Free classes at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications this fall include a dose of political writing for the political season.
The six-week session of Wednesday evening classes from Sept. 12 – Oct. 17 includes Covering Politics, Feature Writing, Photojournalism, Columns/Blogging and Editorial Writing.
Garry Rayno, from the New Hampshire Union Leader’s Statehouse Bureau, teaches the Covering Politics course. With the class coming at the height of the general election campaign, there will be plenty of politics to write about. The class is offered from 7-8:30 p.m.
Feature Writing helps those who want to write more colorful and engaging stories. Taught by Steve Billingham, a former editor at The Eagle-Tribune, this course delves into using detail and good quotes to bring stories alive. Students must bring their own laptop. The class is offered from 7-8:30 p.m.
Taught by veteran photographer Geoff Forester, Photojournalism helps students identify and use the elements of good feature and news photography. Through hands-on activities and assignments, students learn the skills of telling a story through photos and produce a photo essay. Students will need a digital SLR camera. The class is offered from 7-8:30 p.m.
Citizen journalists, letter writers and anyone who likes to share observations or opinions on-line or in newspaper columns are invited to Columns/Blogging, taught by Nashua Telegraph columnist and blogger Stacy Milbouer and former Boston Globe columnist Tom Long. Stacy and Tom pass along tips on writing personal essays, columns and blogs. This class is more about content than technology. Personal laptops are useful, but not required. The class is offered from 5:30-7 p.m.
Marty Karlon, former Sunday editor and editorial board member of The Telegraph of Nashua, teaches Writing Editorials. Editorials are essential year-round, but the need for an informed opinion makes them even more important during political campaigns. The class is offered 5:30-7 p.m.
All classes are free of charge to students of all ages.
Register at www.loebschool.org or by calling 627-0005.