize" them and, most importantly, how to bring energy and life to your commentary. Brian Thompson, Flagler College    

Out of the Purple Haze and Rolling in the Green: Marijuana and Student Newspaper: The Seattle cops gave out bags of Doritos at this year's annual Hemp Fest: Times have changed. Now it's not just High Times covering the business of pot, but college media. Sour diesel sale, superstores with shopping carts, re-purposed dental tools, dabz, organic, public safety laws, nanograms, and more, including editorial content and revenue streams for student newspapers. Do you want color in that ad? Bonne Smith, Peninsula College                    

Picture Stories: More Than Just a Group of Pictures: Telling stories with photographs isn't easy. And it certainly doesn't mean just grouping together related images. The author of the Great Picture Hunt will show you how to tell stories that will capture the viewer -- through time, location or other meaningful ways -- and leave them wanting more. David LaBelle, Kent State University   

Profiling Athletes: How to Find Great Stories: Learn how to research and profile the athletes you cover from a columnist for SI.com who previously worked at ESPN.com, Newsday and -- amazingly -- as a food and fashion writer. He's written six books including his newest, Showtime, a biography of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers. Jeff Pearlman, SI.com            

Publishing: Becoming a Career Book Lover: With a double major in graphic design and writing, this speaker developed her equal passions in visual and language arts while still in college ... and then got a career that encompassed both. Covering a basic outline of the publishing structure, she'll help attendees see their own journeys into the niches that best fit their talents. Jordan Wannemacher, Columbia University Press

Pulling the Trigger at Mashable: Be Fast AND Accurate: As associate editor at Mashable, the speaker (a college EIC five years ago), decides how breaking news will be covered. The angle is important, getting online quickly is important -- but accuracy is most important. She says, "A lot of my job is determining what is accurate and when to pull the trigger on it, which is exhilarating to say the least." Learn to apply her tips in your media. Amanda Wills, Mashable                 

Reboot the Right Way: A fresh start means more than new fonts. Learn how to use newsroom configurations, market research and ad campaigns to specifically tailor content and design to your audience. Walk away knowing what you should -- and shouldn't do -- to build a successful (and lasting) brand for your news organization. Sabastian Wee, Georgia State University

Reignite Your Creativity: Personal creative projects can combat burnout and encourage creativity in both student journalists and student-media advisers. See how documentary projects have helped one academic deal with personal and professional challenges. The speaker will also showcase other creative works and show you how projects like these could help you grow. Clark Baker, Baylor University        

Rock On ... line! How to Become a Music Journalist: So you want to be a rock-and-roll reporter? It takes a lot more than just blood, sweat, tears and good writing skills. This session will show you how to become a music journalist with a loyal readership before you even hit the streets. Toni Albertson, Mt. San Antonio College

Sex, on Deadline: Covering Campus Love, Lust and Every Kink in Between: In a growing number of columns and special features, student journalists are reporting and commenting on issues of sex, love and campus hookup culture. This session -- led by the author of Sex and the University, a book on the student sex column movement -- will share tips on sexy topics to tackle, hurdles to avoid and story formats to take. Carrie Bradshaw will make an appearance -- via PowerPoint. Dan Reimold, Saint Joseph's University       

Sexual Assault and Dating Violence: Reporting Tips and Campus Myths: An experienced first responder will share sexual assault and dating violence facts, stats, common myths and coverage tips. What do the victims of these traumas endure before, during and after the incidents? What role do law enforcement and professional and student media play? And what role should they play?  Christina Gaudio, special investigator and victim advocate     

Shoot Professional-Looking Videos With Your Smartphone: Learn, hands-on and in real time, to use your smartphone to capture clear sound and entertaining video to produce compelling, short Web stories. You'll also review examples of stories that make use of both A and B roll and how to combine sound and pictures to build a video that grabs viewers and holds them to the end of the story. Bring your phone and earbuds! Ken Kobré, San Francisco State University      

So You Want to Cover Big-Time Sports: Want to cover the Olympics, the Final Four and the World Cup? Find out what the Associated Press will be looking for when you apply. The speaker oversees AP sports, entertainment and digital news. Lou Ferrara, Associated Press 

So You Want to Write About TV: A senior writer for TV Guide discusses what it takes to make it in television criticism and how to navigate the space between being a fan, critic and journalist. Damian Holbrook, TV Guide  

Social Editing: Using Facebook Groups to Improve Your Content: Advisers and student leaders from The Wood Word, Marywood's newspaper, will discuss how they transitioned all of their content editing to a Facebook platform. Learn how to use Facebook efficiently for a social editing process, which not only improves newspaper content, but also individual writing skills, communication, and teamwork. Lindsey Wotanis, Satara Dickey, Evan Felser and Vinny Schultz, Marywood University

Social Media Marketing: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest! We all know we (and our readers) spend WAY too much of our free time perusing these sites. Use social media to reach out to your readership. Learn the latest apps and tools to keep your publication's social media on the cutting edge. Katie Schlientz, Bruckner Design    

Sports Controversies on Campus: Your star football player's fake, online relationship goes public. A coach has been found sexually abusive to his/her players. Learn from two sports pros and an experienced adviser how to uncover information when the athletic department goes underground and won't talk. Discuss how best to cover sports controversies of all kinds on your campus. Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated; Gary Metzker, California State University, Long Beach; John Branch, The New York Times     

Step Away From the Mouse: Every great design started on a whiskey-stained napkin at a bar in the Lower East Side. It's time to go back to the basics and find how to put these principles into every day designing. Join this young design professional to transform garbage into cutting-edge pieces for your portfolio. Bring your favorite pen, and I'll bring the napkins -- we're totally gonna meet this deadline. Christopher Hardgrove, Niche Media Productions

Sticky or Sweet? Describing Food for Restaurant Reviews: Real food writing isn't a Yelp review describing pizza dough as "fresh," cheese as "artisanal" and salad as "crisp." All writing benefits from use of sensory detail, but food writing relies on the ability to offer useful descriptions. Learn to focus on descriptive language, select useful adjectives and craft creative metaphors that help clarify a sensation rather than confuse or bore your reader. Holly Johnson, Mercer County Community College

Tackling the Sci-Tech Beat: Science and technology are two of the richest areas for coverage in the Digital Age, but how do you keep up with the latest innovations and give readers more than just study summaries and gadget reviews?  A top editor from Scientific American offers tips and ideas for those on the sci-tech beat. Michael Moyer, space and physics editor at Scientific American

Taking Coverage Off Campus: From politics to city policies to entertainment, the campus and community can benefit from coverage in your paper. Learn how one newspaper expanded its territory -- covering local elections, changes in zoning and community events -- and how you can beef up your own coverage. In response, you'll get increased reader interest and engagement, on and off campus, and opportunities to interact with local leadership for an enriched reporting experience.   Deborah Huff, Liberty University

The Amazing and Awesome AP Style News Quiz: Do you know the eight states that are never abbreviated? Are you a copy editors best friend? If you caught that error and love game shows, then this session is for you. All students are welcome to compete in this quiz based on the Associated Press Stylebook. The rules are simple: Answer the most random AP Style questions to win. The last person standing wins a spectacular prize and bragging rights. #APQuiz. Geoff Carr, North Idaho College                                              

The Art of (Story) Pitching: You know you have a great story, but now you have to convince the rest of the newsroom. Editors and news directors are looking for home-run story packages, but if you've developed an idea and don't know how to pitch it, you'll be stuck in the minor leagues. This session will offer creative strategies for successfully pitching story ideas -- helping you stand out as a student media staffer, intern and professional freelance journalist. Andrea Frantz, Buena Vista University; Rebecca Taylor, Siena College; John Capouya, University of Tampa              

The Boston Marathon: A Lesson in Photojournalistic Ethics: Visual coverage of the Boston Marathon posed a challenge for photojournalists, online producers and media managers. Some graphic images were digitally altered. Some were cropped. And some publishers held to the standard of depicting reality. Learn why discussing how to handle such coverage in advance and having an ethics policy can improve your publications. Bradley Wilson, Midwestern State University      

The Career Blogger: Plenty of journalists get their start on blogs, but what about writers who want to stay there? Hear the how and why from both bloggers who run their own sites and those who write and edit for others. Dan Nosowitz, TheDodo.com; Charlie Warzel and Katie Notopoulos, Buzzfeed            

The Danger of Covering News: How to Protect Your Physical and Mental Health: Increasingly younger journalists are being hired to replace experienced reporters, but are these eager rookies prepared to protect their physical and mental health while in dangerous, major metropolitan news situations? An experienced broadcast journalist badly beaten in a riot offers pointers on preparing for dangerous situations and ideas for staying physically and mentally healthy through it all. Julia Sandidge, Oregon State University                                              

The Ethics of Interviewing and Quoting the University President (or Anybody Else): Is it OK to quote from a YouTube video of your college's president? How much of a university news release should you use in a news story? How much paraphrasing of a quote is OK? Learn the ethics and techniques of contacting, interviewing and quoting college administrators in particular and other sources in general. Anthony Hatcher, Elon University     

The Fruit That Ate Itself: You have a great media outlet but for some reason, a couple of your best staffers start to bash it -- to the public! Discuss strategies for dealing with staff members who air the station's or paper's dirty laundry through the very medium that employs them. Paul Glover and Michael Ray Taylor, Henderson State University; Kelley Callaway, Rice University

The Good, the Bad and the Really, Really Ugly: Color can make or break a story package, and understanding how to use color effectively is more complicated than you might think. A brief explanation of how colors have both positive and negative meanings will lead to discussion, analysis and examples. Avoid Skittles vomit and discover the power of effective color. Linda S. Puntney, Herff Jones                 

The Most Sarcastic, Silly, Satirical Session Ever: A Guide to Student Press Satire 101: Funny. Opinionated. Timely. Newsworthy. And made up. Satire is popular, but it's also an editorial minefield. From April Fools' editions and editorial cartoons to over-the-top tweets, student journalists are increasingly finding themselves in hot water for satire gone wrong. Learn from a pair of veteran advisers about the art of poking fun without getting fired and how to harness the power of satire in full issues, back-page specials, opinion pages and Facebook posts. Be warned: This session will be snarky. Dan Reimold, Saint Joseph's University; Kelley Callaway, Rice University 

The Religion Beat: Your Ticket to Feature Fare Editors (and Readers) Will Love: Breaking news! The religion beat is back! Most folks doing the hiring in America's newsrooms say a specialty is critical. Why not specialize in religion? Learn how this beat is out of this world and might open more doors than you might think. Joe Starrs, The Institute on Political Journalism                                          

The Revolution Won't Be Televised: Redefining Minorities In Media: The American mainstream media often offer slanted depictions of minorities or marginalized peoples. How do alternate media combat these biases? Learn ways to reappropriate these depictions by establishing your own media platforms and ultimately rewriting the rules of media ... and learn about revolutionaries who are paving the way. Elise Peterson and      Adeshola Adigun, SaintHeron.com    

The Same but Different: The best work is inspired, not stolen. Yearbook staffs will examine professional designs, including magazines and other media, to help them create an amazing backdrop to the story of the year. Coverage of the same annual topics doesn't have to look or read the same. Get creative and find your own inspiration. Linda S. Puntney, Herff Jones         

The Shape of Things to Come: Structuring Literary Journalism Stories: Writers and editors: Learn the six basic shapes stories can take (from circles to weaves) and become familiar with the concept of a governing metaphor as a structuring device. Walk away understanding how to put these literary tools to work in your stories. Pat Miller, Valdosta State University       

The Short Story: A quality picture pulls a viewer into a publication, but it's the caption that helps them answer the questions raised by the photo. Come walk through how to write storytelling captions with impact, and discuss why the cutline is the responsibility of the photojournalist, what should be included and why photojournalists should care. Kevin Kleine, Berry College 

The Venn Diagram of Teacher/Producer: Want to tell the world's stories? Do you have your tools (camera, audio recorder, notepad) nearby at all times? Molly Haley lives like this, and it has translated into a career as someone who teaches young people these skills and ways. Learn how to find the balance between producer and teacher. Molly Haley, The Telling Room

Things We Swear By, Gen J Edition:  Generation J is you: the generation of journalists getting ready to set the world on fire. It's also a Society of Professional Journalists community, a home for all journalists in their first 10 years of "real life." Learn from two Gen J'ers about the tools you have and how to use them, digital branding, how to keep your identities professional (and fun) and what things you need to do to get hired in this job climate. Victoria Reitano, Telepictures; Andrew Seaman, Thompson Reuters   

This is PhotoJeopardy! PhotoJeopardy is a dangerously entertaining way to learn about everything from MIL point-and-shoot cameras to Flip, on-the-fly video productions. Learn and win fabulous prizes! Final Jeopardy is like double jeopardy; keep your hyperfocal distance, my friends. Rich Riski and Boneita Smith, Peninsula College 

Timing, Light and Composition of Great Photography: TLC -- tender loving care. Photography, and photojournalists, certainly need TLC. But they also need to understand TLC -- timing, light and composition. The author of the Great Picture Hunt will go over some of the basics of quality photojournalism with tips for experienced photographers and beginners alike. David LaBelle, Kent State University   

Tough Interview? You Can Do It! Does your stomach ache at the thought of interviewing the college spokeswoman who always criticizes you? Or the campus police chief who doesn't welcome your analysis of crime statistics? Or the student who just lost a loved one to combat or a tornado? Learn how to do these interviews while respecting your subjects — and yourself. David Simpson, Georgia Southern University 

Trespassing in the Middle East: A panel of educators will discuss street cred, riots, underground beauty, corrupt re-elections and why the love for storytelling and the truth continues to transform a vital strategic region of the globe from the business pages to the front pages of The New York Times, Wired and WikiLeaks 2.0. Rich Riski, Peninsula College; Joanne Lisosky, Pacific Lutheran University; Rosemary Armao, CUNY

Turbocharging InDesign: To design and produce print media, you need to know InDesign, in and out. Learn tips to make your hands move your mouse and fly over your keyboard as quickly as your mind comes up with ideas. The man who wrote the course on working faster and smarter in the software will show you how, for print and mobile. Joseph Caserto, Joseph Caserto Art Direction + Design    

Turning "Traffic" Into Data-Driven, Real-Time Journalism: This session will explain how the latest advancements in online analytics move data out of back-office reports and into the hands of people who can take action on them -- writers and editors. We'll discuss the different kinds of information you should be paying attention to (e.g., social data, traffic sources, audience return rate, engagement metrics) and how others in the industry are doing so too.  David van Dokkum, Chartbeat

Turning Dull Data into Exciting Visuals: Infographics are everywhere. They're a great way to share information, especially data that's hard number driven and hard to digest. We'll explore how infographics transform data to tell a story your readers will find compelling; concepts and design elements essential for creating infographics; and how to make your infographics stand out in a crowd. Helen Dear, Carbone Smolan Agency     

Tweet Talk: How Your Social Media Skills Can Help You Get a Job: Your broadcast journalism and social media skills can help you land a job in the digital world. Learn how from a former news director who made the leap into digital after spending more than 25 years in local television.        Tom Loebig, AccuWeather; Carrie Moniot, Robert Morris University

Tweeting, Posting and Sharing, OH MY! This hands-on session will show you how to hold on to your most valuable asset -- your reputation. You will learn how to not only preserve your online reputation from here on out, but also how to clean up the bad stuff that may already be out there. Toni Albertson, Mt. San Antonio College  

Using Improv Comedy to Make Your Staff a Better Team: Building a functional, cohesive team is difficult, especially under the pressure of deadlines. But you can have fun while becoming a strong team. Learn easy and fun improvisational comedy games and techniques that you can incorporate into training and staff meetings, led by a journalist who's also a professional improviser. Andy Dehnart, Stetson University   

War Stories: For EICs Only: Being EIC is primarily about managing dozens and dozens of individual personalities, resolving conflicts, dealing with inexperience and ultimately making unpopular decisions. But you're not alone. Join other EICs from across the country to exchange war stories, show off some scars and share the secrets of your own successes. Sabastian Wee, Georgia State University                                               

We Design With a Little Help From Our Friends: Whether you're a novice at design or a veteran graphic artist, it's always a good idea to study ideas from professional publications and adapt those ideas in your publication. See how the professional designers create beautiful ads and double-page spreads in magazines and use them as inspirations for your publications. Laura Schaub, Lifetouch                                       

Web Writing for Entertainment: Arts and entertainment writers have taken the Web by storm, providing in-depth coverage and discussion of nearly every show, game, movie and book under the sun. Learn from a UPROXX pro how to capture and use your unique voice as a reviewer and write compelling web copy on A&E.  Brett Michael Dykes, UPROXX        

What Are All of Those Buttons on My Camera? Pocket cameras and smartphones are increasingly used to capture news and other video footage. What happens when your job requires the use of professional cameras with advanced features? Are you prepared? Learn about features on professional video production equipment and best practices for their use. Herbert Jay Dunmore, Loyola University Maryland  

Whose Personality Is It Anyway? Do Yearbook Themes Reflect the Editors' Style and Agendas or Trends? With the daunting task of producing an historical record, an interesting read and an exciting memory book, yearbook editors often draw upon their personalities, experiences, goals and agendas plus current trends to complete their books. Let's discuss how these individual personality types affect the staff, the theme and the book itself. Polly Walter, University of Central Arkansas                    

Why College Editors Get Jobs: You're an editor because you love it, but it's a smart career move for any field. Learn how to make the most of your time and to use that experience to make your case to a prospective employer. From cover letters and resumes to recommendations and job interviews, college editors are ahead of the game. When jobs are scarce, editors get the jobs. Our panel will show you how best to brand yourself using your time as an editor. Mary Bernath, Gabrielle Vielhauer and Keara Hozella, Bloomsburg University

Why Your Yearbook Needs Social Media: Take your yearbook to the next level through social media. Use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social media to promote your yearbook's content, find new stories, expand sales and enhance distribution. Social media are already used by your campus's breaking news outlets: Why shouldn't your staff use them to expand the yearbook's reach on campus -- and connect to alumni to unload those books in storage? Steven Chappell, Northwest Missouri State University                                                                                

Working Full Time on the Religion Beat: The online magazine A Journey Through NYC Religions continues to garner admiration for its in-depth, street-by-street coverage. Two staffers will share their personal journey along with the work they do daily. They'll discuss their philosophy of sympathetic objectivity; journey-style street reporting; lessons from online journalism; the opportunities of reporting at times of social disruption; journalism for the democratic good; and post-secular journalism.Melissa Kimiadi and Christopher Smith, nycreligion.info  

Writing About Social Justice: Millions of Americans are nowhere near living or ever achieving the American dream. You can find them outside and inside our nice hotel, and they are on your campus, too. Why is this, and why should we care? Let's talk about how to tell these stories.  Trum Simmons, Harrisburg Area Community College    

Writing for a Big Web Audience: At NBC.com, this speaker writes for a big web audience -- and every day he tries to make it bigger. He also has built traffic at places like Gawker and Consumer Reports. Learn how his techniques can work for your media organization. Ben Popken, NBC.com    

Writing Magazine Features -- And Getting Them Published: A great magazine article seamlessly blends the necessary facts with elements of storytelling. Learn  feature-writing structure and get ideas for enterprise features and advice on how to get magazine freelance assignments from a former editor-in-chief of House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Southern Accents and Art & Antiques magazines. Mark Mayfield, University of Alabama                                

Writing with Voice in Narrative and Other Features: We talk about writing with authority, writing with voice and writing narrative. It boils down to accepting that YOU are the storyteller. Your observations may belong in the story. Most direct quotes may not. Learn from some big-name examples and the more modest experiences of a speaker who has gotten away with writing with voice at The Associated Press and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. David Simpson, Georgia Southern University       

Yearbook "Haute" Trends: From cool typography to strategic uses of color and graphics, yearbook designs must look contemporary to attract today's readers. Yearbook ideas are everywhere, from the mall and the Web to magazines and television. See how to use those ideas to create a yearbook your students will love. Laura Schaub, Lifetouch         

Yearbook Roundtable: Join the adviser of the Talisman for a discussion on all things yearbook  -- from caption writing to managing a staff and everything in between -- during this session. Bring your questions and concerns, and get advice from other yearbook editors and advisers from around the country. Charlotte Turtle, Western Kentucky University

Yearbook Themes: Getting It All in Under 200 Pages: Every yearbook staff dreads developing and maintaining a theme while covering all university events in less than 200 pages. This session looks at various themes, theme development, telling the human story and cramming as much as one can on each spread without visually assaulting the reader. Holly Easttom, Oklahoma Baptist University                  

Yes, You Should Cover Popular Culture and the Arts! If student editors are interested in covering the lives of students, that means they will need to cover news related to the arts and popular culture. From student bands to the world of video games, students are making popular art and consuming it. Reviews are one thing. Finding the news in the popular culture scene is something else. Terry Mattingly, Scripps-Howard and Washington Journalism Center