InDesign For Newspaper covers the basics

Sara-Beth Badalamente, dubbed “OC”, is back at the 2014 MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop teaching InDesign for Newspaper to a class of predominately juniors, with a few sophomore and seniors present.

The quote of the morning session was “go big or go home” and the afternoon session’s quote was “lines, boxes, and texts, oh my!” This evening session will be covering content and how exactly content drives design.

The purpose of the class is to teach all of the basics of InDesign, which is the primary design server for high school newspapers. Without knowing the basic tools and tricks, the application is meaningless.

“The goal for today is for my students to have a basic understanding of InDesign and how to make a story package,” said Badalamente

Each session has a checklist that will be taught. Alternative Story Forms (ASFs) will be a main focus throughout the week. ASFs include infographics, timelines, polls, and more.

The class will be working on sections of their overall final project each session. The final project will be a “one-pager” that can be put into any issue of a student’s newspaper at any time.

Sara-Beth Badalamente helps a student how to create a drop cap on InDesign.  Other things that were taught in the morning session included creating columns, text boxes, learning all the icons, layouts, and manipulating colors and fading techniques.

Sara-Beth Badalamente helps a student create a drop cap on InDesign. Other things that were taught in the morning session included creating columns, text boxes, learning all the icons, layouts, and manipulating colors and fading techniques.

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