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Loeb School offers free winter classes

December 11. 2017 8:42PM

MANCHESTER — The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications is set to kick off its 19th year next month with six weeks of free classes in First Amendment Media Law, Broadcasting, Digital Media, Multimedia Storytelling and Digital Audio Production.

An Editorial Cartooning class will be offered online for students age 16 and older. Graphic designer and illustrator Ron Plante will help students explore their creativity and visual conceptualization skills, while focusing on political and social commentary. In Digital Audio Production, students learn skills that can be used for work or home projects. Ed Brouder, a veteran broadcaster and college instructor, will teach students how to record, edit and mix audio with digital software. A laptop with audio editing software, a microphone and USB flash drive are required. The class runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Broadcasting will be taught by WMUR reporter Andy Hershberger and Director of News Operations Jim Breen. Students will learn how broadcast news fits in the changing media world, the technical process behind getting news on the air and the art of covering stories. A tour of WMUR’s studios is also included. Class time runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Digital Media: The Multi-Channel Approach examines digital techniques used by marketers and ways businesses and organizations can use them to better reach target audiences. Taught by Griffin LaFleur, marketing strategist at Penguin Strategies, this class is primarily for individuals who want to get the most out of digital media tools, focusing on popular social media outlets and other helpful software for connecting with clients. Laptops are required, and class runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

In the First Amendment Media Law class, Attorney Gregory Sullivan presents easy-to-understand lessons on the protections and freedoms offered by the First Amendment. The course encourages debates on how far the media and individuals can, and should, go in reporting the news and expressing opinions. Class runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

In Advanced Multimedia Storytelling, longtime newspaper photo editor Don Himsel and Concord Monitor photo editor Geoff Forester teach how to combine photos and sound to develop effective multi-media packages for websites or presentations. Students will need a laptop, digital camera, digital recorder, cable or memory card to upload photos and cable to upload sound.

Students should be familiar with photography and recording audio. Class runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

All classes are free of charge and scheduled on six Wednesday evenings, from Jan. 10 to Feb. 14. Students of all ages — middle-schoolers to retirees — are welcome.

Register now at or call 627-0005.


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