Pacemaker Master Class: COVID-19 coverage

NSPA and ACP present free webinar on coverage of the pandemic

Watch the recording of the April 2, 2020, webinar.

Three veteran advisers — two with students covering the pandemic and one who directs the Texas high school press association — were featured speakers in the ACP/NSPA webinar on COVID-19 coverage on April 2, 2020.

Amy DeVault, who advises the Sunflower newspaper, at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, shared insights on visuals and storytelling.

Jeanne Acton, journalism director, University Interscholastic League, Austin, Texas, offered specific, constructive advice on building high school coverage.

And Lisa Renze-Rhodes, adviser of the Ball State Daily News and Ball Bearings magazine, at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, shared advice on how to build collegiate coverage.

The town-hall webinar included discussion of coverage/stories already published/aired. It offered story ideas and angles on coverage, and it concluded with a Q/A.

The new Pacemaker Master Class is a remote-learning series on coverage, trends and fundamentals across a spectrum of topics.

The second event in the series —
“Beyond breaking news”

The third event, an NSPA webinar —
“Editorial leadership when it’s needed most”

Future master classes, to be offered for a nominal fee, will focus on the yearbook Pacemaker Award winners and on additional topics including trends and fundamentals.