You’re Designing the Newspaper class prepares students through various design projects

Students wanting some extra InDesign practice signed up for You’re Designing the Newspaper, taught by Jim McGonnell, a recently retired journalism teacher from Ohio. There are 11 students in the class, which allows for a more relaxed classroom environment with sufficient one-on-one time with McGonnell. The objective of the class is to learn design techniques that will be beneficial to take back to the students’ schools.

“The goal is to be able to come home with something different than what you have, something out of the box,” McGonnell said.

Taking place in room 214 in Bessey Hall, the students spent the day redesigning the nameplate of their school newspaper.

“The design should be eye appealing to get the readers to the stories,” McGonnell said.

By the end of the week at MIPA, the students will complete 3 projects, including a Zombie 5K Obstacle Course Run page design, and a page design based from their own paper.

“I want to learn to develop my InDesign skills,” Shane Huisman, from H. H. Dow High School, said. “It would be helpful to be able to make my designs a lot more interesting.”

Shane Huisman redesigns the nameplate for Dow High School's newspaper, the Update. "This is a lot harder than I thought it would be, but I'm learning a lot," Huisman said.

Shane Huisman redesigns the nameplate for Dow High School’s newspaper, the Update. “This is a lot harder than I thought it would be, but I’m learning a lot,” Huisman said.

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