Students discuss page design in ‘Opinion Coverage’ class

On the last full day of the 2011 MIPA Summer Journalism Workshops, instructor Julia Satterthewaite taught her “Opinion Coverage” students about the importance of newspaper page design. She told them that they must pay attention to everything from story placement and white space to picture-taking etiquette.

Instructor Julia Satterthwaite (far right) sits with her class and discusses page design. She reminded the students again and again, "The page design has a lot of tiny little elements, but they're all key." By Liz Rosalez / Upstart Staff

“Imagine a tic-tac-toe board on your camera screen,” Satterthwaite told her students. “You want a photo with the action nice and close.”

The class also discussed proper uses for different fonts in the publication. Eventually it led to a thought-provoking question.

“If you could be any font, which would you be?” Satterthwaite asked her class. “I would be Myriad Pro, it’s so boring. I’m really picky about fonts.” By Liz Rosalez / Upstart Staff

Satterthwaite gets animated while talking with the students about their favorite font choices. Clarencevillle High School student Kaitlin Boatman says, "If I could be a font, I would be Comic Sans, I love it." By Liz Rosalez / Upstart Staff

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