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BSU J-Day Visit

April 24, 2013

What is your J-Day Style?  A dozen PHS yearbook students were on a quest to discover more about all things yearbook-related at Ball State University’s annual Journalism Day on Friday, April 19.  The day started with a keynote address by Joe Ward, the sports graphics editor at The New York Times.  As a member of an award-winning multi-media team that makes interactive graphics, Ward gave students a behind the scenes look at the hours of work that go into creating 3D, avatar-like graphics using motion-capture technology.  He has covered the London Olympics, Hurricane Katrina, Ground Zero after 9/11, Super Bowls and more.

During the breakout sessions, student writers Kelsey Schnieders and Stephanie Boyle learned about the writing process and how to go about publishing their work from freelance author Colleen Steffen.  Stephanie said, “The best thing I learned was how to do research for a nonfiction novel.”

Seniors Bobbie Stiles and Hayley Long learned about what to expect during the college years and how to prepare for their careers post-college from a panel of Ball State students.  Instructor Tim Cleland taught Nadia Baca, Olivia Baca, and Brayden Davis more about selling senior ads to generate revenue toward publication costs.  Gloria Garcia, Diana Peynado, and Ramon Luna received design inspiration from instructor Robin Bilinski.  Cindy Todd, National Yearbook Adviser of the Year, shared leadership tips and answered questions about becoming editors from students Morgan Oberley and Dayana Ortiz.  Additionally, students submitted five of their favorite photos at an on-site critique by Chris Townsend.

Nadia said, “My favorite part of the day was seeing the Olympic sport presentations.  They were really cool.”
Display Writing Winners
PHS graduates Lindsey Downs (Butler University) and Samantha Hellinga (IPFW) received an Honorable Mention in display writing for their work published in the 2012 Mayflower Yearbook.

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